What does a typical school day look like?
GSAA begins each day at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 3:05with the exception of Fridays which are early release days and end at 12:00.
M-Th school days will contain four hours of core curriculum and two and one half hours of art each day.
What curriculum classes will I take?
Students will take all State of New Hampshire core curriculum required classes and also three hours of intensive art each day.
GSAA provides an arts integrated curriculum. Arts will be combined with all core curriculum and curriculum will be combined with all arts.
For more information please see our curriculum page.
What if I am ready to take accelerated math next year? Can I take that at GSAA? What if I failed some courses at my last school?
Regardless of your math level, GSAA will offer classes that suit your needs. GSAA's administrative staff will meet with you and assess your needs to ensure that you are placed at the appropriate class level.
Is there suggested reading for summer 2016 prior to school opening?
Yes...suggested but not required.
1 selection of Shakespeare
To Kill A Mockingbird-- Harper Lee
Grapes of Wrath--Steinbeck
Catcher in the Rye-- JD Salinger
The Fault In Our Stars--John Green
The Maze Runner--James Dashner
Mous 1 & 2 --Art Spiegleman
The Giver--Lois Lowry
The Book Thief--Markus Zusak
The City of Bones--Cassandra Clare
The Raven Boys--Maggie Stiefvater
Orphan Train--Cristina Baker kKein
Looking For Alaska--John Green
Killing Lincoln--Bill O'Reilly, Martin Dungard
How many arts may I take at GSAA?
Students may take two each semester selecting from the following: Dance Theater, Music, Visual Arts.
Will there be play/ music/ dance/art productions at GSAA?
Are your teachers certified?
As is required by state of NH law, at least 50% of the GSAA staff will be certified by the State of New Hampshire.
Can my child go to college from GSAA? Are the academics rigorous enough?
Yes. GSAA's core curriculum meet or exceeds State of NH graduation requirements.
What are the requirements for technology? Will I need an iPad or laptop?
Families are required to provide their child either a personal laptop or iPad, (preferably 9") with internet capability. The use of a GSAA issued laptop/ ipad will be based on need.
How does GSAA support students with IEPs/504 plans?
GSAA works in conjunction with area SAU's staff, guidance and families, to ensure that the students needs are met.
Are there athletic teams at GSAA?
GSAA does not offer athletic teams.
Will the extended school day allow me continue to do a sport on my own after school?
As long your schedule permits. As a student of GSAA you will need to attend all core curriculum and arts classes.
What will I do for physical education?
We will offer a variety of different athletics and activities.
What about lunches?
GSAA will have fresh vending onsite that is filled every 2 days with locally made sandwiches and salads. They will also have microwavable meals, muffins, breakfast sandwiches, milks, juice, and yogurts available as well. GSAA is also looking to partner with local restaurants to be able to offer hot meal choices a few days a week.
Will There Be Busing/Transportation?
There will no busing in year one. We will work with families to organize carpooling.
What is the driving/parking policy?
Any Junior or Senior in good standing may park at GSAA free of charge.
Who can attend GSAA?
Anyone in grades 9-12 can attend GSAA! New Hampshire residents are free and out of state residents will require a tuition. The tuition for out of state students will be $7,000.00 per year.