Frequently Asked Questions

What is the maximum class size?
To ensure that your child receives the individual attention he/she needs to excel, Valeo Academy keeps it's class sizes to no more than 20 students.

Is a private education really worth the price?
A private education at Valeo Academy costs no more than many people's car payment/month. While we wouldn't hesitate paying more than $400 or $500/month for the car we desire, we may hesitate on paying that for our child's education and future. Many parents accept this logic where college is concerned, but college is too late to shape your child's character and capacity for learning.  The primary and elementary years are the best times for planting the seeds of academics and character that will shape your child's future.  We believe that investing in these critical years for your child will pay off for them and for you in the years to come!

Do you offer tuition assistance?
While every student who attends Valeo Academy receives financial assistance in the sense that tuition and fees do not cover the cost of his/her education, there are a limited amount of need-based scholarships available.  For more information, please call our office at 847-645-9300.   

In what ways can I get involved as a parent?
Valeo Academy encourages all of our families to get involved in the education of their children.  We are committed to you and our common goal to seeing your child develop all the gifts and talents God has placed in him/her.  We have several different areas in which you can get involved - from assisting teachers in the classroom, lunch room and study hall monitoring, to event planning, assisting in the office, and even substitute teaching.  For more information, please contact our office at 847-645-9300.

Do you offer Before and After school care? If so, what is the fee?
Valeo Academy Extended Care is provided on school days from 3:00pm - 6:00pm.  Fees for the 2018-2019 school year are $14/day or $185/month.  Children participating in Valeo Extended Care enjoy such activities as our Power Hour (after school assistance with homework), Bible lessons, games involving teamwork, snack, videos, music, recess in our gymnasium, cooking, and more!

Where can I purchase uniforms?  Our uniform supplier is Dennis Uniform.  Uniforms may be purchased in one of two ways: 
Visit the Dennis Uniform store at 7055 West Higgins Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656 (708) 669-7944
Order online at dennisuniform.com (the code for Valeo Academy is GVAGV).

Is there bus service?  
We are unable to provide bus service, mainly due to many of our families coming from so many different locations and distances.  However, almost all of our families wishing to communicate with other Valeo families - for things from setting up carpools, to arranging private birthday parties - have opted to be a part of our Valeo Family Contacts - a network of Valeo Academy families committed to helping each other.  If you would like to be a part of Valeo Family Contacts, please call our office at 847-645-9300.

Can home-schooled students take classes at Valeo Academy?
While we are happy to enroll previously home-schooled students full-time at Valeo Academy, at this time we are not able to offer individual (a-la-carte) classes for families who wish to continue to home-school their children.

My child has not been immunized. What if I am unable to get my child immunized before the enrollment deadline?
If you have made an appointment with your child's doctor, you may submit proof that you have scheduled your child to receive his/her immunizations. Once this has been completed, please mail or fax a copy of the record to the Valeo Academy Admissions Office.

What if I do not believe in immunizing my child?
Although the Illinois Department of Public Health requires that all public and private schools present proof that all enrolled students have received immunizations, it does allow for the following exemptions :Religious: Parents objecting to the administration of immunizations are required to submit to the school, a written and signed statement indicating that the vaccinating their children are in direct conflict with a religious belief, and in what way there is a conflict. Objections on philosophical grounds are not admissible in the state of Illinois. Medical: If the administration of one or more of the immunizing agents is a direct threat to the health of your child, the physician of that child must submit a signed statement to Valeo Academy indicating this fact. 

The above exemptions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Further information on exemptions from immunizations can be found at the IL Dept. of Public Health (http://www.idph.state.il.us/).

What if my child is doing well in one subject, but poor in another? Is there a tutoring program?
If your child needs a little extra help in a certain subject, you may request that the teacher give additional assistance for up to 1/4 hour after class. The fee for any additional assistance beyond 15 minutes will be $10 per 1/2 hour. Multiple requests at a time will be honored by appointments only.

Are there extra-curricular activities?
Students at Valeo have participated in a wide variety of activities and events such as yearbook, Student Council, community service, dramatic productions and presentations, and special days centered around their studies. Our Jr. and Sr. Prep classes can participate in sports throughout the academic year.

Do you have an open-door policy for parents to their child's classroom? i.e., may a parent come in at any time, without an appointment, to observe the class?
Given the variety of activities and instruction through the 4 quarters, we ask that all visits by parents to a child's classroom should be arranged with the administrative office of Valeo Academy (1 Corinthians 14:40).

What level of experience/education is required of the teachers and staff of Valeo Academy?
Given that our method of education vastly differs from that of the secular world, in addition to requiring a college degree and certification, we will be training each of our teachers to instruct from the curriculum and according to the philosophy of education we have set forth.  Teachers at Valeo Academy also undergo continuing education classes and seminars to further develop their skills.

What are some of your policies on topics such as homework, attendance, discipline, etc.?
For information on our policies, please consult our Valeo Academy Family Handbook on our website.

Is there homework on church service days?
Homework is typically not given on church service days; however, on rare occasions, there may be times when homework is required.

There is a different cost for members and non-members.  What is your definition of a member?
Membership with Life Changers International Church is attained through successful completion of the Life Changers Next Steps Class, involvement, and regular tithing.  For more information on becoming a member of Life Changers International Church, please visit www.changinglives.org or call 847-645-9100.

Is there a special education program?
Not at this time. The academic program at Valeo Academy is both challenging and comprehensive, and it would be unfair for us to promise that we can accommodate all children with learning disabilities. Any applicants requiring special needs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. Depending on what the special needs are, Valeo Academy reserves the right to decline students.

Is there chapel? Yes. Who teaches chapel?
A qualified minister or teacher.

What types of standardized tests are used to determine a student's achievement level?
Terra Nova 3 Tests are administered every April.
The PSATs are administered annually for grades 9 through 11.
College test preparation also includes SAT test preparation for high school juniors
What about Kindergarten testing?
Determination of Kindergarten readiness will be made based on the results of a Kindergarten Readiness Scale.

How are school and teacher performance measured?
Academic performance is measured by the results of standardized tests in relation to local, state, and national averages. Faculty undergoes annual reviews.