FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
A list of frequently-asked questions, short answers, and where to find the last word in the Parent Handbook.
When does the school day begin and end?
See "School Hours" in our Parent Handbook.
Students should be in their classrooms, unpacked and ready to learn at 8:30 am.
Dismissal car-line operates 3:15pm to 3:45pm. Families picking up late will be charged a fee.
On Early Dismissal days (one Wednesday a month), dismissal is at 1:30 pm and students must be picked up by 2pm.
Is there before- and after-school care?
See "School Hours" and "After School Program" in our Parent Handbook.
Free before-school care begins at 7:45 am; curbside dropoff starts at 8:10. When no staff are outside, you must park and walk your child into school.
Our After School Program (which is fee-based) operates until 6 pm.
How do students get to school?
See "Transportation & Parking" in our Parent Handbook.
CPSC does not provide transportation to or from school. Transportation options include walking (including "walking school buses," in which adults take turns walking with children), bicycling, public transportation (we are closest to bus Route 4) and carpools. For confidential assistance with transportation, talk to Paula, the Assistant Director.
How does the Car Line work?The Car Line Safety page offers quick highlights, but be sure to read the Parent Handbook for complete information.
How can I find a carpool to join?
Watch for sign-up posters in the school's main lobby beginning the week before school starts. If you don't have any luck with the sign-ups, let Paula know at paula [at] cpsfc.org.
How does CPSC communicate with parents?
See "Staying Informed" in our Parent Handbook.
Can I get communications from school via email?
Ask Paula, the Assistant Director, to put you on the electronic distribution list. Environmentally friendly, and no paper to lose!
Does CPSC have a listserv?
The school does not have a listserv, but CPSC parents have organized a Google Group email list for parent-to-parent communications. Note that this list is completely separate from official school announcements and is not affiliated with the school.
What dates should I be aware of?
First, check our Academic Calendar for monthly early dismissal days, school holidays, and intersessions.
Parent-teacher conferences take place during the first two days of each intersession. CPSC expects 100% participation in conferences!
Our Events Calendar lists all-school workdays, quarterly socials, and other events. Teacher appreciation luncheons take place at the end of each quarter. The Strawberry Festival is always the first Saturday in May.
What school supplies will we need to purchase?
Your child will need a lunchbox/bag and a carryall or backpack large enough to carry lunch and folder. CPSC will provide a sturdy folder to protect papers going home.
We generally do not ask families to purchase school supplies, but donations do help the teachers stretch their classroom budgets. If you wish to help out, ask your Class Parent or your child’s teacher about what's needed.
Also, keep in mind that CPSC students go outside in all kinds of weather, and they do get muddy, so sturdy play clothes and rugged, mudproof shoes are best.
My child has special needs. Where do I start?
See "Exceptional Education Services" in our Parent Handbook.
CPSC does provide services for children with special needs. Please discuss your concerns with your child’s teacher, with the school counselor, or with the Exceptional Children (EC) Coordinator.
Does CPSC have an academically or intellectually gifted (AIG) program?
CPSC strives to provide a supportive and engaging learning environment for all students, including AIG students. CPSC’s daily schedule provides differentiated learning opportunities to meet each student's academic and intellectual needs. Through our project-based learning approach, students engage in class projects that challenge all students on an individual level based on their academic abilities and interests. We believe that all of our students should have differentiated educational services throughout the day, within all instructional areas, and within their classroom.
Do CPSC students take EOGs?
See "Assessment" in our Parent Handbook.
CPSC administers End-of-Grade tests in May for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders, as required by the NC Department of Public Instruction. For more information, visit the Assessment page.
Does CPSC serve school lunches?
See "Lunch/Nutrition" in our Parent Handbook.
CPSC has no cafeteria or lunch program, but we do provide lunches for students whose families ask for help with lunch. Please speak with Paula, the Assistant Director.
Does the school have a PTA or PTO, or a site team that includes parents?
See "Working Together" in our Parent Handbook.
CPSC has a vibrant parent community with many active parent/teacher committees and projects. Our School Council is a group of elected representatives that provides a forum for discussion and input.
Parents are expected to volunteer in whatever capacity they can. Paula, the Assistant Director, helps coordinate parent involvement.
How can I help out at school? What if I work full-time?
Whatever your talents or interests, we can use them! Talk with Paula and with your child’s teacher, and be sure to return the Parent Participation survey included in our June mailing (with your child’s class assignment).
While we welcome classroom volunteers, we recognize that not everyone is able to help during the day. There are many other ways to fill the four hours a month we ask of all families.
What is a charter school?
Charter schools provide parents a choice in the education of their children. Funded primarily by public tax dollars, charter schools have open enrollment with no discrimination, no religious associations, and no tuition. Charter schools are subject to most of the same state and federal regulations as regular public schools.
CPSC is a public school operating under a charter approved by the State of North Carolina. CPSC is not affiliated with Durham Public Schools. We have our own Board of Directors, analogous to the Durham County School Board. We receive per-student funding from federal, state, and local taxes.
To learn more, visit the Charter Schools FAQ page from the NC Department of Public Instruction.