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Welcome to Emporia’s K – 12 Charter School; we are both innovative and non-traditional. Turning Point Academy offers educational choices and flexibility that customizes education for every student. We offer a K-12 Virtual Program, as well as K-4, 5-8, and 9-12 Face2Face Programs to best meet the needs of our families.

Our philosophy is learning can occur at any time and place and quality learning happens in both an individual and social context.The personal touch means so much in a child’s educational experience and Turning Point staff understands that each child is unique. Each student’s individual learning needs factor in to the educational goals and outcomes for which  both the student and staff share responsibility.

 Charter

Charter Renewal 2012-2017

Building Schedule
Our building is open from 7:30 to 4:00 Monday through Friday
RecExtra is available from 4:00-5:30 Monday through Friday
School is from 8:20 -3:55 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
School is from 8:20 – 3:02 on Wednesday
Turning Point Academy
2015­16 Application
About us
As Emporia’s school of choice, Turning Point Academy offers a unique learning environment for
eager self directed learners who would like to participate in crafting their own learning
opportunities. The Face 2 Face (f2f) Program emphasizes the development of 21
st Century skills in an
increasingly digital and global environment. Through the use of Project Based Learning (PBL) and
innovative technologies, students are truly engaged in learning required content and skills. Complex,
authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks help to highlight the excitement
generated in students.
Using PBL
Turning Point Academy directly involves students in their own education with projects that integrate
curriculum areas, thematic instruction, and community issues. By understanding the four walls of a
school are no longer the limits of an education. Students are developing lifelong habits important for
career development and success through a creative, collaborative and communicative learning
environment. Through utilizing their learning styles in their projects, students learn how to plan, set
goals, communicate with others, and become better problem solvers. Our students truly learn to be
lifelong learners.
Family Involvement
Turning Point Academy believes a collaborative partnership between family, school, and community
is essential for student success. Family participation is a fundamental piece of this support system.
Communication between school, family, and the larger community is top priority in the complete
education of our global citizens.
Facilities
Housed at 315 S Market St, Turning Point Academy’s doors open at 7:30 a.m. and remain open until
5 p.m. School lunches are available or students may provide their own lunches; a kitchenette and
cafe area are provided. Bus services are not provided to or from Turning Point Academy.
Our application process offers families an opportunity to enroll in a school which fits their child’s
unique learning needs. We are looking for learners who are self­motivated, and who want to become
involved with the community through integrated curriculum projects.
Please complete Part 1 of the application packet and mail or deliver it to 315 S Market St by
May 1, 2015. Completion of this application packet DOES NOT guarantee enrollment at
Turning Point Academy.
For more information, please contact the office at 620­341­2455
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Application Process explained
2015­16 Application Due Dates:
May 1, 2015
Applications turned in after May 1 will be reviewed based on availability.
The purpose of Turning Point Academy is to provide an education environment for students who need
a smaller learning group, fewer transitions from school­to­school and teacher­to­teacher, and more
kinesthetic learning opportunities than can be created in the traditional school environment. Student
application status will be determined based upon criteria described in the charter, enrollment
limitations and staff input.
The application process requires families to:
1. Complete Application Paperwork, including parent and student essays and two recent teacher
recommendation (past 1­2 years only, please)
2. Student shadow of ½ day
3. Participate in a Family Interview
*(requirements are subject to be waived by an administrator)
Late Applications
Families applying to Turning Point after May 1 will be considered “late applicants” and will be
admitted only if:
1) There is space for the student
2) It is determined that the applicant is a suitable match for the school,
In the event the school receives more applications than there are spaces, the staff will evaluate the
candidates based on their need for a non­traditional schooling environment, to include in part learning
styles, social skills, and growth potential.
Waiting List
After all positions are filled for the current year, a waiting list will be started. If a position opens, it will
be filled based on a lottery of remaining applicants.
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Family Contact Information Date of Application ________
Student Name: __________________________________ Gender:___ Current Grade:_____
Address: ________________________________________________________
City: ___________________ State: ________ Zip Code: _________________
Date of Birth ____/_____/____ Age _____ Primary phone number (____)_______________
Mother’s Name:_________________________________________________
Home Phone (____)____________ Cell Phone (____)___________________
Address:__________________________________________ E­mail address: _______________________
Father’s Name: ________________________________________________
Home Phone (____)____________ Cell Phone (____)___________________
Address:__________________________________________ E­mail address: _______________________
Who has legal custody of this student? ______________ Student lives with?__________________
Has the student previously applied for admission to the f2f program OR previously attended the
Turning Point Virtual program?
_____ no _____ yes, school year: _________
Does the student currently have an IEP? FAILURE TO DISCLOSE IEP NEEDS MAY DISQUALIFY APPLICATION
_______ no ______ yes: Identified area of need: ________________
Last grade level completed: _________ School: ____________________
Most recent Kansas State Assessment scores
(Family may call local school for preliminary scores after tests are administered for the current year)
Math: ________ Reading: ________ Science: (4
th
/7
th grades only) ________
Reading/Math assessments are for the purpose of determining current academic levels and need for student support. Students will not
be accepted or turned away based solely on these scores.
Is the student currently (or has been previously) suspended or expelled from school?
______ no _____ yes Explain:_____________________________(use additional page, if necessary)
Please describe any accommodations that may be required in order for the student to fully participate
in Turning Point Academy: (use additional page, if necessary)
How did you learn about Turning Point Academy?
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Information to be completed by Parent
On a separate sheet of paper, please explain why you want your son/daughter to attend
Turning Point Academy.
Share why you feel Turning Point Academy may be a better educational option for your child.
What do you think your child will gain from the experience? Please include strengths, needs,
interests, and goals.
Information to be completed by the Students
Handwritten on a separate sheet of paper, please explain
● Why you would like to attend Turning Point Academy?
● What makes you unique?
Help us learn more about you by describing your personal background, telling some personal
or school goals you have for yourself. Please also describe what has worked for you in other
schools, and what has not.
Your application must include the following items in order for us to schedule a consultation for
placement:
Student Name: __________________________________ 2015­16 Grade: _________
COMPLETED PAPERWORK CHECKLIST:
1. __ Completed paper application (this packet)
__ Parent Essay
__ Student Essay
__ Teacher Recommendation Forms* detach and give to recommending teachers
2. __ Student Shadow
3. __ Family/School Consultation
Please carefully review your documents to be sure you’ve included all requested information. An
incomplete file will delay the processing of your application.
Questions? Please contact the Turning Point office 620-341-2455.
Please return completed application to:
Turning Point Academy
Attn: Application
315 S Market St
Emporia, KS 66801
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Information to be completed by the Teacher
Teacher Recommendation Form
To be completed by a teacher who has had the student in class this year or last year.
Student name: _____________________________________________ Current Grade Level: _____
Recommending Teacher: _____________________________________ Title:__________________
The purpose of this form is to gather information about the student’s behavior and habits in classes and is only one component in building an
accurate portrait of the student.
**Particularly high or low marks will not determine the outcome of admission, as this form will be used as only one portion of a matrix score
indicating the student’s need for an unconventional educational environment.
About us
As Emporia’s school of choice, Turning Point Academy offers a unique learning environment for
eager self directed learners who would like to participate in crafting their own learning opportunities.
The Face 2 Face (f2f) Program emphasizes the development of 21
st Century skills in an increasingly
digital and global environment. Through the use of Project Based Learning (PBL) and innovative
technologies, students are truly engaged in learning required content and skills. Complex, authentic
questions and carefully designed products and tasks help to highlight the excitement generated in
students.
Please rate the student on each of the following areas of personal competence:
(Please circle)
Grasps fundamental ideas and concepts of grade level work low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Completes assignments, fulfills contracts low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Accepts constructive criticism low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Assumes responsibility for work and actions low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Is a self­directed learner low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Has good work habits; is disciplined low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Has at least one good friend low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Gets along with peers in social/academic settings low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Is bullied by peers low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Has a need to “wriggle more” than most students low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Is able to cope with change low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Please write additional comments and explanations on the back of this form.
What is this child’s preferred learning style (you can check more than one):
[ ] visual [ ] audio [ ] kinesthetic
Please check one:
As an educator with experience working with this child, I [ ] highly recommend [ ] recommend
[ ] recommend with reservation [ ] do not recommend him/her attending Turning Point Academy
Teacher’s Summary of student:
Signature: _________________________________________ Date: __________________
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM IN A SEALED ENVELOPE WITH YOUR INITIALS OVER THE SEALED FLAP. TO STUDENT/PARENT TO
INCLUDE IN APPLICATION PACKET.
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Information to be completed by the Teacher
Teacher Recommendation Form
To be completed by a teacher who has had the student in class this year or last year.
Student name: _____________________________________________ Current Grade Level: _____
Recommending Teacher: _____________________________________ Title:__________________
The purpose of this form is to gather information about the student’s behavior and habits in classes and is only one component in building an
accurate portrait of the student.
**Particularly high or low marks will not determine the outcome of admission, as this form will be used as only one portion of a matrix score
indicating the student’s need for an unconventional educational environment.
About us
As Emporia’s school of choice, Turning Point Academy offers a unique learning environment for
eager self directed learners who would like to participate in crafting their own learning opportunities.
The Face 2 Face (f2f) Program emphasizes the development of 21
st Century skills in an increasingly
digital and global environment. Through the use of Project Based Learning (PBL) and innovative
technologies, students are truly engaged in learning required content and skills. Complex, authentic
questions and carefully designed products and tasks help to highlight the excitement generated in
students.
Please rate the student on each of the following areas of personal competence:
(Please circle)
Grasps fundamental ideas and concepts of grade level work low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Completes assignments, fulfills contracts low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Accepts constructive criticism low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Assumes responsibility for work and actions low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Is a self­directed learner low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Has good work habits; is disciplined low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Has at least one good friend low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Gets along with peers in social/academic settings low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Is bullied by peers low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Has a need to “wriggle more” than most students low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Is able to cope with change low 1 2 3 4 5 high
Please write additional comments and explanations on the back of this form.
What is this child’s preferred learning style (you can check more than one):
[ ] visual [ ] audio [ ] kinesthetic
Please check one:
As an educator with experience working with this child, I [ ] highly recommend [ ] recommend
[ ] recommend with reservation [ ] do not recommend him/her attending Turning Point Academy
Teacher’s Summary of student:
Signature: _________________________________________ Date: __________________
PLEASE RETURN THIS FORM IN A SEALED ENVELOPE WITH YOUR INITIALS OVER THE SEALED FLAP. TO STUDENT/PARENT TO
INCLUDE IN APPLICATION PACKET.
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It’s that time again… the bane of every student’s school life. The 2015 Winter Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are taking place this year from February 9th to February 12th.

Forms and emails will soon be sent out to parents/guardians. Students are expected to attend, as these are normally student-led, and teacher-substituted.

If any questions appear, you can email our lead teacher Jeremy Beach, at