Responsible Technology Use Policy
This policy is described in detail on the Responsible Technology Use Policy page.
Our Public Calendar section of this website is a complete listing of all FALA events, performances, field trips, Friday designations of A or B days, staff meetings, testing dates, holidays, happenings, service learning trips and such. For a traditional calendar of our school days, grading periods and holidays, click here for our Academic Calendar.
FALA has very active volunteer corps. Follow this link for more information.
FALA charges $200 per student ($100 for a sibling) for an annual Student Activity Fee. Fees supplement basic classroom instruction materials. We use the funds to buy computers and specialized software, projectors and cameras, printers, science materials, books and movies. Fees also provide stipends for guest speakers and artists in residence, graduation ceremony costs and service learning projects. You can pay for fees here on the website on the Pay Fees Page. Or you can download an ACH debit form and send it to our office.
Elective classes often charge an additional fee (most are $40-$50) to cover costs of dance costumes, renting performance facilities, performance rights to theatrical and musical productions, sets, costumes, musical instrument rental and equipment, sheet music and music books. Additionally, Advanced Placement (AP) classes require test fees, which cost $100 each. These fees are levied by the College Board; students may request fee reductions for the AP tests by writing directly to the College Board.
For students to participate in school field trips costing more than $250, all fees must be paid prior to departure. Some field trips have non-refundable deposits. Please refer to your student handbook for additional details.
Arizona state law stipulates that state residents can donate up to $200 per single taxpayer or $400 per household toward school experiential learning trips, science equipment and materials for our leadership advisory classes. For Tax Credit donations, please visit our Donate Page.
Please CLICK HERE to find out more about carpooling.
Attendance and Tardies
Attendance is important for academic success. Follow this link for some tips and resources to help parents with school attendance. Helpful Attendance Tips
Consistent student attendance and communication with FALA regarding absences and tardiness is paramount. Our state funding relies heavily on accurate and timely attendance records sent to the Arizona Department of Education. We look to parents as our partners to help assure our records are accurate and our funding remains consistent.
To report your child’s absence or tardy, call Sara Kauppila, our administrative coordinator, at 928.779.7223.
WE DO NOT ACCEPT EMAIL MESSAGES AS VALID NOTIFICATIONS OF AN ABSENCE OR TARDY.
Attendance will be taken within the first five minutes of class. A student is considered tardy if not in his/her seat at the beginning of the school day. The following are the consequences for tardies (cumulative per quarter):
- 1st and 2nd tardy: Warning
- 3rd tardy: Letter sent home
- 4th tardy: Mandatory After School Tutoring with parent notification
- 5th tardy: Mandatory After School Tutoring and parent meeting
- 6th tardy: Mandatory After School Tutoring
- 7th tardy: In-school suspension
|ABSENCE||Short-term consequences||Long-term consequences|
|Excused Absences**||None||5 absences (excused or unexcused) in any class = Student Success Program or lunch detention until missing work is completed.10 absences (excused or unexcused) in any class = loss of credit.|
|Unexcused Absences***||Detention, in-school suspension.||10 absences (excused or unexcused) in any class = loss of credit.|
*Absences due to illness or medical appointments, family emergencies, bereavement, observance of religious holidays, adverse weather conditions, or pre-approved absences.
**Absences excused by either a note or phone call from a parent/guardian.
***Unapproved or unexplained absences.
Websites for Course Content and Grades
- Teachers maintain webpages with assignments, meetings, course updates.
- Infinite Campus gives information about your student’s academic progress, assignments and attendance. Parent should receive an email with login instructions. For assistance, send an email to .
- A monthly FALA newsletter provides updates on events, performances, activities and volunteer opportunities. You can sign up for the newsletter on our subscription page.
Child Find is a component of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that requires local education agencies, such as FALA, to locate, identify and evaluate all children with disabilities, aged birth through 21 years of age, located within their geographical boundaries who are in need of early intervention or special education services. Because FALA is a charter school, our geographical boundaries are defined by the state as being our current student body.
Child Find applies to children suspected of having a disability as they progress from grade to grade, high mobility children such as homeless or migrant workers, wards of the state, private school students and homeschooled students. We identify, locate and evaluate all children with disabilities within our population served who are in need of special education and related services.
Every year, under the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), millions of children with disabilities receive special services designed to meet their unique needs. For school-aged children and youth (aged 3 through 21), special education and related services are provided through the school system. These services can be very important in helping children and youth with disabilities develop, learn, and succeed in school and other settings.
Under the IDEA, states are responsible for meeting the special needs of eligible children with disabilities. To find out if a child is eligible for services, he or she must first receive a full and individual initial evaluation. This evaluation is free. Two purposes of the evaluation are to see if the child has a disability, as defined by IDEA, and to learn in more detail what his or her special needs are.
The IDEA lists 13 disability categories under which 3- through 21-year-olds may be eligible for services. For a child to be eligible for services, the disability must affect the child’s educational performance. The disability categories listed in IDEA are: autism; deaf-blindness; emotional disturbance; hearing impairment (including deafness); mental retardation; multiple disabilities; orthopedic impairment; other health impairment; preschool moderate delay, severe delay, and speech and language; specific learning disability; speech or language impairment; traumatic brain injury; or visual impairment (including blindness).
Under IDEA, a child may not be identified as a “child with a disability” just because he or she speaks a language other than English and does not speak or understand English well. A child may not be identified as having a disability because he or she has not had enough instruction in math or reading.