Frequently Asked Questions

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Academics

Yes, students are allowed to use their personal computers, tablets, iPad in class under teacher supervision.

Students will receive four comprehensive report cards during the school year. Teachers take the time create a detailed outline of the work covered and give an extensive progress report. Report cards are good landmarks for parents but they will also receive weekly email updates. Parent/teacher conferences are offered twice a year.

Sandhills Tuition covers everything the student will need in the classroom. We have a back to school supply list that we try to fulfill. Sports uniforms and field trips are not covered by tuition. Uniforms are included in the participation fee for the sport.

High School students have more independence in electronic use. Personal devices, such as cell phone privileges are restricted to Seniors and only during breaks or with teacher permission.

There is a Sandhills Parent Council that we encourage all families to participate in. Parent Council gives parents the opportunity to be involved Sandhills activities and a vehicle to provide ideas and support to our community.

We welcome parents or family members that would like to occasionally come have lunch with their child, especially if it is for a birthday or celebration.

The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching is a renowned, research-based program that has proven method for instructing students with dyslexia and similar learning differences. Infinitely adaptable, Orton-Gillingham offers evidence-based, multi-sensory instruction that encourages students to think.

All Sandhills School faculty utilize and have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham teaching methodology. Read more about this very effective teaching method here.

The current enrollment for the 2016-17 school year is 93 students and a faculty/staff of 32.

Sandhills provides a superior learning environment in 1st – 12th grades for students of average to superior intellect who learn differently. We excel in educating children with diagnosed learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.

Some of our most popular extracurricular activities include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer, Disc Golf
  • Yoga
  • Drama Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Gardening Club
  • Rock Climbing

The extracurricular activities offered each year depends on the participation and interest of the students. A wider variety of activities will be offered once our new Arts and Recreation Center is completed in the spring of 2017, as it hosts a large gym, two large art rooms, and a computer lab.

Admissions

Read about our Dress Tradition and Dress Code here.

Students will receive four comprehensive report cards during the school year. Teachers take the time create a detailed outline of the work covered and give an extensive progress report. Report cards are good landmarks for parents but they will also receive weekly email updates. Parent/teacher conferences are offered twice a year.

Sandhills School offers the sports depending on the interest of students on a year to year basis due to small student body numbers. Current and past athletic teams include basketball, soccer, cross country, baseball, and cheerleading. We try to accommodate all of our students interests.

Sandhills Tuition covers everything the student will need in the classroom. We have a back to school supply list that we try to fulfill. Sports uniforms and field trips are not covered by tuition. Uniforms are included in the participation fee for the sport.

In the 2015-16 school year we enrolled 95 students. We limit our enrollment based on class size. Due to limits on class size, some grades may have a waiting list of students who have completed the admissions process. We have a 3:1 student to teacher ratio.

It is part of the Sandhills mission to have students serve the community throughout the school year. Each student is given the opportunity to participate in community service projects appropriate for their age throughout the year. Some of our most remarkable and longstanding relationships have been with Transitions and Harvest Hope.

Financial aid is available to Sandhills Families. Sandhills hosts several yearly scholarships that help pay part of the tuition.

The Sandhills Campus is extremely secure. Access to our buildings is only available during school hours, maintained by a locked gate to the campus. All of our doors remain locked during the day to insure the safety of our students. During school hours visitors must ring the doorbell at the front of school and sign in at the front desk.

We welcome parents or family members that would like to occasionally come have lunch with their child, especially if it is for a birthday or celebration.

Sandhills enrolls students in 1st – 12th grades.

We have step by step directions offered on our Admissions Process page.

Sandhills provides a superior learning environment in 1st – 12th grades for students of average to superior intellect who learn differently. We excel in educating children with diagnosed learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.

Campus

The Sandhills Campus is extremely secure. Access to our buildings is only available during school hours, maintained by a locked gate to the campus. All of our doors remain locked during the day to insure the safety of our students. During school hours visitors must ring the doorbell at the front of school and sign in at the front desk.

We welcome parents or family members that would like to occasionally come have lunch with their child, especially if it is for a birthday or celebration.

SchoolHouse Fare lunches consist of a list of rotating local restaurants. Some participants are Moe’s, Chick Fil A, Smash Burger, PDQ, and Pizza Hut. Each of the restaurants focus on creating a limited menu consisting of their healthier options.

Sandhills is located off Garners Ferry Road on 22 beautiful, partially wooded acres.  Some of the highlights of our campus include:

  • A pond that hosts catfish and bream
  • Wilderness trails
  • Wildlife
  • Two sports fields
  • Playground
  • Outdoor classroom
  • Large garden
  • Arts and Recreation Center (under construction)
  • Three computer labs
  • Science lab
  • iPads for lower, middle, and high school
  • Cafeteria
  • Art studio
  • Music room

Employment

Employment questions are directed to our Assistant Head of School, Erika Senneseth. You find find out about our hiring process by going to the Employment Opportunities page of our website.

Extracurricular Activities

Sandhills School offers the sports depending on the interest of students on a year to year basis due to small student body numbers. Current and past athletic teams include basketball, soccer, cross country, baseball, and cheerleading. We try to accommodate all of our students interests.

Sandhills Tuition covers everything the student will need in the classroom. We have a back to school supply list that we try to fulfill. Sports uniforms and field trips are not covered by tuition. Uniforms are included in the participation fee for the sport.

It is part of the Sandhills mission to have students serve the community throughout the school year. Each student is given the opportunity to participate in community service projects appropriate for their age throughout the year. Some of our most remarkable and longstanding relationships have been with Transitions and Harvest Hope.

There is a Sandhills Parent Council that we encourage all families to participate in. Parent Council gives parents the opportunity to be involved Sandhills activities and a vehicle to provide ideas and support to our community.

Activites that are offered change by season and student interest.

Some of our most popular extracurricular activities include:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer, Disc Golf
  • Yoga
  • Drama Club
  • Cheerleading
  • Gardening Club
  • Rock Climbing

The extracurricular activities offered each year depends on the participation and interest of the students. A wider variety of activities will be offered once our new Arts and Recreation Center is completed in the spring of 2017, as it hosts a large gym, two large art rooms, and a computer lab.

Lunches

Sandhills uses the company SchoolHouse Fare for those students who would like lunches to be delivered to school from a variety of local restaurants. Meal orders and payment are completed online through SchoolHouse Fare.

We welcome parents or family members that would like to occasionally come have lunch with their child, especially if it is for a birthday or celebration.

SchoolHouse Fare lunches consist of a list of rotating local restaurants. Some participants are Moe’s, Chick Fil A, Smash Burger, PDQ, and Pizza Hut. Each of the restaurants focus on creating a limited menu consisting of their healthier options.

Orton-Gillingham

Students will receive four comprehensive report cards during the school year. Teachers take the time create a detailed outline of the work covered and give an extensive progress report. Report cards are good landmarks for parents but they will also receive weekly email updates. Parent/teacher conferences are offered twice a year.

The Orton-Gillingham approach to teaching is a renowned, research-based program that has proven method for instructing students with dyslexia and similar learning differences. Infinitely adaptable, Orton-Gillingham offers evidence-based, multi-sensory instruction that encourages students to think.

All Sandhills School faculty utilize and have been trained in the Orton-Gillingham teaching methodology. Read more about this very effective teaching method here.

Sandhills provides a superior learning environment in 1st – 12th grades for students of average to superior intellect who learn differently. We excel in educating children with diagnosed learning differences, such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD.

School Hours

We do not offer early morning drop off but we do offer afters chool care until 5:30pm.

We welcome parents or family members that would like to occasionally come have lunch with their child, especially if it is for a birthday or celebration.

Our office hours are M-F from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Student hours are 8:15 a.m. – 2:50 p.m.

Technology

We have iPads available to all grade levels, as well as a computler labs for the elementary, middle and high school.

Yes, students are allowed to use their personal computers, tablets, iPad in class under teacher supervision.

High School students have more independence in electronic use. Personal devices, such as cell phone privileges are restricted to Seniors and only during breaks or with teacher permission.

Tuition

Sandhills Tuition covers everything the student will need in the classroom. We have a back to school supply list that we try to fulfill. Sports uniforms and field trips are not covered by tuition. Uniforms are included in the participation fee for the sport.

Elementary, Middle and High School have different tuitions. Read more about the cost of a Sandhills education here.

Financial aid is available to Sandhills Families. Sandhills hosts several yearly scholarships that help pay part of the tuition.

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