Our Mission…

The Arts Based School is committed to active and creative scholarly exploration that engages students, their family/community and all school personnel in the learning experience. A strong core curriculum that builds on students’ life experiences and multiple ways of knowing/learning will be realized through individualized and intimate integrated interdisciplinary, arts-based instruction.


When the North Carolina General Assembly ratified Bill 955 to approve charter schools in our state, the purpose was to provide teachers, pupils, parents, and community members with opportunities to become involved in improving education. The purposes for charter schools include: to improve learning for all students, to encourage different and innovative teaching methods, to expand choices for students and parents, and to create professional opportunities for teachers. Our school takes this charge from the state very seriously. Therefore, our teaching methods include but go beyond traditional approaches. ABS teachers implement arts- based instruction, use alternative assessment techniques, and provide students choices. We ask that parents support us in making our school of choice different and innovative.


First Day for Students:

Wednesday, August 23th (Kindergartners follow a staggered entry schedule Aug. 23,24,25)

No School for Students:

Sept. 4Labor Day
Oct. 9Columbus Day
Nov. 10Veteran’s Day
Nov 17Early dismissal-Conferences
Nov. 20-24Thanksgiving Break
Dec 20Early Release
Jan. 15Dr. King’s Birthday
Feb. 19President’s Day, Snow Make Up Day, if needed
Mar. 2Early Dismissal-Conferences
Mar. 5No school-Conferences
March 30-April 9SPRING BREAK
March 30, April 9Snow Make Up Days, if needed
May 28Memorial Day
June 8Last Day of School/Early Dismissal
June 11,12,13Snow Make Up Days, if needed



School begins at 8:15 a.m. (K-8th grades)

School is dismissed at 2:30 pm (K-4th grades) and 2:45 p.m. (5th -8th grades)


Students should arrive at school between 7:45-8:10 so they will be in class and ready to learn when school begins at 8:15. Students will be marked tardy after 8:15am. K-4 students will be monitored in the cafeteria and 5-8 students will be monitored in the drama studio until 8:00 when they are dismissed into their classrooms. Please do not drop off children before 7:45! Children should not be allowed to enter the playground without an adult before or after school.



To provide a safe and orderly dismissal, we will stagger the pick up times for students as follows:

Kindergarten-4th grades- Dismissed at 2:30pm. Those students who have older siblings will wait with their sibling until the 2:45 dismissal

5th-8th grades- Dismissed at 2:45pm.

Students not picked up by 2:55pm are escorted to the front office. Parents are notified and documented onto Late Pickup Log. Students must remain in front office, seated quietly until parents arrive. Parents of students accruing more than five late pickups will receive notification from Principal.

Please do not engage teachers in conversation during this afternoon pick up. If you wish to discuss something with a teacher or staff, please pull out of the pick-up line and park to wait until after dismissal.


Please drive slowly and cautiously through the school parking lot at all times.

Do not use cell phones.

Watch for children and adults in parking lot, especially the first few days when many parents will be parking and walking their child into the school.

Please allow extra time the first week as parents and children become accustomed to the routine.

Please be kind and courteous to parking lot helpers.

Please cross on crosswalks when walking children into the building.

Please be responsible for explaining the drop off/pick up procedures to your afterschool daycare vans or anyone else who may be picking up your children.

Remember to enter only on Chestnut St. (by white church) during pick-up and drop-off.

Thanks for your help in making our children safer!

Students Walking to/from School

Please remember that it is the responsibility of students as they walk to and from school to look both ways before crossing streets, and, in general, to be responsible for their personal safety. Parents may assist their children by escorting them until the students learn how to walk safely.

The parent must assume any risk involved when his/her child(ren) walk to/from school alone.

In the event that his/her child(ren) sustain any personal injury as a result of walking to/from school alone, The Arts Based School is not responsible. A permission slip must be signed by parent(s) for any student that walks to/from school.


After School Options

ABS families use a variety of local after school options. The following programs have bus service that will pick up your child from ABS and transport him/her to their facility. To find out more about their services, please contact the program directly.

A Child’s World 721-0105 Creative Palooza 970-5102

First Baptist 723-7071

Mt Zion 727-0117

The Salvation Army-Boys and Girls Club 788- 6563

YWCA 722-0597

Also, MudPies offers before and after care open 6:30 am to 6:00 pm. Mudpies- 448-0341 The YMCA operates an afterschool program on campus at ABS. YMCA- 724-9205


Consistent school attendance is an essential component of each student’s academic growth and progress. As a public school, we are required to record and report excused and unexcused tardies and absences daily. Please notify the office when your child is expected to be absent. When your child returns to school, he/she must bring a note explaining the reason for the absence, dated and signed by a parent or guardian.

TARDINESS-School begins at 8:15 a.m. Students may arrive at school between 7:45 and 8:10. Students will be counted tardy if they’re not in their classroom at 8:15am. The student entrance will be locked at 8:15 a.m. After 8:15 a.m., parents must park and escort their child(ren) to the Front office entrance and sign in. Ten tardies are considered one absence on state attendance records.


  1. When an illness or injury occurs which prevents the student from being physically able to attend school.
  2. When quarantine is ordered by the local health officer or the State Board of Health to isolate a student from the general population.
  3. When there is a death in the immediate family (including but not limited to the parents, grandparents, brothers, and sisters) of the student.
  4. When the absence is due to a medical or dental appointment.
  5. When the student is a part of a court proceeding or administrative tribunal, if the student is a party to the action or under a subpoena as a witness.
  6. When the student participates in a religious observance and has prior approval of the principal/designee.
  7. When the student is involved in a valid educational opportunity. The absence and activity must have prior approval of the principal/designee.


If it is necessary to pick up your child before dismissal, please use the following procedures:

  1. If your child has an appointment, please send a note to the teacher that morning.
  2. Report to the office, not the classroom, to pick up your child.
  3. Someone from the office will send for your child.
  4. Sign the student out on the computers and give the reason for the early dismissal.


Please inform the school of any address, telephone number, email address, etc. changes during the year.


Each family is asked to pay $30.00 per year per child to help cover the costs of our extensive curriculum enhancement activities, including most field trips. Fees are payable at the start of each year or in smaller increments, if needed. Financial assistance is available to those families with demonstrated need per the approval of the Principal.



We consider field trips to be a vital and fundamental part of a student’s educational experience. As

you know, the world is so much larger than the classroom, and our teachers embrace opportunities

to expand their students’ educational experience through field trips whenever possible. Students

must have a signed Annual Field Trip Permission Form on file in order to participate. This

permission slip is a general form which will give your child permission to attend these trips

throughout the year. Before each trip, parents/guardians will be notified of specific destinations for

each separate excursion. All field trips are planned, organized, and supervised with the students’

welfare first and foremost.  Any student that is suspended on the day of the field trip will not be permitted to attend the field trip.



Opportunities exist for parents, guardians, and family members to accompany classes on field

trips. Those of you wishing to chaperone a field trip are encouraged to let your classroom representative

know of your availability. As with other issues within the classroom, the teacher will make the final

decision for chaperones. If you are chosen as a chaperone, it is imperative you understand you are

accompanying a class as an “official” supervisor of a child or group of children. Parents who are

chaperoning will not be permitted to bring their own children.


The school is not responsible for any loss or damage of personal property. Personal belongings should be clearly marked with the student’s name. Students should not bring toys, games or electronic devices

to school, unless otherwise instructed. Any such items that are brought to school will be taken away and sent to the office for pick up by a parent.

CELL PHONES AND PERSONAL ELECTRONIC DEVICES POLICYOur middle school students have access to our computer network, laptops, and tablets for academic purposes. As a result, the following policy is in place regarding cell phones and personal electronics. Cell phones and personal electronic devices are not to be used by students during the school day. Students must store unapproved electronic devices in a pocket or schoolbag for the entirety of the school day. Failure to do so will result in the device being held by a staff member until dismissal or until picked up by a parent or guardian. E- readers (such as a Kindle or Nook), with teacher permission, represent an exception to this rule, when used to read books already downloaded at home. Parents and students should recognize that loss of or damage to these devices is possible and the devices are the responsibility of the student. The Arts Based School is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen, phones or devices. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in a disciplinary referral to the appropriate administrator.


Keep in mind that we will be painting, dancing, jumping, gluing, traveling, and sitting on the floor as we learn. All students should wear clothing appropriate for school and not disruptive to the learning environment. Dress standards apply to school days and all school sponsored events. T-shirts should not be printed with inappropriate language, advertising for tobacco/or alcohol products, or violent images.


All students must have lunch each day. Lunches must be brought from home. To purchase lunches on Fridays, you may send a check or cash with your child daily, weekly or monthly. Students will turn lunch money into their teachers. Parents may establish a lunch account with Mrs. Wise, finance manager, in the Front Office. Pizza Lunch w/milk costs $5. Milk/juice costs $.75. If a student does not have a lunch, we will contact a parent to provide the lunch.


ABS wants to promote healthy eating and good nutritious choices. Students should bring a healthy snack each day. Healthy choices include bottles of water, fruits, crackers, cheese, and granola bars. Please do not send sodas, candy, or other high sugar snacks.


If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be contacted and asked to pick up your child. If an accident or injury occurs, we will contact you, provide medical first aid such as ice, bandages, etc, and fill out an incident report.



It is best to give your child’s medicine at home. You may want to talk to your child’s doctor and ask if

medicine can be taken at times other than during the school day. Any parent/guardian is free to

come to school to administer medication to their child.


Prescription Medications

For each prescription medication to be given, a copy of a Request for Medication Form must be

completed and signed by your child’s licensed health care provider and parent/guardian. A Request

for Medication Form may be obtained from the school office and must be completed in its entirety.

Medicine must be brought to school by a responsible adult and signed in to the medication

Logbook.  Medicine must be brought to school in a container that is current and clearly labeled stating

when and how it should be administered.  A new Request for Medication Form must be completed each school year and anytime dosage or directions change. Students may not carry medication with them to class without permission from the administration.


Nonprescription Medications

A Request for Medication Form must be completed and signed by a parent/guardian, and your health care provider for nonprescription medications such as vitamins/supplements, or any other over-the-counter medicine.  These must be brought to school in the original container. The date, dose and time(s) for nonprescription medication(s) to be given at school must be indicated.  No medicine will be given unless the above steps have been completed. To make sure your child receives his/her medicine safely, NO EXCEPTIONS can be made. If a Request for Nonprescription Medication Form is NOT completed, the parent/guardian will have to come to school to administer the medication personally.  Students are not allowed to carry or administer medicines at school.


Parents of all children must present to the school acceptable medical evidence indicating that the required immunizations have been received, which are:

  1. 5 DTP doses(If the 4th dose is after the fourth birthday, a 5th is not required)
  2. 4 Polio doses (If the 3rd dose is after fourth birthday, a 4th dose is not requiredc. 1-4 Hib dose
  3. 2 Measles, Mumps, Rubella doses (On or after first birthday and before entering school)

Religious and/or medical exemptions must be appropriately documented. Students not in compliance with the immunization policy will not be allowed to attend school.


Should lice or nits be found on a child in one of our classrooms, the child’s parents will be called to pick up the child. The parents will be provided with written suggestions for lice and nit removal. The classroom where lice have been detected will be thoroughly vacuumed, and all pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals will be bagged for the duration of the outbreak. The other parents of children in the class will be sent a note alerting them that lice have been found in the class. They will be reminded to check their children carefully each day for the next few weeks and to continue checking as part of routine hygiene. If nits are found on the child upon returning to school, they will be sent home again for further nit-removal.   Some organizations find “no-nit” policies like ours unnecessary, however,  the unique learning environment at ABS makes it important to adhere to the policy as it is written so as to minimize the spread of lice and missed school days.


The purpose of the Internet is to support research and education. Internet resources may not be used in violation of any U.S., state, or local regulation. The Internet resources may not be used to upload, download, or distribute pornographic, obscene, sexually explicit, or threatening material. ABS utilizes a filtering program designed to block inappropriate sites. It is possible that in spite of all precautions that a student might inadvertently access a web site that contains offensive, inappropriate, or explicit material. If such occurs, the student will be expected to exit the site immediately and parents will be notified. Intentional access of such web site will be considered violation of this policy. A written note should be submitted to the principal if parents do not want their child to use the Internet at school.


Any commercial solicitation, advertisement, fundraising, and/or flyers must be pre-approved by the principal before distribution to students or staff.


Fire, tornado, and lockdown drills are conducted each year so that students and staff know what to do in the event of an emergency. These drills are required by law and documented accordingly. During drills, students should remain quiet and follow directions from staff members.



In the event of inclement weather, ABS will announce school closings on local TV channels, under “The Arts Based School”. This information will also be posted on the ABS website (www.artsbasedschool.com) as well as the school phone message (748-4116.)


We want our students to enjoy celebrating their birthdays. The classroom teachers are willing to accommodate birthday celebrations during the school day (preferably during lunch), provided prior arrangements have been made with him or her. We do ask, however, if your son or daughter is bringing invitations to pass out for a birthday party outside of the school day, that he/she either invite all of the boys/girls or mail the invitations.


It is critical that both parents and teachers have opportunities to communicate regarding students. This can be accomplished through notes, emails, phone calls, voice mails, and appointments. Please do not engage your teacher in a “conference” during class time when he/she needs to be with the students. For email addresses, check our website, www.artsbasedschools.com.



Each Thursday, students in grades K-6 will bring home school news in the form of a school packet. Please review these important papers, sign the envelope and return the envelope to school. If you do not receive Thursday Notes via email, your Thursday Notes will be in the Thursday Packet. If you have information related to school events to contribute to the Thursday Notes, please submit it to the office for approval by Tuesday each week via email to rhollis@artsbasedschool.com. In an effort to save our trees, you can opt out of receiving the paper copy and we can add you to our email distribution list. Please send your email address to rhollis@artsbasedschool.com



Each year The Arts Based School releases a student directory per grade level so students can contact their classmates outside of school times for play dates, birthday parties, etc. If you do not want your

contact information shared in the student directory, please contact Principal Hollis at rhollis@artsbasedschool.com   Student Directory information is shared with

ABS families in order to facilitate classroom communication and gatherings, and is not to be

used under any circumstances for personal gain or businesses. Families are not to share or

distribute Student Directory information outside the Arts Based School  community.


Teachers will assign homework that is meaningful and relevant to the current topic of study. Homework may come in the form of projects, reading, or research. We will avoid using “busy work” for homework.


Each family is required to volunteer at least one hour per week (per child), helping with classroom activities and/or school events. We welcome help from adults over the age of 18.  Each class will have a volunteer class representative who will serve to organize and coordinate with teacher. The Parent Volunteer Coordinator, classroom reps and Parent Council will help coordinate volunteers, matching talents and interests with the needs of the school and teachers. You will find the rewards are much greater than could be imagined! Be sure to sign in to our volunteer site @ www.helpcounterweb.net. Here you can log your hours and see the many areas where we need your help. Please be sure to wear a visitor badge when you are volunteering at the school.


Positive Discipline is our school-wide approach for developing a safe, supportive environment for all learners. The program is used to teach children (and adults) valuable life lessons about responsibility, problem solving, conflict resolution, and mutual respect. Class Meetings are used to address ‘problems’ in the classroom, giving students the opportunity to be decision makers and work cooperatively to find resolutions. Positive Discipline helps students and teachers create an atmosphere of caring based on kindness and firmness, dignity and mutual respect. Students participate in creating rules and procedures to help our classrooms function safely and productively. We teach them the skills they will need in order to function as caring, self-responsible citizens by discussing, modeling and practicing appropriate ways to interact. However, we understand students sometimes test behavioral boundaries to discover what happens when they do not behave within them. When this happens, we ask the student to sit away from the group, but within the classroom, and reflect on his or her behavior. This time-out is an opportunity to regain self-awareness and self-control and to prepare to rejoin the group or activity ready to participate. If the misbehavior continues, the teacher may send the student to another classroom or the front office to regain control.



We recognize and allow students to share hugs, hand holding, and other kind physical gestures to express friendship and caring.   We also understand that as children mature, determining appropriateness of PDA is often a challenging issue, especially as students enter the middle school grades. For our students,  we do not allow kissing, prolonged hugging, inappropriate touching or any physical interactions that disrupt the school learning environment or the personal comfort of students.  



  1. Students shall not engage in bullying or harassing behavior at school or during a school activity or school-sponsored function, whether on or off campus, or on the school bus.  No student or school employee shall be subjected to bullying or harassing behavior by school employees or students.
  2. The term “bullying or harassing behavior” shall be defined as any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, that:
  3. Places a student or school employee in actual and reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property; or
  4. Creates or is certain to create a hostile environment by substantially interfering with or impairing a student’s educational performance, opportunities, or benefits.
  5. For purposes of this Policy, “hostile environment” shall be defined as a victim subjectively views the conduct as bullying or harassing behavior and the conduct is objectively severe or pervasive enough that a reasonable person would agree it is bullying or harassing behavior.
  6. Bullying or harassing behavior includes, but is not limited to, acts reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation, or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.
  7. Types of prohibited bullying or harassing behavior includes, but are not limited to:
  8. Repeated and deliberate making of obscene gestures, pushing, shoving, hair pulling, and any other unwelcomed physical contact intended to create an intimidating and hostile environment; and/or
  9. Acts of verbal bullying including, but not limited to:
  10.     hurtful name-calling, teasing, or intimidating;
  11.     defaming or spreading false rumors about another person to cause the victim to be disliked, humiliated or disrespected by their peers;

                                  iii.     persuading, encouraging or leading other students to exclude or socially isolate the victim in order to cause emotional harm;

  1.     extorting money, property or services from another student; and/or
  2.     making derogatory, demeaning or hostile comments about another student’s actual or perceived differentiating characteristic(s) as set forth hereinabove.
  3. No person shall engage in any act of reprisal or retaliation against a victim, witness, or a person with reliable information about an act of bullying or harassing behavior.
  4. A school employee, student or volunteer who witnesses or has reliable information a student or school employee has been subject to any act of bullying or harassing behavior shall report the incident to a teacher, Principal, Assistant Principal or, if the employee committing the behavior is the Principal, to the Board Chairman. Reports may be made anonymously or with the condition of anonymity to the extent allowed by law.
  5. The Principal or the Principal’s designee shall promptly investigate all reports of serious violations and complaints of bullying or harassment.
  6. This Policy shall be disseminated and publicized in student and parent handbook at the beginning of the school year.
  7. Nothing herein shall be construed to permit or require school officials to punish student expression or speech based on an undifferentiated fear or apprehension of disturbance or out of a desire to avoid the discomfort and unpleasantness that always accompany an unpopular viewpoint.


All students must feel safe in order to learn; therefore, violence is never an acceptable way for children to solve problems. Violence or the threat of violence and bullying is not permitted at any time for any purpose within the ABS Community. Any child who chooses to inflict harm (including, but not limited to, pushing, hitting, kicking, biting or throwing things) or threatens to inflict harm on another child, even if in retaliation, will be immediately removed from class. His or her parents will be called immediately for a conference. Conditions of frequency, intensity and duration, and student’s IEP (if applicable) will be taken into consideration to determine the appropriate consequences. Violent behavior may result in suspension for up to 3 days or expulsion in accordance with North Carolina Public School Law.

Students must not bring weapons or items that have the appearance of a weapon to school. Types of weapons include, but are not limited to, the following: firearms, knives (including pocket knives), martial arts weapons, explosives, poisons, bows and arrows, slingshots, laser devices, mace, pepper spray, or throwing darts.

Serious misconduct will not be tolerated. Serious misconduct includes, but is not limited to: physical abuse; verbal abuse; sexual harassment; possession and/or use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs; assault; communicating threats; theft; destroying school property or bringing weapons to school. In any case in which a student engages in an act of serious misconduct at school, his or her parent(s) will be immediately called for a conference. Conditions of frequency, intensity and duration of misconduct will be taken into consideration to determine the appropriate consequences. Serious misconduct may result in suspension for up to 3 days or expulsion in accordance with North Carolina Public School Law. If necessary, the proper authorities will be notified.

Procedure used to address serious misconduct:

  1. Child(ren) involved will be escorted to the Principal or designee immediately and parent(s) will be called for a conference.
  2. Child(ren) involved will write or describe what happened.
  3. Child(ren) will write or discuss what they could have chosen to do differently. ABS promotes

students’ accountability to each other and each child is expected to assume responsibility for hisor her actions in ways that are developmentally appropriate.

  1. When appropriate, students resolve issues with adult mediation.


Students attending the Arts Based Elementary School will be assessed using a portfolio system in place of the traditional report card. The portfolio is designed to illustrate a student’s academic growth and successes as well as guide the teacher in planning appropriate instruction. In grades K-5, teachers at ABS do not issue letter grades. Teachers use observation, interviews, analysis of student work and performance tasks to assess student understanding. Examples of student work, as well as other objective standards of assessments are incorporated into the student’s portfolio to give an enhanced portrait of the student’s progress. These portfolios will be discussed and presented to parents during the Student-Teacher-Parent conferences scheduled in November, March, and June. (See School Calendar for dates).


The Arts Based School will use a 10 point grading scale as follows:

  • A  90-100
  • B  80-89
  • C  70-79
  • D  60-69

F 59 and below

This is consistent with state public school policy and will provide an easier transition into public high school after 8th grade.


Beginning of Grade Test (BOG)

The State Board of Education has implemented a new standardized test required for all third graders in North Carolina. Third grade students will take the Beginning of Grade (BOG) test in reading. A student’s BOG score will be used as baseline data to measure growth as well as a screening tool to identify those students who will need remediation to pass the End of Grade test. Testing accommodations will be provided for students with Individualized Education Plans (IEP). Make-up tests will be required for any student that is absent from the regular administration of the test.

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

The North Carolina End-of-Grade Tests are designed to measure student performance on the goals, objectives, and grade-level competencies specified in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study. The End-of-Grade tests in reading comprehension and mathematics are administered to students in grades 3-8 as part of the statewide assessment program. End-of-grade tests in science are administered in grades 5 and 8.

Parents, please help your child do his or her best by following these guidelines:

Help your child get 9 hours sleep throughout the weekend and each night before the test

Make sure your child eats a healthy breakfast, including more proteins and fewer carbohydrates.

BE ON TIME to school. Rushing around creates anxiety. Latecomers must take a make-up test.

Help them arrive at school with a positive attitude.

Exercise. No couch potatoes, video games, or on-line junkies the week before. Go outside and run and play. You will rest better, think better, and feel better.

MAP testing

ABS uses Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) to assess each student’s academic growth. We will give students in grades 3-8 MAP tests to determine each child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of math, reading, and language arts. Your child will take the tests on a computer. MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth. We plan to administer these tests in September, January and April. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit at www.nwea.org >> Partner Support.


Each child has individual strengths and challenges, therefore retention/promotion decisions will be made on an individual basis. Teachers and parents will work together to decide the most beneficial placement for each child, taking into consideration academic, social and emotional needs, as well as attendance. The Principal will make the final decision based on information provided by the teacher and parents.



Educational Rights of Students Experiencing Homelessness

In January 2002, Congress reauthorized the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act of 1987

to help people experiencing homelessness. This federal law includes the Education of Homeless

Children and Youth Program, which entitles children who are homeless to a free, public

education and requires schools to remove barriers to their enrollment, attendance, and success in

school. This Act protects all students who do not have a fixed, regular, and adequate residence,

such as students living in the following situations:

Doubled-up housing with other families or friends due to hardship

Runaway/homeless youth shelters (even if parents invite the youth home)

Hotels or motels

Shelters, including those for domestic violence

Transitional housing shelters

Cars, abandoned buildings, parks, the streets or other public spaces

Campground or inadequate trailer homes

Awaiting foster care placement

Abandoned in a hospital

At the Arts Based School, the Homeless Education Liaison is the Assistant Principal, who will assist families and school personnel by ensuring students who are homeless can enroll and succeed in school. If your child is homeless, please contact the Assistant Principal for an explanation of his/her

educational rights.


Exceptional Children (EC) Program

As a public charter school, The Arts Based School follows all state and federal regulations governing

locating, identifying, and evaluating children with disabilities.

Special Education Services

The Arts Based School develops and implements Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) for students eligible for services to ensure every student has free and appropriate access to education.


Section 504

The Section 504 part of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act

prohibits discrimination against persons with a disability in any program receiving federal financing.

A person with a disability is defined as anyone who:

Has mental or physical impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities

(major life activities include: caring for one’s self, performing manual tasks, walking, seeing,

hearing, speaking, breathing, learning, and working)

Has record of such impairment; or

Is regarded as having such impairment.

In order to fulfill its obligation under Section 504, the Arts Based School recognizes a responsibility to avoid discrimination in policies and practices regarding its personnel and students. No discrimination

against any person with a disability will knowingly be permitted in any of the programs and

practices in our school. Parents who believe their child qualifies for a 504 plan should contact our 504 Coordinator, Assistant Principal, Paige Raper praper@artsbasedschool.com.


Counseling Services

The school counselor is available to students and families on an as-needed basis. Counseling referrals may be made by parents, teachers, or students.


Student Assistance Team (SAT)

             The Student Assistance Team (SAT) works to develop a partnership between the administration, the teachers and the parents to provide support for students who are having difficulty being successful. The need for support may have academic, behavioral, or social origins. SAT is designed to provide a structure by which students may be served quickly and effectively when the need for intervention becomes apparent.


Your child’s current classroom teacher will meet with the grade level team to create the class rosters for the next year. They use all that they know about your child’s academic, social, emotional, and behavioral qualities to determine which classroom is the best match. Parent requests will be considered but must be received by the classroom teacher before May 1.


Information concerning students, families, and staff is confidential and cannot be shared at any time. Please do not expect staff (including administration) to discuss student behavior, academic performance, or disciplinary action except those issues directly pertaining to your child. When a parent is volunteering in a classroom, working with students, or assisting in the front office, the volunteer must adhere to this expectation of confidentiality.


We welcome adult visitors to our school and are happy to have you with us whenever you can be a part of our school routine. We require that every visitor report to the ABS office and not the classroom and we will notify the classroom of your presence. All visitors and volunteers must sign in at the Front Office and wear a Visitor Badge while on campus. In order to minimize distractions and maintain a productive learning environment, we do not allow guest students or lunch visits from friends.


FERPA is a federal law that governs the maintenance of school records. Under the law, parents or guardians of students or students who are 18 years of age or older have the right to inspect all records kept by the school about the student and the right to correct inaccuracies in those records. Under FERPA, access to the records by persons other than the parents or guardians is limited and generally requires written consent by the parents, guardians and/or students age 18 or older.


In compliance with the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Asbestos Hazards Emergency Response Act (AHERA), ABS had inspections conducted in our school building for the purpose of identifying asbestos-containing building materials (ACBMs). No ACBMs were identified. The inspection findings were included in an asbestos Management Plan which has been on file in the school administrative office since that time. The EPA requires us to annually notify you that we are aware of the AHERA regulation, and that we are in compliance. The Management Plan is available for you review at anytime during normal school hours (Mon-Fri 8am-3pm). The Asbestos Program Manager, Stephanie May is available to answer any questions you may have about asbestos in our building (336-748-4116 ext 2003).


In compliance with federal laws; the Arts Based Elementary School administers all educational programs, employment activities and admissions without discrimination because of race, religion, national or ethnic origin, color, age, military service, disability, or gender, except where exemption is appropriate and allowed by law.


Each Board Meeting is open and accessible to parents and community members. The first fifteen minutes of the meetings provide an opportunity for parents to bring forward any concerns or complaints that need to be addressed. The complainant is encouraged to first address any grievance at the level at which the problem occurred. If a resolution cannot be reached at that level, the Board asks that the chain of command be observed: teacher, then Principal, then Chair of the Board.

Thank you…

For being a part of the Arts Based School. Our charter describes an educational experience for each student that is engaging, exciting, and encouraging. We welcome your family’s participation and involvement in the school and its activities and are eager to help our students grow and develop their intellectual, cognitive, and creative abilities!

ABS Board of Directors

The Arts-Based Elementary School is governed by the ABS Board of Directors. This is a voluntary board comprised of community leaders, business people, educators, and parents committed to the success of our school and its mission. The Board convenes a monthly meeting on the second Tuesday of each month at 5:45pm at the school. Board meetings are open to the public.


Disclaimer: The policies and procedures stated in this Parent/Student Handbook may be changed, amended, and edited or revised by the Arts Based School at any time at its discretion.  In addition, this Parent/Student Handbook does not contain all policies of the ABS Board of Directors currently in effect.


Approved August 2016