Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Suzuki Charter School rated so high in the Fraser report and Alberta Accountability Pillar results?
A: The Suzuki Approach is based on the belief that every individual has innate ability and talent, with the capacity to learn within a nurturing environment, supported by dedicated teachers and supportive staff. The approach inspires our vision and mission.
A. The choice of musical instruments includes the following: cello, double bass, flute, guitar, piano, recorder, trumpet, viola, and violin.
A. Choice is sometimes limited by the capacity of the group classes offered at the school. Therefore, a student’s first choice of instrument may not be available.
A. No. We are an inclusive school and believe that every child can learn using the Suzuki Approach.
A. The price depends on the instrument and the length and type of lesson. Contact information for music vendors can be obtained from the school office.
A. No. The school does not rent instruments. Your music vendor will discuss this with you.
A. Academic classroom teachers are certificated teachers. Music faculty members have specialized training in the Suzuki Approach.
A. There are fees to help cover costs including field trips, agendas, and lunch supervision.
A. No. Suzuki Charter School is a publicly funded school as is Edmonton Public or Edmonton Catholic. We deliver the Alberta program of studies and are accountable to the Minister of Education.
Q. Why is Suzuki Charter School rated so high in the Fraser report and Alberta Accountability Pillar results?
A. Strong student success is the result of the utilizing the Suzuki Approach - mastery learning, nurturing learning environment, and parent partnerships. Suzuki students perform well on provincial achievement tests which form the primary basis of comparison for the Fraser report.
A. Charter schools are not allowed to own property as they do not have permanence according to the School Act. Charter schools are seeking permanence so that they will be able to own their buildings.
A. Suzuki Charter School students sing O Canada every morning and at the beginning of monthly assemblies and concerts. SCS also celebrates the traditional holidays, however allowances are made for those who do not celebrate them.
A. Charter Schools cannot deny access to any students unless they do not have the resources or space to meet these special needs.
A. To support mastery learning, our standard guideline is 30 minutes of academic practice each evening. In addition, students are expected to practice their instruments and listen to Suzuki repertoire each day.
A. Suzuki Charter School’s goal is to ensure a safe learning environment for all children. Procedures are in place for working with students who have allergies. Staff are provided with education on emergency procedures including anaphlaxis reactions and use of epi-pens.
A. Bus service is not provided as our students live throughout Edmonton and surrounding areas. However, parents who qualify may receive a grant to help offset the cost of driving their children to school.
A. At Suzuki Charter School discipline is a school-wide approach to student conduct that supports the development of healthy relationships in our school community. It includes opportunities for the peaceful resolution of conflict by proactive and progressive handling of discipline. Students are reminded to practice the correct behaviors. Students are taught to take responsibility for their actions, and depending on their severity, are given consequences following our behavior intervention procedures.
A. The Board Policy, I – 202 Bullying Prevention and Student Pledge, supports our commitment to a safe and caring school environment. Many special initiatives including Playground Harmonizers, the Leader in Me student leadership program, as well as Friendship assemblies provide students with consistent messages regarding bullying prevention and respectful relationships.
A. The audited financial statement is presented at the Board Annual General Meeting in May, posted on the website, and available from the Secretary-Treasurer.