When was Prism Education Center founded?
Prism Education Center was founded in 2009 and operated in a planning mode for two years before launching its first programs in Fayetteville. Starting with an after school program in the 2011-12 school year and expanding to include preschool students in the spring of 2012, Prism reached full capacity the following summer serving students ages 18 months to 14 years. In the fall of 2012, Prism launched the private school. In August of 2013, Prism opened its second campus, Prism North, for the upper elementary students. Finally, in October 2013, Prism opened its third campus, Willow Heights, that is home to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. In the summer of 2017, Prism will merge its three campuses into one facility.
Is Prism a religious school?
Yes, Prism is a faith-based school founded by The Community. The Community is a non-denominational local church that is part of the Congress-WBN's global network of churches. Though the school does not offer doctrinal classes between Kindergarten and 8th grade, our stated values are incorporated into every aspect of our curriculum. At the high school level, religious courses are offered as optional electives. Students from all walks of faith are welcome to apply.
How do I enroll my child at Prism Education Center?
Private school enrollment is a 3-step process.
- All new families must attend a parent information meeting.
- Families who attend the parent information night will be given an application packet. Once all components of the application packet are received, a candidate will be notified of their acceptance status by a member of our admission committee.
- Applicants must then complete registration paperwork within designated timeline.
Early Childhood Program
Our early childhood programs have substantial waiting lists at this time, and we do not foresee having any new openings for children over 3 years of age the 2016-17 school year. Parents can be added to the wait list here. Enrollment for Spring 2017 will be conducted in the early spring.
Summer Enrollment will open on February 20, 2017. Enrollment packets will be reviewed until our summer program is full. The full application packet must be completed in order to be accepted into the summer program.
Does the school provide financial assistance?
Since 2012, Prism has given over $1.65 million in financial assistance. Tuition assistance is based on financial need, household income, and funds available. Most of the financial assistance given at Prism Education Center is given through tuition discounts rather than through straight scholarships. However, some scholarship programs do exist. Families should complete a request for financial assistance with their initial enrollment packet. More information about financial assistance can be found on our financial assistance page.
Where can I get a parent handbook?
The Parent Handbook explains the various policies and procedures of Prism Education Center. It serves as a helpful resource to enrolled parents and prospective parents. Parents can obtain a copy at any Prism campus or access it online here.
What are the pickup and drop off times?
Private school officially starts at 8:05 AM. Children can be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM. Those who arrive after 8:05 AM are considered tardy and miss out, not only on breakfast, but also on a vital planning period. The school day ends at 3:00PM, and students must be picked up by 3:30PM to avoid late pick-up fees.
The after school program starts at 3:00 PM. Students can be dropped off between 3:00 PM and 3:30 PM. The after school program officially ends at 5:30 PM.
Preschool drop-off time is more flexible and occurs between 7:30 AM and 10:30 AM. Students may not be dropped off between 10:00 AM and 2:30 PM due to lunch and nap transitions. Students who are not dropped off by 10:00 AM cannot be dropped-off until after 2:30.
Are meals served at the school?
Prism Education Center provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks for all students at the center. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks are provided as part of a well-balanced nutrition program that integrates fresh fruits and vegetables at each meal. Prism uses minimally processed food and whole ingredients in every meal. Meals are eaten “family-style” within each classroom in order to facilitate healthy eating habits and preserve the social and cultural aspects of dining. Children are welcome to bring their own packed lunches to school. However, meals must include protein, one bread, and two fruits and/or vegetables. Prism will supplement the meal with the missing components. If your child has a food allergies, please provide school with a doctor’s notice, and food program personnel will follow-up to discuss appropriate substitutions. Menus are posted each morning to our Facebook page, on our website, and throughout the facility.
What curriculum do you use at Prism?
Prism uses the Core Knowledge Curriculum Sequence as the content standard for all subjects. Students at Prism engage a content-rich curriculum that integrates History, Geography, Science, and Art with Mathematics and literacy lessons. Prism pulls from numerous curricular resources to meet these standards.
What center will my child be in?
Prism is consolidating its three campuses into one facility in the summer of 2017. By August, all students will be at the same campus.
Do you provide Physical Education for the students?
Prism integrates physical activity within each day. Children spend a one-hour block of time outside each morning, and those in the after school program have an additional 30 minutes in the afternoon. Prism emphasizes structured activity to promote a lifestyle of health and wellness that will last the students well beyond their time at Prism Education Center.
Do students wear uniforms at Prism?
Building a strong culture is of primary importance at Prism Education Center. For that reason, one of the tools we use to build this culture is a uniform dress code for Kindergarten to 12th grade students. More information about our uniform policy can be found here.
Is transportation provided to and from Prism?
At this time, Prism does not provide transportation to and from the facility. In the 2017 school year, limited transportation will be provided.
What if my child is sick?
Prism follows all Health Department regulations regarding sending sick children home or preventing them from being admitted. These symptoms can be found in the Parent Handbook.