Here we provide the answers to common questions about the Delphi Program. If you do not find your question and answer here, please drop us a line and we will gladly get back to you.

When can a student enroll in Delphi Academy?

Qualified students may enroll at any time throughout the summer and academic school year, space permitting. Most students start in August, January or June. For students interested in the coming academic year, we recommend starting with summer camp for a fun transition into the Delphi Program.

What happens on a child’s Visiting Day?

Students spend a day in the classroom, participate in class activities and are assessed for academic placement and Delphi Program readiness during their Visiting Day. For younger students entering Kindergarten or 1st grade, teachers observe if the child is ready for school – can they follow directions from the teacher, participate in activities and are they ready and eager to be a student? The Lower School Dean also meets with the student for basic testing to see how much the child already knows to ensure they are correctly placed.

Older students are evaluated on an individual basis for academic placement and Delphi Program readiness. Ideally, the student is academically working at or above grade level, conducts themselves well and is keen to learn. Based on the results of these assessments, and assuming the student is not seriously behind academically, he or she would be considered for enrollment.

How young can a student be to enroll in your program?

Students may begin Kindergarten at Delphi as early as four years old.  Readiness is determined during what is usually a one-day evaluation where the child spends the day in the classroom and is assessed on his/her ability to follow directions, participate in a classroom environment and personal interest in the program. The child also meets with the Lower School Dean for academic assessment for placement in reading and math levels and to determine if the child is ready for the Delphi Program.​

What if we are transferring from another school?

When applying to Delphi from another school, the application form with photo, student records and a recommendation from their current classroom teacher are required. The application includes parent statements, a student essay and basic information about the child. The usual application procedure, including a tour of the school by parents and a student Visiting Day with testing, interview and assessment are part of the transfer application.

How does placement work?

Delphi students advance based on demonstrated mastery of subject material rather than by age or time spent at one level, so each student is individually evaluated and placed in the class that is right for them. Transfer students are evaluated, then given a complete, custom-designed academic program. Students move through these programs as rapidly as they are learning and demonstrating competence. Even a Kindergarten student may have a personalized program if, for example, they are advanced in reading or math and should be placed further ahead in certain subjects. 

Do you have a program for the gifted student?

We do not have a program that isolates gifted students from others. However, we do offer Honors programs for Levels 4 – 8 for students that can handle extra challenges and rigors. In general, the Delphi Program is particularly well-suited to the bright child because it allows students to advance as rapidly as they are learning and demonstrating competence. 

Do you accept students with "behavior problems" or "learning disabilities?"

We do not have a program to handle children with serious problems. Sometimes, children are mislabeled or are simply in an educational program that is not suitable for them. For some of these children, our basic teaching method and study techniques are all that are required to get the student back on track. The Delphi Program is rigorous and demands a certain amount of ability to study independently, to set goals and to work with others, so we try to be as accurate as possible during the Visiting Day assessment to determine if a child will be able to succeed at Delphi.

I see you mention L. Ron Hubbard in your materials. Who is he and what does he have to do with Delphi Academy?

L. Ron Hubbard was an American philosopher and educator who extensively researched the field of learning and identified barriers to study that individuals face when trying to learn something new. A simple example of his recommended objectives and emphasis in education can be seen in this quote from a Delphi teacher training manual:

"In educating children, one wants to keep in mind these objectives:
help them build useful skills and abilities

    - make study and learning seem desirable, and

    - open the world of knowledge to them."

In our goal to educate and empower students to gain competence, confidence and true understanding, we employ study methodologies from L. Ron Hubbard.

Is this a religious school?

No. Delphi Academy is an independent, non-sectarian school open to all students and families, irrespective of their personal faiths and beliefs. While many people are familiar with Mr. Hubbard as an author and founder of the religion of Scientology, the school only utilizes his secular, educational writings. While it is a common misconception to assume that Delphi Academy is a religious school, the school's policy is one of respect for the religious beliefs of others and nothing of a religious nature is required of students or families.

Delphi Academy seeks to celebrate the cultural backgrounds represented in our student body and to educate students about the various heritages and customs of different cultures. However, matters of religion and any child's questions about religion, God or aspects of a spiritual nature are directed back to the parents for answering. The school considers religion to be a personal choice of the family and does not advocate any specific doctrine of faith, worship or belief. Rather, we seek to educate students to appreciate and respect their own and others' spiritual choices.

How do you view the role of parents in a child's education?

We see parent involvement as vital. Joining Delphi Academy means becoming part of a close-knit, family-oriented community. In a sense, you have invited the school into your family, and we are aware of the trust and partnership that implies. Your active participation and communication with the school regarding your child's education is considered essential to the young learner’s success.

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