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Frequently Asked Questions

 

NOTE: There is a limitation as to how many students may attend a Fundamental School due to campus size.  Therefore, admission into a Fundamental School is determined by a lottery system at the kindergarten level.  Waiting lists exist for Grades 1-6.  If you are interested in having your child attend a Fundamental School, please contact the school’s office staff for further information on the lottery and waiting list process.

We have waiting lists for all grades except 6th, we usually have openings for 6thgraders.  The application can be picked up at our office between 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

The enrollment/lottery process closes the first day of school and all students wanting to enroll at Hollow Hills after the first day of school will have to be put on a waiting list for the next year. 

 

 

1)  What is a “Fundamental School”?  A Fundamental school in the Simi Valley Unified School District is an elementary school (K-6) whose purpose is to provide a traditional, back-to-basics education for its students.  The emphasis is on providing a rigorous academic program and on developing individual responsibility and independence in each student.  There are two fundamental elementary schools in this district, Hollow Hills Fundamental School and Vista Fundamental School.

The District does not discriminate on the basis of disability with respect to our participation in the programs at Hollow Hills and Vista Schools.  It is the District’s policy to provide a free, appropriate public education to all students with disabilities in conformance with the provisions of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 in all of its schools, including Hollow Hills and Vista.

2)  Is the curriculum content and/or material different than other schools in the district?  Both Fundamental Schools teach the state and district content standards and utilize the basic texts designated by the school district.  Instruction is for mastery of content and concepts.

3)  How are the Fundamental Schools different from other schools?  The Fundamental Schools are “Magnet” schools providing equal access for all students of the district without consideration of the neighborhood where a child lives.  Parents choose to have their children at the Fundamental Schools and agree to support the goals, philosophies and student and parent expectations.  Staff members have chosen  to work at the Fundamental Schools and have been selected to do so.  This results in an atmosphere of support and commitment.

There is a firm requirement that students complete all class work and homework.  This includes make-up work when a student is absent and “fix and finish” assignments to correct errors.  Accuracy is stressed as an important factor in learning.

The Fundamental Schools have a dress code that is more restrictive than the other schools in the district.  See the current Parent Handbook for details.

Another focus of the Fundamental Schools is frequent two way communication between school and home.Teachers give frequent progress reports, comments on papers and notes to parents. 

       Volunteering at the school is encouraged

Families are urged to consider these factors when considering if the Fundamental School Program would be a good choice for their family.

 

4)  Does my child have to be an “A” student?  NO!  A child will be successful if he or she is close to average in most areas and is willing to be responsible and work diligently. The kind of student who succeeds at the Fundamental School is one who can work independently, is focused on school and can handle a large volume of paperwork.

5)     How many hours do I have to volunteer at the school?  There are no requirements for volunteer time at the Fundamental Schools.  However, parent volunteering  plays a vital role in the success of the students.  There are many parent volunteers who together contribute thousands of hours of service each year, making this school a great success.  Opportunities to volunteer will vary from teacher to teacher.  There are also many PTA activities that would not be successful without volunteers. 

There is a requirement that parents support the goals and expectations of the Fundamental School and support the teacher in working with a student.  Parents are required to review student work, sign tests and assignment sheets and help teach children proper work habits and attitudes.  Parents are also expected to attend “Back-to-school Night”, the first quarter “Parent-Teacher Conferences”, Spring “Open House” and other conferences as requested by the teacher.

6)  Is there district transportation to the Fundamental School?  NO.  There is no district transportation available to the Fundamental Schools.

7)  How is it determined who attends Hollow Hills Fundamental and Vista Fundamental schools?  Parents may choose which school based on convenience and personal choice.  Parents of Kindergarten children may participate in only ONE LOTTERY. Applicants may only be on ONE WAITING LIST.