school POLICIES

For complete Mastery School policies, please see our latest Parent and Scholar Code of Conduct. The following is a brief overview of our policies regarding Attendance, Discipline, Meals, School Calendar/Weather Closings, and Uniform Policy. For the Lottery Policy click "Enroll" on the main menu.

Early Entrance Policy and Criteria

 

Attendance

Attendance is the first step in ensuring academic achievement. In order for scholars to reach for their personal best, they must show up and give their best effort at school each and every day. At Mastery School, regular attendance is required.

  • Mastery School campus operates from 7:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

  • Scholars are required to arrive at school on time (by 8:15 a.m. at the latest) and to remain in school until dismissal at 3:45 p.m. If a scholar leaves earlier than 1:00 p.m., the scholar will be marked absent for the day.

  • All absences - "Excused" and "Unexcused"- are considered absences: Any day your child does not attend school is considered an absence. Only scholar illness (with doctor's note), a death in the family, and religious holidays (with parent/guardian notes) are considered 'excused' absences, though the scholar is still considered (and marked) absent from school.

  • See our Parent-Student Handbook for our Tardiness Policy and Consequences for Absences.


behavior management cycle

Our approach to discipline is rooted in a belief that the learning environment is sacred. We will do whatever it takes it takes to make sure that every child is safe (physically, emotionally, mentally, and intellectually) and that every child has the chance to learn without needless disruptions. We have very high expectations for scholar behavior in order to create and preserve a focused learning environment. 

The school administrators and behavior interventionists or their designee have the authority to decide on the appropriate consequences for scholar behavior and infractions, including but not limited to; Nia Point deductions, detention, school service, loss of school privileges, and suspension. 

Nia Point System

Our teachers use a large array of strategies to promote positive behavior and correct problem behaviors. One of the main strategies is the Nia Point System. A reward system based on one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa (Nia means "purpose").

Scholars are awarded a certain number of Nia points each day, using positive reinforcement whenever possible, to "catch" our scholars doing the right things.  We use a consequences and problem-solving approach to help scholars address behavioral problems, which may include a deduction of Nia points. Accumulated Nia points serve as the "currency" for scholars to earn various rewards, including field trips and parties.

See our Parent-Student Handbook for more information on our Discipline Policy. 

student bullying policy

Please click here for our Student Bullying Policy.


Meals

Breakfast and lunch will be available at Mastery School. School menus can be found under our Frequently Asked Questions page. All families will need to complete a form that enables the school to participate in the free or reduced-price meal program. For other information concerning health and wellness please review the school's Wellness Policy.

  • Families may send lunch to school; however, scholars will not have access to a refrigerator or microwave.

  • If sending lunch to school with your child, we ask that you send in nutritious foods. Please do not let your child bring unhealthy drinks (e.g., colas or juices heavy in sugar) or unhealthy foods to school.

  • Junk food cannot be brought to supplement a school lunch.

  • If you send lunch to school with your child, the entire lunch must be in one bag or container with the scholar's name on it.

  • Candy, gum, and soda are not allowed to be eaten at school.

NON-DISCRIMINATION STATEMENT

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

The Mastery School participates in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which allows eligible districts and schools in low-income areas to provide school lunch and breakfast at no charge to all students. Schools or districts must have a required percentage of students identified for free meals, and must agree to serve free lunches and breakfasts to all students.


Weather Closings

We will close school only in cases of extreme weather conditions. If you don't know whether we are delayed, closed, or open during inclement weather, please listen to radio stations WCCO-AM, KMOJ-FM, or a local television news channel. At the discretion of the principal, any classroom days lost to closure due to inclement weather or other reasons may be made up by adding an equal number of days during or at the end of the school year.  


Uniforms

Mastery School requires school uniforms for several important reasons:

  • Uniforms unite us as a community. When you look at a group of scholars in a Mastery uniform, it is a powerful visual statement of our community.

  • Uniforms reduce distractions and clothing competition. They eliminate about purchasing and planning outfits, and eliminate distraction.

  • Uniforms make us all equal. We all have the same mission. We are all going to college. We all come to school looking the same way.

  • Uniforms look professional. Scholars look neat when they arrive at school with shirts/blouses tucked in and uniform items clean.

  • Uniforms provide security. As a security measure, uniforms provide us the ability to identify all of our scholars inside or outside the building.

We ask that all scholars come to school in clean, neat uniforms every day. Scholars may not change out of their uniform at any point during the school day or any school field trips.