KCSMA Before and After School Program (BASP)
KCSMA is proud to offer Before and After school care to our families. BASP Director, Kristen Settle has been supervising the program for 6 years, and is committed to providing a program that exceeds any other in the county. Students receive snacks, quiet time to complete homework, tutoring (spaces limited), lots of physical activities, games, and club opportunities.
Clubs and activities currently available:
Ballet, Hip-Hop, African Dance
Camp of Champions
Engineering Jr. Engineering
Mandarin - Spanish
Before School Hours: 6:00-7:10am
After School Hours: Upon completion of carpool – 6:30pm
For more information or to enroll your child go to link directly to BASP link
KCSMA is nonsectarian and nonreligious in its programs, employment practices and all other operations. KCSMA shall not discriminate against any student on the basis of religion, gender, or disability.
Discrimination complaints may be filed directly with:
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center
1000 Alabama Street SW, Suite 4R30
Atlanta, GA 30303
Telephone Number: 404-562-6800
The US Department of Education
Atlanta Office for Civil Rights
61 Forsyth Street SW, Suite 19T70
Atlanta, GA 30303-31204
Telephone Number: 404-562-6350
Questions concerning policies and practices of KCSMA may be addressed to:
3010 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152
Telephone Number: 678-290- 9628
Or to the KCSMA Governing Board at:
Georgia Charter Schools, Inc.
3010 Cobb Pkwy NW, Kennesaw, GA 30152
KCSMA meets all applicable federal and local health, safety, and civil rights requirements. It will not violate the applicable anti-discrimination provisions found in federal and state statutes.
Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy (KCSMA) is a public charter school. There are a few key differences between a traditional public school and a charter school. As a parent of a student at KCSMA, it is beneficial to understand those differences to fully appreciate the experiences that you and your student will encounter. It will also enable you to fully understand the school’s expectations and how they are benefiting your student(s). Three areas that differ from traditional public schools are governance, funding/resources, and reliance on parent volunteers.
From the Georgia Department of Education website: A charter school is a public school of choice that operates under the terms of a charter, or contract, with an authorizer, such as the state and local boards of education. Charter schools receive flexibility from certain state and local rules in exchange for a higher degree of accountability for raising student achievement. Charter schools are held accountable by their authorizer(s) for upholding the terms of their charter.
From the Georgia Dept. of Education website: Two words can help distinguish charter schools from traditional public schools: autonomy and flexibility. Charter schools are governed, not by a local board of education, but by an autonomous non-profit board of directors, and they receive flexibility from certain state and local rules and regulations in exchange for a higher level of accountability. Charter schools use this flexibility to implement innovative or unique programs, in order to provide educational options to parents and students that are not typically available in the traditional public schools.
Administration: The daily operation of the school is run by the administration, which refers to the principal, vice principal, and curriculum coach. Enrollment, staff oversight, student relations, academics, bookkeeping, lunch program, and all other daily operations/functions are handled by the administration.
KCSMA School Board: Georgia Charter Schools, Inc. is the charter holder and governing board for Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy and is most commonly referred to by parents and staff as “the school board.” The school board is comprised of KCSMA parents and community members. They oversee all administrative decisions, academics, financials of the school, and ensure the school meets charter goals. They also provide final conflict resolution, as outlined by the grievance policy. The school charter, bylaws of the board, and grievance policy are located on the board’s website, www.kcsboard.com.
KCSMA Parent Teacher Organization: The PTO exists to provide support for the educational, social, and recreational needs of the students, staff, and administration. The PTO is a support system for the school. The PTO helps the school organize volunteers, raises money to provide additional resources to the school, holds fun events, sponsors teacher appreciation events, etc. Membership by 100% of all families and staff is encouraged.
KCSMA receives a set amount of funding per student but does not receive many other types of funding or resources provided to other Cobb County public schools. For example, traditional public schools receive additional media center funding per student, which would amount to over $10,000 for a school our size, just for media center services. They receive landscaping services and other services. KCSMA does not receive SPLOST funding, which provides other Cobb County schools with technology upgrades, facility improvements, etc.
KCSMA makes do with less and has learned to make the most of the resources it has. KCSMA also relies heavily on parent and family volunteers. For example, volunteers are used as lunchroom monitors, media center assistants, etc. There are also grounds clean-ups scheduled throughout the year for volunteers and staff to maintain and beautify the campus. KCSMA expects all staff, students, and families to take pride and ownership in our school. No one at KCSMA feels they are above certain tasks, such as picking up litter. Parents are also encouraged to participate in loyalty programs where the school earns money.
Parents and families are encouraged to volunteer 20 hours per school year per family for the reasons stated above. With every family participating in this volunteer program, our students’ scores, student enjoyment, and overall student/teacher experience will exceed all expectations. In addition, parents and staff will be able to have better communication and provide the students with an outstanding and meaningful learning environment, where all of our cultural differences can be celebrated. All volunteer hours should be reported by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Attend School Board and PTO meetings:
Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend monthly School Board meetings, PTO officer meetings, and PTO general meetings. Dates and times are posted on the corresponding websites
Bookmark and check school websites:
KCSMA – www.kennesawcharter.com (school news and information)
KCSMA School Board – www.kcsboard.com (notice of board meetings)
KCSMA PTO – www.kcsmapto.wordpress.com (check here for volunteering opportunities and PTO news)
Follow on Twitter: KCSMA school news – KCSMA News @KcsmaNews
KCSMA PTO – KCSMA PTO @KCSMAPTO
Like on Facebook: Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy page
Kennesaw Charter Science and Math Academy – PTO page
» Read the KCSMA Handbook that is posted on the school website.
» Read all emails sent from the school, check teacher blogs, and check your child’s folder for notices from the school. KCSMA uses yard signs and indoor hallway bulletin boards to post reminders, as well.
When in doubt, ask! Feel free to contact Tara McLeod, Front Office Coordinator, at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org with general questions. Questions for the PTO may be emailed to email@example.com . No question is too trivial.
Refer to the school handbook for a comprehensive list of contacts.
Provided by the School Advisory Committee, updated 7/23/2015
KCSMA staff shares the belief that students learn most effectively if emotional and
physical needs are given priority. Students are greeted with music, as well as happy
student and staff welcomes each morning. Community meetings in the classroom
encourage students to express themselves within their class family, and "morning
meetings" every other Friday provide time for the entire school to celebrate
accomplishments and to connect as a school family every other week. Visitors often
comment on the positive climate of the school. KCSMA staff follows Conscious
Discipline, a social, emotional development program created by Dr. Becky Bailey.
Conscious Discipline is research based and is grounded upon three ideals:
1) Controlling and changing ourselves is possible and has a profound impact on others.
2) Connectedness governs behavior.
3) Conflict is an opportunity to teach.
KCSMA students feel invited, welcome, and celebrated, and the culture of kindness has proven to be contagious. Our students receive frequent compliments from guests about their helpful and courteous interactions with visitors as well as peers. KCSMA students stay hydrated, stay moving, and stay motivated all day!
KCSMA staff works smart. Charter schools receive less funding than other public schools. Additionally, charter schools are expected to outperform other public schools. To accomplish this, KCSMA requires a staff composed of highly dedicated teachers and support personnel passionate about the charter school model. KCSMA staff is committed to the extended hours and creativity in programming needed to develop an instructional day that goes beyond common core standards by injecting problem-solving, real world application of knowledge throughout all subject areas. Teachers beef up the curriculum by webbing science and math and engineering concepts throughout Music, Art, Social Studies, and Reading. KCSMA provides a Science "special" in addition to daily science instruction. Students also receive Environmental Education and additional Technology experiences. KCSMA is a “Bring Your Own Device” school, and offers tablet check-out and use in the Research and Development Department. Along with the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) focus, we strive to partner with universities and businesses to work in classrooms, alongside KCSMA students and teachers, providing authentic career and college experience. What better way to prepare for the real world than collaborating on projects and solving problems using skills and information from future employers?
KCSMA Strategic Plan is under construction
KCSMA offers a unique program called Charter town which is a micro-society meant to provide an authentic work experience for students, preparing them for the future.Students in the program are given opportunities to develop interpersonal skills and to apply science, math, and other content in their work.The students are held to a high standard, helping them develop a strong work ethic and establishing them as role models in the school.
Chartertown operates during morning carpool from 7:15am-7:45am and during afternoon carpool from 2:45pm-3:15pm.Students in grades 2-5 can choose to apply for a variety of jobs in full-time and part-time positions.As only a select number of positions are available, we offer a work session from August-December and from January-May, maximizing the number of students impacted by the program.Students work a regular schedule and receive virtual salaries which they can spend at the Chartertown Market and Up-N-Atom Cafe.
KCSMA also has a student-run news team and government which are part of the Chartertown program.These positions have a different selection process and schedule.
Staff members facilitate this program, but in order to have real success, we need the support of our KCSMA community.If you can commit regularly to 30 minutes in the morning or afternoon to support this program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.In your email, please include the details of when you are available.If you have an interest to support a specific position, please include that as well.The general categories of work are listed below.
• Customer Service – Market & Café
• Human Resources
• Marketing & Public Relations
• Hall Greeting & Monitoring
• Social Media
• Crafting / Up-Cycling
The Chartertown Market & Up-N-Atom Café are always in need of supplies. If you would like to donate any of the following items, please send them to the office marked for Chartertown.
• Pencils – all types
• Pens – all types
• Erasers – tops, large erasers, fun designs
• Packs of crayons, markers, colored pencils
• Pencil Pouches
• New or like-new lunch bags, book bags, or purses
• Backpack decorations – puff ball hangs, buttons, anything cute
• Small Notepads or post-it pads
• Sketch books, journals, and small calendars
• Compositions Books – primary and wide rule
• Spiral Notebooks – any size
• Notebook paper – wide rule
• Fun binders – all sizes
• Notecards (blank, artistic varieties, and mixed packs of Happy Birthday, Get Well, Thank You, etc.)
• Stickers – all types
• Fidgets – school appropriate
• Locker Decorations
• New or like-new jewelry and hair barrettes & ties
• Lip Balm
• Travel size hand lotion
• Handmade items students would like to have or give as a present
• Individual packed fruit, herbal, or decaffeinated teas
• Individual raw sugar packs
• Large canister hot chocolate
• Individual Apple cider packs
• Flavored sparkling water – NO sweeteners added
• Large bags of organic plain popcorn
• No nut sugar cookies
• 100% juice boxes
• Individual Horizon Chocolate Milk
• Individual SILK chocolate
• GOGO Squeeze packs
• Kashi Strawberry Cereal Bars
• Clif ZBAR Chocolate Mint Protein Bars
• Lemon LUNA Bars
• Cascadian Farms Chocolate Chip Bars and Oat Bars (no nuts)
• Snack bags: whole grain goldfish, pirate booty, skinny pop popcorn
• Target Simply Balanced 100% fruit strips
• Individual mixed flavor oatmeal packs
• Small PAPER plates and bowls (NO Styrofoam)
• 12-16oz PAPER HOT cups with lids (NO Styrofoam)
• Plastic spoons
• Paper towels / napkins
Much of the instructional programming at KCSMA is based on connected learning, experience, and small group collaboration, becoming a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering Math) certified school is a natural progression in the future of KCSMA.
The school is in the process of obtaining STEM certification, which takes a minimum of 3 years.
When you think of STEM think of digging deeper into concepts, increasing active learning through problem-based situations in which students create or improve a design currently not meeting a need. STEM education is student centered. STEM is not a subject or an activity. It’s a transformation from teaching the subject of science or math in isolation, to the connection of all subjects and the critical thinking skills students develop through in-depth experiences, trial and error problem solving and collaboration. For KCSMA, one of the most exciting aspects of STEM education is the importance of involving business, industry, and colleges, and we are always on the lookout for a parent or community partner who has some time and expertise to share with our future leaders.
The definition of technology is interesting in STEM education, as “technology” does not refer to the instructional technology found in a classroom such as interactive boards, data projectors, or software. Technology is anything that helps to: improve health; grow or process food better; use energy more efficiently; communicate more effectively; process data faster; move people and things easier; make products that enhance lives; or build structures that provide shelter and comfort.
KCSMA participates in state and local standardized testing. Georgia Milestones and CCRPI (College Career Readiness Performance Indicator) results for the school can be found by going to www.gadoe.org
Student Learning Objectives (SLO) are administered to all grade levels and subjects not included in Georgia Milestones end of year assessments.
IOWA (formerly ITBS) is administered at grades 1, 3 and 5
CoGat is administered at grades K and 2
Additionally, KCSMA uses Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) testing to track longitudinal student growth data in math and reading. Currently MAP is given three times per year at grades 2 and 3, with plans for MAP testing at all grade except K. MAP also gives the teachers valuable information about the students strengths and weaknesses, as well as additional resources the teacher can use to supplement the students learning.
Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) testing is used at KCSMA to supplement the MAP testing. This test finds the students Lexile level for grades 1, 4, and 5. For Kindergarten, the SRI gives the teacher valuable information on what the student knows and how much they grow throughout the year. Similar to MAP testing, the SRI is given three times a year.