Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is North Texas Collegiate Academy a private school?
No. NTxCA is a public charter school. As such, we do not charge tuition or fees and we are obliged to serve any student who lives within our geographic boundaries and meets age requirements. Our charter was approved by the Texas Education Agency in November 2000 and we opened our first campuses in August 2001. We operate under the supervision of Salvaging Teens At-Risk, (STAR), Inc. and have a local governing board.
2. How is NTxCA funded?
As a public charter school, we receive funds for Average Daily Attendance (ADA) from the Foundation School Program. We also receive state and federal entitlement grants. We do not receive any sales tax revenue or bonds. (Those funding sources stay with your local ISD’s.)
3. Do NTxCA students take STAAR?
Yes, a public school, our students participate in all federal and state assessments.
4. Are NTxCA teachers certified?
Yes, all NTxCA teachers hold current Texas certification in both their content area and ESL. Although charter schools are not required to employ certified teachers, we feel that certification in both content and ESL helps provide our students the best possible instructional experience.
5. What enrollment criteria do students have to meet?
Our students must provide proof of residency within our geographic boundaries. NTxCA currently serves students from 16 local school districts: Argyle, Aubrey, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Celina, Collinsville, Denton, Frisco, Krum, Lake Dallas, Lewisville, Little Elm, Pilot Point, Plano, Ponder, Prosper, and Sanger.
Pre-Kindergarten students must be 4 years old by September 1st and meet at least one of the Pre-Kindergarten eligibility criteria. To view Pre-Kindergarten eligibility criteria, click here.
Students who are experiencing homelessness may enroll without any proof of residency.
6. What extra-curricular activities does NTxCA offer?
NTxCA students can participate in a variety of activities. The list of clubs and extra-curricular options varies by campus, but generally include the following: volleyball, basketball, soccer, academic and fine arts clubs, BETA Club (grades 4-8), community service projects, and electives.
7. Does NTxCA provide meals to students?
Yes, in fact, due to our participation in the Community Eligibility Provision through the Texas Department of Agriculture, all NTxCA students receive free meals. Our well-trained cafeteria leaders prepare nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch daily.
Students may bring their lunch if they choose. Students do not have access to a refrigerator or microwave.
8. Do students wear uniforms?
Yes, NTxCA students wear a school polo shirt and khaki pants/shorts/skirts. You can purchase the school shirts through any campus office for $12.00. Khaki pants/shorts/skirts can be any brand you choose.
Our full student dress code can be found here.
9. Does NTxCA provide Special Education services?
Yes, we offer a full continuum of Special Education services to meet the needs of all identified students. For more information on our Special Education program, click here.
10. How many students attend North Texas Collegiate Academy?
By intentional design, our campuses are small. Our average campus size is 245 students and our average class-size is 15. We believe the strong, positive relationships between the family and the school and between our students and their teachers are essential. Our administrators and teachers know every student by name, strength, and need.
11. What grades does NTxCA serve?
We serve Pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade at each campus.
12. Where do NTxCA students go after 8th grade?
After completing 8th grade with NTxCA, our students have a variety of options. We work closely with each family to identify the option that best meets each student’s needs. Our students may attend local ISD high schools, free online charter high schools (like Texas Virtual Academy-Hallsville or Texas Online Preparatory School), public charter high schools, private schools, Christian schools, or home-schools.
13. Can students enroll in the middle of the school year?
Students can enroll at any time in the school year as long as we have available seats in the specific grade level.
14. What happens if all seats are full?
We are an open-enrollment charter school and students may enroll at any time. However, if all seats are filled in a certain grade level, we can offer a spot at another campus, if available, or place students on a waiting list. The waiting list is a lottery, so when a seat becomes available, we put all names in a hat and have a blind draw.
15. Is Pre-K attendance mandatory?
Enrollment in our high-quality, full-day Pre-Kindergarten program is optional for students who are 4 years old by September 1st. However, once enrolled, we expect our Pre-Kindergarten students to attend full-time daily just like students in all other grade levels do. We do not offer a drop-in program or Mother’s Day Out option. Please do not enroll your 4-year-old student unless you are prepared and committed to participation in our full-day program.
16. Does NTxCA offer transportation?
Yes, NTxCA offers free bus service to a limited number of students who live more than two miles from campus. We offer neighborhood stops, not door-to-door service. Transportation is a privilege, not a right; as such, transportation privileges can be suspended or removed completely for students who do not adhere to the code of conduct for bus riders. The bus is an extension of the school, so we expect the same level of respect and compliance from students while riding the bus as we do when they are in class.
17. What is the school’s bullying policy?
North Texas Collegiate Academy’s bullying policy is found in our Student Handbook. Please click here.
18. What are the school hours?
Our school day is 8:00a.m. through 3:30p.m. (450 minutes per day)
Campus staff are on-duty at 7:30a.m. each morning to supervise early drop-offs and serve breakfast.
19. Does NTxCA offer after-school care?
NTxCA offers after-school care through an independent third-party contractor, The After-School Program. This service is provided on-site at each campus until 6:00p.m. every school day. This is a fee-based program but does accept CCDF. For more information, email [email protected] or call your campus office.
20. What sort of parental engagement options does NTxCA offer?
Parents are the backbone of our program; as a school of choice, our parent support is essential to our continued success. NTxCA offers many parental engagement options:
- Attend parent-teacher conferences for your children
- Volunteer during special events (Fall Festival, Multicultural Fair, athletic events, clubs, camps, etc.)
- Attend parent support groups every 6 weeks at your campus
- Assist with community service projects
- Share your talent and time with your child’s class by serving as a guest reader, career connection speaker, or art/craft helper
21. If I have a concern, what should I do?
As much as we try to communicate clearly and treat all students and parents with respect and grace, we know that concerns and frustrations may arise from time to time. Try to resolve your concern by talking directly with the teacher first. A phone call or face-to-face conference is preferred because it’s hard to tell someone’s tone or intend in an email.
If you cannot reach resolution with the teacher, contact the principal. Again, a phone call or face-to-face meeting is key. If you still have not reached a satisfactory remedy after meeting with the principal, contact the superintendent. Most issues can be resolved with open communication, active listening, and mutual respect.
Our full grievance policy is here, should you need to reference it.