FAQ

Does BIA provide buses?
  • Transportation will not be provided by BIA. Parent driven transportation options found here: Click Here: Bus Information
  • Carpool starts at 7:15 am and ends at 7:45 am. Instruction begins promptly at 7:45 am.
What time does school begin and end?

School begins at 7:45 am and ends at 3:00 pm.  Students are tardy after 7:45 am.  Dismissal ends when the last continuous car leaves the carpool line…all parents are EXPECTED to be in the afternoon carpool line prior to 3:30 pm.

Is there an after-school program?
How big are classes?

All class sizes for Kindergarten through eighth grade have lower numbers of students than most districts.

How many classes are there in each grade?

K-5 have three classes per grade, with the exception of 3rd grade, which has 4 classes per grade; 6-8 have two classes per grade level.

What is project based learning and how can I find out more about it?

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. PBL Works, formerly The Buck Institute, is a great resource to find out more. Check it out at www.pblworks.org.

What curriculum is used for computer coding?

We have worked with curriculum pioneers in the state to create a relevant and dynamic coding curriculum.   While the coding curriculum for lower school students centers around patterns, logical thinking, keyboarding fundamentals, and elementary programming, utilizing Tynker, Scratch, and Lego Education platforms, the coding curriculum at the middle school level focuses on electronic citizenship and programming languages, such as Python, HTML, CSS, and Javascript.

How does BIA serve students with Individual Education Plans?

We have four certificated special education teachers who are responsible for ensuring that Individual Education Plans are implemented with fidelity.

How does BIA serve English Language Learners?

We have two certificated ESOL teachers who work alongside our content area teachers to provide instruction to our English Learners.

What types of assessments does BIA give to its students?

BIA encourages the use of formative and summative assessments as part of a holistic instructional plan. At BIA, assessment is used to gauge student mastery and to tailor instruction. Assessments are most valuable when administered in a systematic manner, results analyzed, and appropriate feedback and instruction are provided to students; thereby actively engaging students in the learning process and supporting students as metacognitive learners.  As such NWEA MAP testing and i-Ready diagnostics are administered to all students at timed intervals throughout the year to aid in supporting student growth and closing learning gaps.  As a Georgia public school, we are also obligated to administer state-mandated assessments used to support student growth, including GKids, ACCESS for ELLs, and the Georgia Milestones End of Grade assessment.  We are also now utilizing state-developed formative assessments, Keenville and BEACON, which provide instruction along with formative assessment and align specifically with the Georgia state standards and summative Milestones assessment.