Here are some frequently asked questions about The Evans School.
What are your school hours?
School begins at 8:30
Monday – Thursday (earlier Friday dismissal time)
Kindergarten ~ 3:00 (12:30)
Grades 1 & 2 ~ 3:15 (12:30)
Grades 3 – 6 ~ 3:30 (12:45)
Fridays consist of academic classes and an all-school assembly. Our early dismissal allows for extra-curricular activities, appointments, and staff meetings.
How does your school day begin?
Students participate in morning assemblies which include The Pledge of Allegiance, songs, skits, discussions which emphasize values, and calendar announcements. Our assembly concludes with our school pledge and prayer. We believe that a few quiet moments spent each morning set the pace for a more harmonious school day.
Do you have a traditional school year calendar?
We begin our school year on the third Wednesday of August and finish in June. In addition to celebrating national holidays, we have a break every month which allows both students and teachers to “recharge their batteries”.
Do You Have Summer Activities ?
Activities for the summer between academic years tends to include drama, art, and adventure camps. Academic tutoring is also offered in the summer.
Are you accredited?
Evans is accredited by WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
“You have a wonderful school and such an outstanding learning environment for the children. The positive and supportive atmosphere that is prevalent with your staff and parents is so encouraging. ‘To teach is to reach out and touch the hands, the hearts and minds of tomorrow.’ I feel this quote describes the Evans School staff.”
Dr. Lou Joseph, Chair of WASC Visiting Committee, 2009
Is Evans a religious school?
We celebrate Christian traditions. However, we warmly welcome students and staff of all faiths and denominations. Present and former Evans mothers are welcome to attend weekly Evans Moms In Prayer (EMP) prayer group. Many students enjoy participating in Children Seeking God (CSG), an optional activity which meets Wednesday mornings before school. Both groups are led by one or two Evans mothers. Parents also enjoy participating in our occasional prayer assemblies.
Do you award scholarships?
Evans has a Foundation and Advisory Board, a group of individuals who are in contact on a regular basis to discuss policy, scholarship awards, and plans for the future. The board possesses a variety of background and experience, and adds expertise from both educational and financial perspectives. All individuals are committed to the school’s mission and purpose. They have demonstrated strength of character and leadership in their personal and professional endeavors.
How do you communicate with parents?
Evans has an “Open Door” policy. We know that a good education requires an effective partnership with parents. Communication with parents and teachers is encouraged; conferences are scheduled at the request of parents or staff. Conferences with lower school parents are held at least twice a year.
What extra expenses can parents expect?
Tuition includes books and supplies used at school, as well as milk offered at lunch. The extras would be for our catered Hot Lunch Program and family contribution for staff appreciation gifts.
How do you handle security?
The safety of our students and staff is paramount at Evans. Our campus is locked during school hours, and has 24 hour surveillance cameras. All visitors, as well as children arriving late, must be admitted through the front door.
Does your program encourage competition among students?
A spirited, but friendly rivalry exists between our Blue & White teams. Excitement builds at the end of the year as our team banner is announced.
How is discipline addressed?
It is expected that all students will show respect to both peers and staff. If a child falls short in our expectations, he/she meets with a staff member. Parents are contacted if improvement is not seen. Students who are not willing to adhere to our standards of behavior are asked to withdraw.
How do you integrate technology?
At no time do our computers or electronic devices substitute for teacher instruction. When students have completed their classwork, they may play math and reading games on classroom sets of iPads. Our computer lab may be used with supervision. iPads in the science lab are used in Upper School to enhance lesson content, and in other subjects when possible. A one-to-one iPad program exists for our fifth and sixth graders.
What is your dress code?
An attractive and comfortable uniform is worn by all students. Students are expected to be well groomed at all times. Long hair for boys, piercings, and tattoos are not acceptable. Uniforms are purchased at Mills in San Diego. Parents often donate used uniforms which are shared with other families.
Are there any food limitations?
Evans is a “NUT-FREE” zone. Thorough instructions regarding our nut-free policy are given to Evans parents. Students bring a mid-morning snack and lunch to school. There are frequent occasions during the school year when special treats (all nut-free) are served to the children.
Are all your families from La Jolla?
Both students and staff come from a variety of areas…..La Mesa, Coronado, Chula Vista, Poway, Point Loma, University City, Pacific Beach, Clairemont, North County, and San Diego. There is usually more than one family in an area which allows for carpooling.