Q: When did The Connection School begin?
A: The Connection School was founded in 2011 at the direction of Kathleen Wrobleske with a team of faculty who collectively hold decades of experience teaching and researching about Christian classical education and is currently operating in its third school year.
Q: How large is your student/faculty body?
A: Last year we had 150 students enrolled K-12 with 30 faculty members. We have experienced about a 30% increase in our student body each year with a retention rate near 90%.
Q: What are your school colors and mascot?
A: Our school colors are royal blue and gold. Our mascot is the bear, partly in honor of our founder and director’s beloved dog named Bear.
Q: What are the school hours?
A: Instruction begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:30pm. We ask that students arrive at 8:00am in order to prepare for their day and to be picked up at 3:30pm.
Q: What is the school week / school year like?
A: Our four day program operates Monday through Thursday while our five day program includes Friday. Our course curriculum is structured by the four day week, so the Friday school day is structured a little differently, usually with opportunities to study during the morning and service or extra curricular activities taking place in the afternoon. After school activities take place throughout the week as organized and special events are announced throughout the year. Our school year follows Cy-Fair’s closely for major holidays and our calendar is released each summer. You may view our current calendar under the Events section of our website.
Q: Do you have a school lunch program?
A: We currently offer pizza lunches sold on Wednesdays for $5 as a Booster Club fundraiser. Students are required to bring a sack lunch the other days. The lunch/recess hour is from 11:30am to 1:00pm if you would like to bring your child lunch.
Q: Are students required to wear a uniform?
A: Yes, our standard uniform consists of casual dress pants/shorts or skirts with knit polo’s or blouses in school colors. Our chapel uniform (worn weekly on chapel days) consists of dress slacks, long-sleeve collared shirts with ties for boys and jumpers with collared blouses for girls. Our uniform provider is Land’s End, but casual uniform items may be purchased elsewhere. More information about our uniform dress code is found in the Parents & Students section of our website.
Q: What sports/fine arts/extracurricular activities do you offer?
A: We offer volleyball, basketball, and six-man football for sports. For fine arts, we offer classes in drama, photography, and yearbook. Art and music (choir/band) will be offered within our regular courses of study. We also have opportunities to take place in fine arts and academic competitions as a member of Association of Christian Schools International.
Q: How does carpooling/parking work?
A: We do not have a school-sponsored carpool system, but many of our families that live close to one another do make shared carpool arrangements. Students who are eligible to drive will need to register with the school.
Q: Is your school accredited?
A: Yes, we recently received our accreditation through AdvancED, the parent company of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), and the Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC). Our internationally accredited status is effective as of our 2014-2015 school year and will be up for renewal in 2015.
Q: Will my child’s high school credits transfer in/out?
A: High school credits transfer in and out depending on the particular standards of the schools involved and is done on a case by case basis. The courses we offer here are compatible with other high schools in the area, so there should be no concern as long as the student’s grade qualifies.
Q: Do you administer standardized testing?
A: Yes, we administer the TerraNova and InView assessments produced by ACSI to all levels. We also coach our secondary students in taking college entrance/placement tests such as the SAT, ACT, and others.
Q: How is your school organized corporately?
A: The Connection School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization as recognized by the Internal Revenue Service and is incorporated with the state of Texas. It is governed in its daily operations by the Director and an Advisory Team of school administration and lead faculty members and accountable to a Board of Trustees of whom the Director serves as President. More information about our corporate status and governance structure is found in the Organization section of our website.
Q: How do I apply?
A: Ask for an application packet from the office or download it from our Apply section. The admission process is as follows:
- Complete Application
- Submit Enrollment Fee
- Request Recommendations & Records
- Conduct Family Interview
- Conduct Informal Assessment for Student
- Review & Notification
- Issuance & Acceptance of Enrollment Agreement