Calling Academy provides a highly stimulating environment for learners with high academic and character potential.
Calling Academy extends an invitation to any Grade 7 learners to apply for a place in the 2023 Grade 8 group or to any learners seeking placement in Grade 9 in 2023. Applications are also welcomed for the current school year.
HOW TO APPLY
- Complete application form (hard copy) that is available from the school office or can be printed from the website. The learner’s final report for Grade 6 must be included as well as a copy of the ID of at least one parent or guardian. In the case of learners with foreign passports, please also include a copy of the study permit.
- Complete the online application form. A copy of the learner’s final Grade 6 report and a copy of the ID of at least one parent or guardian must be uploaded. In the case of learners with foreign passports, please also upload a copy of the study permit.
The general admissions procedure for the Grade 8 group of 2023 is outlined below. The dates given here are provisional, due to the unpredictability with regards to the pandemic. Parents and learners are encouraged to get their applications in as soon as possible and wait for communication thereafter.
January: Application forms available online and at school. Applications open.
April: Open day held should regulations allow (Date to be confirmed). If not, parents can browse the school’s website for information.
30 June: Applications close.
July: Primary schools contacted for confidential character report.
End of July: Learners informed in which group they are:
- Group 1: Placement without interview and entrance exam
- Group 2: Learner must come for an interview and entrance exam
- Group 3: Not placed
Early August: Interviews and entrance exams with learners from Group 2.
August – November: Learners informed of placement.
NOTE: Late applications will be considered.
September – December: Accepted learners to pay a R500 deposit. This forms part of the school fee for 2023 and is not an extra amount.
The school has a formal admissions policy that is updated regularly. In brief, it reflects that:
- Academic and character potential are the main considerations for placement. The academic reports of learners and a possible entrance exam plus interview is used to ascertain the learner’s academic potential. Primary schools are contacted for a confidential character report on the applicant.
- The school is in the Fezile Dabi District and may give preference to learners from this area.
- The maximum class size is 30 in Grade 8 and 9 but the school may decide to deviate from this.
- The school is under no compulsion to accept a learner even if there is space in the school.
- If the applicant has a brother or sister at the school, this will count in favour of the application.
- Learners will not be denied placement in the school based on race or religious beliefs or physical disability.
The applications are processed by the school’s admin, Mrs Poloko Mosesi. The school principal assumes responsibility for the placement of the learners and may involve other members of staff to assist with judgement in borderline cases. The principal is accountable to the Board of Directors of Calling Education NPC in executing the Admissions Policy of the school.
APPEALS AND QUERIES
Parents may contact the school office to inquire regarding the progress of their child’s application or why their child’s application was declined. However, parents need to understand that places are limited and that those responsible for admissions conduct a thorough and sensitive process. The school undertakes to remain as objective as possible and maintains the right to admit learners according to its own judgement within the confines of the guidelines as set out above in the Admissions Policy. Parents may also lodge a written appeal to the school to reconsider the application. Parents of learners who were not accepted will be notified if a position for their child should open up. Such learners are also welcome to re-apply for the ensuing calendar year.
What sort of financial model makes high quality education available at a truly affordable fee? And can this be done sustainably? We believe that a deeper question first needs to be asked: who is responsible for funding high quality, low fee education in South Africa? The answer to this question determined the financial model of the school. There are a number of parties responsible and the school’s funding model is structured to allow them all the opportunity to contribute without asking any party more than what they can pay sustainably.
Calling Academy relies heavily on the government subsidy from the Free State Education Department and parents to pay their school fees. Apart from those two revenue streams, the school uses private funding in the form of learner partnerships and other funding to deliver the high quality education it is fast becoming known for.
The school fee for 2022 is R 6 420 per learner. The 2023 school fee has not been finalised but will see a minor increase from the current fee. A R 500 deposit must be paid in the year preceding the year of admission. This R500 is not a separate registration amount and counts as part of the school fee payment. The R500 deposit should only be paid if a learner is accepted into the school and not as part of the application process.
The balance of the school fee can be paid in one of the following ways:
- Once-off payment of the full amount before 1 March. There is no discount available for choosing this payment option.
- A monthly payment by debit order or EFT for 10 months. Cash payments are discouraged.
- A monthly payment by debit order or EFT for 12 months. Cash payments are discouraged.
- Parents are requested to pay by EFT or debit order. Cash deposits into the school bank account are strongly discouraged because of the cash handling fees that the school incurs.
- Cash payments at the school office are not preferred, but can be accepted should parents not be able to pay by EFT.
Take further note that:
- Seeing that the school has already raised significant private funding to ensure that all learners only have to pay a low fee, there are no further bursaries available.
- The school can provide parents with a letter to assist them to raise the school fees for their child.
- The school has a very basic feeding scheme consisting of Iwisa Porridge (first break) and bread (second break) with no extra cost involved.
- Textbooks are not provided by the school. Parents need to purchase them and take good care of them with the prospect of re-selling.
- The cost of the school uniform is excluded from the school fees.
- Transport for school activities and the activities themselves are included in the school fee. In the case of an extraordinary tour or event, parents may be required to cover their own costs.
- The tablets that the school provides are kept at school.
- Transport to and from school on school days are not included in the school fee.
School and registration fees need to be paid into the following account. No school or registration fees may be paid before a learner has been admitted to the school. Donations should not be paid to the following account:
SCHOOL BANK ACCOUNT
Calling Academy Kroonstad
First National Bank
Branch Code: 250655
Account Number: 62923693156
Reference: Name and Surname of learner