Admission

Welcome to Dorado Academy!!!

Thank you for your interest in Dorado Academy as an educational option for your child. I hope the following information will be helpful.

Dorado Academy is an independent, non-profit/nonsectarian, English language co-educational college preparatory school of the highest academic standards, established under the laws of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Our academic services extend from Pre-Kinder to 12th grade.

At every level, we are committed in offering an academic program that is balanced,  with exposure to creative pursuits, athletic endeavors and character building activities. Beyond this attention to academic and personal achievement, we work to reinforce the enduring values of honesty, respect, compassion, integrity and sportsmanship. Each student’s individual contribution, combined with our faculty’s unyielding enthusiasm and experience, makes the Dorado Academy experience a journey of a lifetime.

We are currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 and  2017-2018 academic school years. Please keep in mind that most applications are processed based on space availability. Although most of our information is available online; visiting the school is a special way of learning more about Dorado Academy and will give you an opportunity to ask the questions that are important to you.

Thank you for your interest in learning about Dorado Academy.

Warm regards,

Nancy Escabí,
Headmaster

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Contact Registrar/Admission

 

Ms.Millie Torres

Email: mtorres@doradoacademy.org

Phone Number: 787-796-2180

Enrollment Process

 

Enrollment Procedures/Admission Requirements

Requirements for New Students

  1. Application form and fee
  2. Picture “2×2”
  3. Immunization (p-vace-3) green form
  4. Physical and eye examination reports
  5. Original birth certificate
  6. Social security number
  7. Psychometric evaluation
  8. Entrance exam (1 – 12 grades)
  9. Official transcript from previous school – g.P.A. 2.50
  10. Letters of conduct and recommendation from previous school
  11. Payment history certification from previous school
  12. Interview (1-12 grades)
  13. Mandatory drug tests consent form (9th – 12th grades)
  14. Pre-kinder admission, the student must be 4 years old by september 1st.
  15. Pre-school screening (pre-kinder and kindergarten)

Suggestion:  Print this page and use it as a check list.

General Information:

  • Dorado Academy will supplies a list of books and uniforms. (Uniform Authority)
  • Books will be sold at the “Libreria Educativa, Rio Piedras” Or may be ordered online:www.libreriaeducativapr.com
  • Breakfast, snack and lunch are served daily in our school cafeteria. Meals may be purchased at the cafeteria.
  • School Hours: 7:40 A.M. to 2:00 P.M.
  • Office Hours: 7:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

NOTE:
The following is the order of priority of admission to Dorado Academy: Siblings, Children of Alumni, Children of Dorado del Mar residents and then all other applicants. All candidates must fulfill all entrance requirements established by our school. Admission to our school also depends on available spaces in each grade.

Enrollment in Dorado Academy for all students entering grades 9th – 12th are required to participate in our mandatory drug testing program.

 

Rules and Regulations

Our faculty and administration have prepared the following rules with the objective of facilitating cooperation and creating the proper environment for learning and creating the proper environment for learning.  It is not intended for students to only follow these rules, but to fully understand the reasons for them, accept them and be responsible for carrying them out

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 ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION INFORMATION
     A. REQUIREMENTS:

      Application Form and Fee

  • Application form and fee
  • Picture “2×2”
  • Immunization (p-vace-3) green form
  • Physical and eye examination reports
  • Original birth certificate
  • Social security number
  • Psychometric evaluation
  • Entrance exam (1 – 12 grades)
  • Official transcript from previous school – g.P.A. 2.50
  • Letters of conduct and recommendation from previous school
  • Payment history certification from previous school
  • Interview (1-12 grades)
  • Mandatory drug tests consent form (9th – 12th grades)
  • Pre-kinder admission, the student must be 4 years old by september 1st.
  • Pre-school screening (pre-kinder and kindergarten)

(Note: In grades 11th and 12th no new admissions are accepted)

B.  FEES:

Non-refundable Fees

  • Application Fee per student (one time charge).
  • Enrollment Fee per family (one time charge)
  • Building Fund Fee per family (annual fee per family)
  • Entrance Exam Fee per student (one time charge)
  • Registration Fee per student
  • Science Lab Fee per student grades 7-12
  • P.T.A. Fee per family

 

C. Graduation Fees:

Kindergarten, 8th and 12th  grades.

    Any other fee identified as essential for the educational process.

 

Payments are due the first of the month.  Any tuition or late charges not paid on time will be considered late and $20.00 late charge will be made after the 10th of the month.  Non-collectable fees will be charged $25.00 together with $10.00 late charge per student.

No Final exams, report cards, transcripts or access to Ed-line services will be given to the students/parents if any tuition and/or fees are owed.

 

WITHDRAWALS:

One month pro-rated tuition will be charged in the event of withdrawals.  For every transcript a $3.00 fee will be applied.

TRANSFERS OUT OF DORADO ACADEMY:

When a child is going to leave Dorado Academy; parents should notify the School in advance to allow time for the preparation of a transcript of the academic record and a letter of attendance and conduct.  The School will also return any original documents (birth certificates, health records, or records from other schools) presented when the child was first registered.

CHANGE OF SCHOOL:

Students withdrawn from Dorado Academy may be re-admitted only after complying with all requirements as for any new admission and with a positive recommendation from the school’s administration. (Note: In grades 11th and 12th no re-admissions will be accepted)

PAYMENTS:

Nonrefundable registration fee is due for each student at the time of registration.  The registration fee will reserve a seat for the student until May 1st.  With the total payment of the fees, the process of registration will be completed and the student will be guaranteed a seat.

All school fees are due on/before May 1st.  A late charge of 20% of the total amount will be charged after May 1st.

All fees and tuition payments of July and August must be paid before the school year begins, in order for the student to be permitted to attend classes in August.

The balance of the tuition may be paid according to one of the following plans:

PLAN A:  One full payment.  If this plan is selected a 5% DISCOUNT on tuition will be granted.

PLAN B:  Direct Debit payment through the bank.FUND-RAISINGTuition alone does not cover the cost of educating students and the cost of providing all of the other services.The most important sources of additional revenues for the school are the annual fund-raising activities and private donations.These activities take significant time and effort on the part of the volunteers and staff.  All parents and students are required to participate and support all fund-raising activities.

UNIFORMS:

The school uniform identifies the student with the School. It is required that each student uses his/her complete uniform while attending Dorado Academy. The homeroom teacher will revise it daily. Any student that attends school with part or no uniform must bring a written excuse from parents, otherwise the student will not be permitted to enter the School.

 

A. GIRLS UNIFORM:

Pre-K & Kinder
P.E. Uniform Light Blue T-Shirt with Navy Blue borders with school logo.
Navy Blue Shorts with school logo or shirt dress with shorts.

 

1st to 5th grades
French Blue Polo with khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Bermuda Pants, Khaki Long Pants, Khaki Capri Pants or Khaki Skirt with school logo.

 

6th to 11th grades
French Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Long Pants, Khaki Capri Pants or Khaki Skirt with school logo

 

12th grade (seniors)
Light Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Long Pants, Khaki Capri Pants or Khaki Skirt with school logo.

 

Pre-K to 12th Grades: White Socks, Sneakers

 

Note:  Only Solid Navy Blue Jackets with school logo are permitted.

All uniform skirt lengths must be no shorter than mid-knee.

 

B. BOYS UNIFORM:

 

Pre-K & Kinder
P.E. Uniform Light Blue T-shirt with navy blue borders and school logo
Navy Blue  Shorts with school logo

 

1st to 11th grades
French Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Bermuda Pants, or Khaki Long Pants with school logo.

 

12th grade (seniors)
Light Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Bermuda Pants, or Khaki Long Pants with school logo.

 

Pre-K to 12th Grades: White Socks, Sneakers

 

Note:  Only Solid Navy Blue Jackets with school logo will be permitted.

Belts:  Brown or Black
All pants and belts are to be worn at the waist, not at the hips.

 

C. P.E. UNIFORM (ALL GRADES):

  • P.E. Light Blue T-Shirt with Navy Blue borders with school logo
  • Navy Blue Shorts with school logo (Pre-K – 5th)
  • Long P.E. Pants with school logo (1st – 11th)
  • White Socks and Sneakers

(Please Note:  The P.E. long pants/shorts must have the school logo.  At the upper school P.E. long pants are to be worn only on P.E. days).

*All uniforms must be the official authorized school uniform with school logo from UNIFORM AUTHORITY.  No other uniform will be permitted to be worn to school.

 

D. PERSONAL APPEARANCE:

Every student is to be in complete uniform every day.  It is the responsibility of the parent/student  to see that the uniform is clean and in good condition.  Periodically there will be a check on personal appearance and uniforms.

Students are expected to dress modestly and act in a correct manner at all times, especially when wearing the school uniform (in or out of school).  Since they represent Dorado Academy, the students are responsible for the reputation of the school

 

HAIR:

The general principal of cleanliness, neatness, and simplicity should govern hair styles.  Boys  hair length should be no longer than the bottom of the ear lobe, off the back of the neck.  A neat hair cut is mandatory to contribute to good personal appearance.  Extremes in hair styles (unkempt, colored, bleached, unusually wild, pony tails, braids or “hair art”) shall not be permitted.  All decisions as to length and style shall be subject to the approval of the Headmaster and/ or Principal.

FACIAL HAIR:

Boys are to come to school clean shaved.

JEWELRY:
If worn, must be simple and in good taste as determined by the Headmaster and/or Principal. Visible body piercing, including (but not limited to) nose studs, tongue piercing and multiple ear piercing are not permitted. Boys must remove all earrings before entering school and are prohibited from wearing them during regular school hours.

JACKETS/SWEATERS:
Only Solid Navy Blue/Black Jackets/Sweaters will be permitted. (No brand names are permitted.)

HATS:

Hats/Caps/Head bans of any kind are not permitted.

OTHER:

Extremes in make-up, jewelry, hairstyles, etc. are not permitted.

ANY DRESS CODE VIOLATION WILL REQUIRE IMMEDIATE CORRECTION. STUDENTS WHO REFUSE TO COMPLY WITH THE UNIFORM CODE WILL BE DISCIPLINED ACCORDINGLY AND MAY RESULT IN DETENTION, SUSPENSION AND/OR SENT HOME AND LOSE THE RIGHT TO MAKE UP MISSED ACADEMIC WORK.

Final judgment regarding a student’s appearance will be at the discretion of the school’s administration.

 

All uniforms can be purchased from Olimac

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SCHOOL MAINTENANCE:

1.   Students are all expected to help keep their classrooms, halls and walk ways, playgrounds, rest rooms and lunch area clean.

2.   Writing or drawing on any school property, such as bulletin boards, desk, walls, etc. is considered damaging school property.

3.   Accidental damage must be reported to the Principal’s Office immediately.

4.   Littering, throwing papers or waste items on the floor or school grounds is considered a violation of the aesthetic atmosphere of the school and is considered property damage.

5.   Any accidental or intentional damage must be replaced by student/parent or charged to the student’s account.

RULES FOR STUDENT LOCKERS:

 Lockers are only for students in grades 6th – 12th.

 No lock, other than the Master Lock will be permitted to be used.

 The administration has the authority to open and check student lockers at any time.

 Only books and P.E. uniforms are to be kept in lockers.

 Keeping lockers clean will be the responsibility of the students.

 Students will be responsible for any damage done to the lockers.

 No food is to be kept in lockers.

 No writing or drawing on/in lockers.

 No stickers on/in lockers.

 Slamming of locker doors is not permitted

FIRST AID:

If the student feels sick, he/she should be sure to tell the teacher. If the illness requires more attention he/she will be asked to go to the First Aid Room. The School Nurse will provide simple first aid. The school nurse is not authorized to give any kind of medication.

Parents/legal guardians will be responsible for administering the students’ medication. Should the student have a chronic condition, we will require a medical certificate with instructions on how and when the medication should be administered and a signed release form. The prescription medication must be sent in the

original container from the pharmacy and include pharmacy label.

Under no circumstances is any student allowed to have medication in their possession. Students will be subject to disciplinary action if they share or give medication or drugs to other students.

If a student needs to go home or to be taken to the hospital, the School will notify the parent or guardian. Current emergency information must be on file for each student. It is the responsibility of the parent to inform the School of any change in this data.

 

SCHOOL ELEVATOR POLICY:

The School Elevator will be strictly used with a Key Control. The school elevator is for the use of injured and handicap persons, for transporting cargo to or from the second floor, emergencies and authorized personne

ATTENDANCE:

A. SCHOOL HOURS:

Pre–Kinder – 12th 7:40 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

 

B. HOMEROOM PERIOD:

Homeroom period is a very important part of every school day. All students must be present every day for Homeroom Period. It is strongly recommended that students go immediately to homeroom when they arrive at School. The warning bell rings at 7:40 a.m. All students must go immediately to their respective homerooms. Classroom doors will be closed when the 7:45 a.m. bell rings.

 

C. ABSENCES:

1. On the day a student is absent for any reason, the parent or guardian must call the school (796-4616, 796-2180 or fax 796-7398).

2. When a student returns to school after an absence, he/she must bring a written excuse giving the student’s name, date (s) of absence, and reason for the absence. Without the excuse, students may not be admitted to class.

3. Appointments with doctors, dentists, or other types of personal business should be scheduled after regular school hours or during school holidays or recesses.

4. Parents are advised to schedule their vacations, weekend trips, etc., so that they do not conflict with class days. School work

or exams will not be altered for vacations scheduled during class days. Students will receive a grade of Zero (O) for exams missed.

5. A student may be absent no more than eight days per semester unless the absence is caused by serious illness and verified by a doctor’s certificate. All class work, reports, tests, plus an equivalent amount of work for the number of class hours missed must be made up by the student.

6. Students will not be excused from school to attend student activities not authorized by the school. All students not participating in such activity must report to school. The school will take disciplinary action with the group of students involved

D. TARDIES:

Students are expected to arrive on time each day. The warning bell rings at 7:40 a.m. The late bell rings at 7:45 a.m. Anyone arriving late for the start of the school day must report to the principal’s office for a late slip. No student will be permitted into the classroom without a late slip.

No parent/guardian will be permitted to accompany their child to the classroom after the 7:45 a.m. late bell rings.

After five tardiest parents will meet with the Principal to find a solution to the problem. Five tardiest will be counted as an absent.

Any student arriving at or after 8:00 a.m. will not be permitted to attend the first classroom period.

The Principal reserves the right to reject any excuse for absence or lateness if the excuse does not represent an acceptable reason.

 

E. LEAVING CLASSES:

 

1. No student is to leave the classroom at any time without the permission of his/her teacher. This applies to the office, library, cafeteria, restrooms, and any other restricted area.

2. When a student is dismissed by a teacher during a regular period for any reason, he/she is to report immediately to the Office.

3. If a student cuts class, his/her parents will be notified. Disciplinary action will be enforced immediately. Any class missed must be made up after school hours.

 

F. LEAVING SCHOOL:

 

1. If it is necessary for a student to leave School early, the student must report to the Principal and the school will contact the parent for the necessary permission, otherwise, no student will be permitted to leave school before dismissal time.

2. In case of early dismissal, a letter from the parent is required before the student can leave the school.

3. Parents who come to take their child out of school before dismissal, must go to the office and sign the early dismissal form.

4. In case of sickness or any other emergency, the school will call the parents for authorization of the early dismissal.

5. No student may leave the school during school hours to make preparations for a class or class activities.

6. The last period of the day which begins at 1:10 p.m. may not be interrupted by parents for early dismissal, parents must wait until regular dismissal at 2:00 p.m.

G.       LUNCH:

1.   The school schedule provides a lunch period each day.

2.   Students may purchase the foods available in the cafeteria or they may bring their own lunch from home.  Weekly or monthly lunch tickets may be purchased.

3.    Students may not purchase or have lunch delivered to the school by outside food venders.

4.    All students must eat their lunch in the cafeteria.  Each class will be responsible for leaving the tables and area clean.

5.    No food may be taken into the library or classrooms.

6.    Any parties or celebrations must be held during recess or last period and only with the permission of school authorities.

7.     Students are to clean up the area they use for recess, and be on time for their next class of the day.

 

H.      TELEPHONES:

 

Cellular/Wireless Telephones are prohibited from use by all students during school hours (7:40 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.). Should an emergency arise, the student may call from the Principal’s, guidance or main office.

Telephone messages will not be given to students except in the case of a real emergency.

If a student is found using a cellular/wireless telephone, a staff member has the right to confiscate the device and give it to the Principal/Director. The student must claim his/her device at 2:00 p.m. that day from the Principal/Director. If a second offense is committed, the Principal will hold the device until a meeting with the parents/guardians is arranged.

 

I.      TRANSPORTATION:

Parents are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements.

BOOKS:

Parents are responsible for the purchasing of textbooks and workbooks for the school. Parents will receive a book list and will be notified of the dates on which the books will be on sale.  Textbooks will be evaluated periodically and changed or revised according to the necessity of keeping the schools curriculum updated.

1.        Each student is responsible for having and taking care of all materials necessary for class.

2.        Each student should write his/her name in the inside cover of all his/her books.

3.        Books are not to be left on the floor or hallways at any time.

4.        Book bags are not to be left unattended at any time.

5.        To borrow without permission or to damage another student’s books, constitutes theft and destruction of property.  

 

DISCIPLINE & CONDUCT

A.      GENERAL RULE

The School reserves the right to implement reasonable discipline measures to fit the needs of each child.  It is impossible to provide the right climate for learning without using corrective discipline where needed.  A cooperative attitude on the part of the parents as well as the student is imperative.  Each teacher is expected to handle as many discipline problems as possible in the classroom.  When the teacher has exhausted his/her means in the classroom, the child is sent to the office with a written explanation.  The following actions will be taken in relation to office discipline:

1.          First Offense:  The student will discuss the problem with the guidance counselor or principal.

2.          Second Offense:  A letter will be sent to the parents giving them time to appear and an opportunity to help in corrective discipline on behalf of his/her child.

3.          Third Offense:  The student will be suspended and all school work will be graded F” in all classes.  Suspensions are not intended to be vacations.  Parents are expected to continue the disciplinary action at home, and may ask for a meeting with the administration of the school.

4.          Fourth Offense:  The student will be permanently expelled.

WARNING:  Some discipline problems may demand an immediate suspension, doing away with the usual process.  The office will take any necessary action and require the parent’s immediate presence.

B.        PERSONAL CONDUCT

1. Each student is responsible for his/her personal property. The school does not assume any obligation covering such items or any other expensive item brought to school.

2. Kindness, courtesy and respect toward adults and student are demanded at all times.

3. Students are expected to act like ladies/gentlemen at all times, shouting, screaming, “fooling a round”, running through the halls, improper language, etc; will not be tolerated.

4. To insure a clean and safe environment for all, students are not permitted to consume any food, candy and/or beverages in the classroom without the expressed permission of the teacher of that classroom. Should any of the mentioned items be consumed in the classroom, it is the student’s responsibility to clean up any garbage or spills created.

5. Students are not to bring chewing gum, candy, comic books, or any other publications for the purpose of selling or distributing these items in school, except for official school fundraising activities.

6. If students bring to school radios, video games, tape recorders, walk-mans, PSP, Game Boys, I-pods, etc, if these items are broken, misplaced or stolen, the school will not be held responsible.

7. Students are to show respect for the feelings, rights, and property of others in the school community.

8. Students are expected to act responsibly. This means being self disciplined, acting in the best interest of one’s self and of others.

9. Students are expected to treat School property with respect. This includes desks, lockers, grounds, lavatories, library books, textbooks, and materials, etc. The care, protection, and maintenance of school property is the responsibility of every student.

10. Students and their parents will be held responsible for damage to school property or to the property of others.

11. The school’s administration will immediately take action with those students which are referred to the office because of failure to comply with the rules and for exhibiting behavior which does not enable the normal process of the classroom.

 

C.       COLLABORATION WITH THE CLASSROOM PROCESS

1. Students collaborate by bringing the materials and work assigned, being prepared, and participating actively.

2. Students must work on assigned tasks during class periods.

3. A student may leave the classroom only if the teacher or a school official has granted permission.

4. Students must do their own work originally and individually. COPIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED.

5. Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and will not be tolerated. Copies will not be accepted in lieu of original work. Cheating during a quiz or an examination is also a serious violation of these rules and will not be tolerated.

6. Students are allowed only three or four minutes when they are excused to use the bathroom, the cafeteria, and the office.

The Principal reserves the right to determine the seriousness of the infractions or violations of the above mentioned rules and regulations, and will determine the penalty or punishment administered.

D.       SPORTS

Students who play on school teams represent Dorado Academy in games/tournaments in/outside the school. We consider this a privilege and an honor. We expect the student to maintain the following requirements:

1. Maintain an excellent conduct record.

2. Maintain a minimum general academic average of 2.50 (B).

3. Attending practices is a requirement. No more than four (4) absences are accepted.

4. Arriving on time to games and practices is required.

5. Kindness, respect and courtesy towards the team’s coach, team members and opposing team is required at all times.

6. Any violation of the above requirements must demand immediate suspension from the team.

7. All uniforms must be returned to the coach immediately the season ends of each particular sport.

 

E.      AFTER SCHOOL DETENTION

Any student who does not maintain proper behavior during a regular classroom period or during recess or lunch time will have fifty (50) minutes of detention after the dismissal bell rings.

Eating or drinking during a class period, cutting classes, abusive or obscene language or gestures, etc. are reasons for after school detention.

    F.       IN-HOUSE SUSPENSION

If the student shows a very serious discipline problem the school’s administration will have the option to apply “In-house Suspension” for that student which will require school community services.  He/she must help in the cafeteria, library or school maintenance during regular or after school hours.

 

POLICY ON ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, AND OTHER DRUGS 

A.      DESCRIPTION

Dorado Academy is totally committed to providing a healthy and secure environment free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs through the following:

1.   The selling, manufacture, possession, consumption, and/or the distribution of illegal drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, crack, heroin, etc., prescription drugs without medical authorization is totally prohibited on the grounds of Dorado Academy and/or at officially sponsored school activities off school grounds.

2.   Smoking on school grounds before during or after school hours or at any officially sponsored school activity is prohibited for all students and adults.

3.   The selling, distribution or consumption of alcoholic beverages and tobacco is prohibited at all fund raising activities on or off school grounds held by classes or student groups of Dorado Academy.

4.   Fund raising and other activities that are not sponsored by the school, but are sponsored by parents will be the sole responsibility both socially and legally of the parents involved.  The name of Dorado Academy may not be used for contracting services

B.      EDUCATION AND PREVENTION

Dorado Academy recognizes that the best solution to alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs used by the students is its prevention through education and proactive prevention activities.  The school through it’s guidance counselor and community resources and in accordance to its resources and capabilities, will offer its students, parents, faculty, and administrative personnel educational prevention activities which will enhance the continual development of a healthy and secure learning environment free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

C.      DISCIPLINARY ACTION

Students of Dorado Academy will be subject to the following disciplinary measures in relation to violations of the rule and regulations regarding the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.

Step 1:  Depending on the seriousness of the of the case, the Guidance Counselor and/or School Principal together with the student and his/her parents will discuss the facts involved in a confidential meeting.

Step 2:  The student and his/her parents will be formally advised either verbally or in writing of the charges involved and the evidence to sustain the charges.

The School reserves the right to immediately suspend or expel the student if the offense warrants it.

The student with his/her parents will participate in an administrative hearing with the school principal and/or school counselor and/or other individuals such as teachers and/or health professionals, as deemed necessary, to evaluate the situation and offer pertinent recommendation.

Dorado Academy, through its guidance counselor, will still offer the student and his/her family assistance in finding help and referral for rehabilitation, if the student and his/her family desire it.

OTHER REASONS FOR SUSPENSION OR EXPULSION 

The administration of Dorado Academy considers the following behavior a possible cause for suspension and/or expulsion.

1. Carrying, possessing, distributing, or selling, whether in school or outside of the school premises any type of material or objects (i.e. guns, knives, drugs, pornographic material, etc;) forbidden by any Puerto Rican or Federal Law, or considered harmful to the spiritual, mental or physical health of any student.

2. Cheating during an examination or quiz, give league, assistance or conspiring to commit cheating; plagiarism or any work submitted to a teacher for a grade.

3. Stealing, fighting or any form of violence, including continual use of abusive or obscene language or gestures.

4. Activities or conduct, whether on or outside of school grounds, against the philosophy of the school or damaging to the reputation of the school.

5. Cutting classes or being absent without a justified reason to any class period. Attendance at all classes is mandatory.

6. Disrespectful behavior with peers, teachers, principal, director, school employees, parents or any person having any relation with the school.

7. Leaving the school premises without written permission from parents and authorization from school principal or director.

8. The school reserves the right to expel any student convicted of a felony.

9. Bullying is strictly forbidden. This type of conduct is considered a serious deviation from the behavior we expect from our students and immediate disciplinary action will be taken.

10. A student who has been suspended for three times during the regular school year will be permanently expelled.

11. Student group activities outside of school during school hours not authorized by the school. All students not participating in such activity must report to school. Immediate disciplinary action will be taken.

12. Entering the school premises before/after school hours without authorization from school principal or director will result in immediate disciplinary action by school/local authorities.

SECURITY MEASURES

Dorado Academy reserves the right to implement strict security measures in order to reduce the risk of problems associated with the use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs, as well as theft and violence.

These security measures include, but are not limited to the following:

1.   The right to search student book bags, hand bags, lockers, or any other type of bag on school grounds or officially sponsored school activities celebrated off school grounds when there is reasonable doubt to verify the possession of alcohol, tobacco, and/or other drugs or stolen property.

2.   Dorado Academy could also use other means of detection of the presence of possession of drugs.

HARASSMENT POLICY

The School does not tolerate ethnic and/or sexual harassment.

Ethnic harassment is an unwanted hostile or offensive act or expression against an individual or a group relating to color, race religion, nationality, ethnic or national origins.

Sexual harassment is unwanted conduct of a sexual nature affecting the dignity of an individual or a group.  Sexual harassment includes but not limited to any unwelcome sexual advances, comments, innuendoes, or contact that substantially creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment.

Any member of the school community who experiences or witnesses any type of harassment or inappropriate behavior is to report it immediately to the School’s Principal or Director.  The School will conduct a thorough investigation.   The School will respect the particular sensitivity and confidentiality of the complaints, and will protect the rights of the person making the complaint, the alleged harasser and the possible victim.

The School will take the necessary disciplinary actions with the alleged harasser and seek   professional help by a specialist trained in dealing with harassment.

A.      PARTIES

The school celebrates major holidays with parties.  Birthday parties must be celebrated at the end of the month on casual day during at the last period of the school day.  The principal must authorize any other type of celebration or activity.

B.      VISITORS

All visitors to the school must go to the Administration Office.  Visitors are not permitted to meet with a student or pass through the premises without the authorization of the principal or director.

C.      FIELD TRIPS

Field trips are to be educational experiences and are not intended to be excursions purely for amusement.  Teachers will need and appreciate the help of parent volunteers as chaperons.  Before the field trip, each parent must sign a field trip permission slip and return it to school immediately.  If a student has not returned the signed permission slip, he/she will not be allowed to participate in the in the field trip.

School uniform required on all field trips unless authorized by the principal or director.

D.      CASUAL DAY

Jeans are permitted as long as they are not torn or shredded.  T-shirts are permitted but may not display inappropriate logos or deigns.  Beach wear, shorts, see-through or transparent apparel, strapless blouses, tank tops and bare backs and stomach (belly buttons) are not permitted.  Dresses and skirts should not be shorter than 2″ above the knee.

Students participating in casual day are expected to dress modestly.  Middle/High school students may not wear shorts or mini dresses/skirts shorter than 2″ above the knee.

Preschool students participating in casual day pay 50 cents.  Elementary, Middle and High school students pay $1.00 (one dollar).  The money collected is donated to graduating classes or to the school improvement fund.

Inappropriate attired students must change their clothing.

E.       STUDENT ACTIVITIES

All student activities must be authorized by the administration. All student fundraising activities must be authorized by the School Director.

Please Note: The above activities are privileges and in order for students to obtain these privileges they must follow all rules and regulations and proper norms of discipline. Otherwise activities will not be granted.

Dorado Academy does not permit “Reggaeton Music” at any party on school premises or live “reggaeton” performances during the Junior Prom because of the following reasons:

1. Some “reggaeton” groups/songs use obscene, vulgar and coarse words.

2. During live presentations it is difficult to control the performance and content of these songs. As an institution committed with highest standard of education, it is our responsibility to assure that our students are not exposed to situations that we understand are not positive to their educational growth.

3. To safeguard the enjoyment of our families and guests during this event the school considers inappropriate this kind of performance. The school understands that some of them may consider offensive this kind of performance.

4. “Reggeaton” songs that do not contain obscene, vulgar and co

GRADES AND PROMOTION POLICIES

A.      MARKING SYSTEM

Students who receive a “D” or “F” grade in one major subject must attend summer school and receive a minimum grade of C.

Students who receive a “F” grade in two major subjects at the end of the 4th quarter will not be promoted to the next grade. Students who receive a “D” grade in three major subjects at the end of the 4th quarter will not be promoted to the next grades.

A student failing one of the minor subjects will be recommended to make up this course in a summer program if one is available.

Students in grades 8th and 12th who are failing and promotion is in doubt, the student may not participate in Pin or Ring Ceremonies.

The school reserves the right to evaluate each retention case individually and make appropriate recommendations to the students’ legal guardians.

The marking system used for measuring student’s academic progress is as follows:

3.50 – 4.00 A 90 – 100
2.50 – 3.49 B 80 – 89
1.60 – 2.49 C 70 – 79
0.08 – 1.59 D 60 – 69
0.00 – 0.79 F 59 & below

Major subjects are: English, Spanish, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies.

Minor subjects are:  Art, Music, Physical Education, French, and Computers.

Students who maintain a grade of straight A’s in the subject during the entire semester will be excused from the final exam.

 

B.  PRINCIPAL/HONOR ROLL

Students who qualify for the Principal’s Roll must have a 4.0 academic average.  This includes grades in English, Spanish, Math, Social Studies, and Science.  Grades in the elective courses are not calculated into the academic average, but all elective courses must obtain a passing grade.

Students who qualify for the Honor Roll must have an academic average of 3.50 to 3.99. This includes grades in English, Spanish, Math, Social Studies, and Science.  Grades in the electives courses are not calculated in the academic average, but all electives courses must obtain a passing grade.

A student is not eligible for Principal’s Role or Honor Role with a failing grade in any subject.

C.  PROGRESS REPORTS

Progress reports are sent four times a year, usually during the fourth or fifth week of each quarter.

The purpose of the Progress Report is:

1. To inform parents mid way during the marking period of their child’s academic and behavior progress.

2. To inform parents of possible failures.

3. To request parent/teacher conference before the end of the marking period.

Parents are required to sign the progress report and return it to the homeroom teacher.

If the students lowers his/her academic average after the progress reports have been sent home, the school has no responsibility to send an extra report. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of his/her academic progress in each subject.

Any student with less than a minimum academic average of 1.60 (C average) will be put on academic probation. This may affect his/her return to Dorado Academy for the following semester, next school year and graduation.

(Note: All new students are automatically placed on probation during their first semester at Dorado Academy)

D. ED-LINE

Ed-line is a Learning Community Management System that provides feedback or student progress, posts student grades, curriculum information and class assignments.

It is important that parents visit the school’s registrar’s office to receive their own private Ed-line access code. Ed-line gives you direct access to your child’s important instructional information.

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled twice a year during Report Card days. During the regular school year parents who wish to meet with their child’s teacher can do so by requesting an appointment through the main office.

Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity to learn more about the student. You can both use the time to share important information to help your child succeed in school. The key to a successful conference, is two-way communication. By exchanging information, parents and teachers can set the stage for a great school year.

Talk to your child before you attend the conference. Ask what he/she would like you to talk about with the teacher. Ask what he/she thinks the teacher will say. Ask about the things he/she likes and doesn’t like, his/her problems and successes. Let them know that after the conference, you will discuss with him/her what the teacher said.

Here are some suggestions of questions that you might want to ask your child’s teacher:

 What is being covered in this grade or subject this year?

 What are your expectations for homework? Has your child missed any assignments?

 How are my child’s work habits? Does he/she use time well?

 Does my child read at the level you would expect for this grade?

 Is my child able to do the math you would expect for students in this grade?

 Does my child get along well with others?

 Does my child cooperate in class and follows directions?

 What can I do at home to help my child be more successful at school?

During the conference keep an open mind. Remember that both you and the teacher want to help your child succeed. Don’t forget to ask to see your child’s work. Ask the teacher to explain anything you don’t understand. Ask for the best way to contact the teacher. (E-mail or Phone)

Procedures for parents/guardians who have exhausted his/her means with the teacher/s:

– Request an appointment with the school principal and guidance counselor, and if the results are not to your satisfaction,

– Request an appointment with the School Director

– Contacting the School’s Board of Trustees should be your last resort after you have exhausted all the above.

Please note: At no time should any hint of disagreement or disharmony among parents and teachers be displayed in front of students or others. With respect and courtesy situations can be heard and resolved.

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS 

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS – 24 Credits

4 English
4 Spanish
4 Social Studies (Western Civilization I, II,
Puerto Rican History, U.S. History)
4 Math
4 Science
1.5 Physical Education
.5 Health
2 Electives
ADVANCED PLACEMENT – Senior Year
English, Spanish and Math
ELECTIVE COURSES
Psychology, Computers, Art, Music and Sociology.
ACADEMIC GRADUATION AWARDS

High Honor Award: Both 8th and 12th grade graduating students must obtain a 3.75 – 4.00 academic average throughout their entire middle or high school years in all classes.

Honor Award:  Both 8th and 12th grade graduating students must obtain a 3.50 – 3.74 academic average throughout their entire middle or high school years in all classes.

Academic Subject Medals: Graduating students must obtain a 4.00 GPA in that specific academic subject during their entire middle or high school years.

Presidential Awards: Are given to both High Honor and Honor students who have a GPA average of 3.50 – 4.00 during their entire middle or high school years.

 

 

NOTIFICATION OF EMERGENCY

SCHOOL CLOSING

If for any reason Dorado Academy must suspend classes, parents will be notified as quickly as possible.  Notification of school closing will be carried out by means of telephone chains organized through the parents and teachers of each class or bulletins transmitted by radio stations WKAQ, WOSO and T.V. station Channel 11’s local news program. 

 

 

STUDENT RECORDS AND INFORMATION

No information from student records, files, or other data directly related to a student shall be disclosed to individuals or agencies outside of authorized school administrative personnel of Dorado Academy without the written consent from a parent or guardian, receipt of a court order or by authority of statute.

 

ALL PARENTS MUST FILL OUT AND RETURN THE ATTACHED FORM VERIFYING THAT THESE RULES AND POLICIES HAVE BEEN READ AND UNDERSTOOD.

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 The Administration reserves the right to make any regulation changes and/or corrections to the school’s disciplinary policy whenever it is deemed necessary.

Any violation of the above stated rules may result in loss of: exams and make up work privileges, awards, Honor Society, participation in sport teams, school and student activities, college recommendations, promotion to the next grade and/or graduation.

Dorado Academy
P.O. Box 969
Dorado, P.R. 00646
787-796-2180, 787-796-4616
Fax: 787-796-7398
Webpage: www.doradoacademy.org

 

        We have received and have carefully read the Rules and Regulations of Dorado Academyand agree with all dispositions stated.

Dress Code

UNIFORMS

The school uniform identifies the student with the School. It is required that each student uses his/her complete uniform while attending Dorado Academy.  The homeroom teacher will check the uniform daily. Any student that attends school with partial or no uniform must bring a written excuse from parents, otherwise the student will not be permitted to enter the School.

Why do we wear uniforms?

We have rules of dress for our students to instill a sense of belonging and pride for our student body. Our uniforms also serve to eliminate any appearance of socioeconomic class structure so that all can feel comfortable within the learning community. As well, students are taught discipline and the need to follow rules and regulations, so necessary in a civilized society.

GIRLS UNIFORM:

Pre-K & Kinder
P.E. Uniform Light Blue T-Shirt with Navy Blue borders with school logo.
Navy Blue Shorts with school logo or shirt dress with shorts.

 

1st to 5th grades
French Blue Polo with khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Bermuda Pants, Khaki Long Pants, Khaki Capri Pants or Khaki Skirt with school logo.

 

6th to 11th grades
French Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Long Pants, Khaki Capri Pants or Khaki Skirt with school logo

 

12th grade (seniors)
Light Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Long Pants, Khaki Capri Pants or Khaki Skirt with school logo.

 

Pre-K to 12th Grades: White Socks, Sneakers

 

Note:  Only Solid Navy Blue Jackets with school logo are permitted.

All uniform skirt lengths must be no shorter than mid-knee.

 

BOYS UNIFORM:

 

Pre-K & Kinder
P.E. Uniform Light Blue T-shirt with navy blue borders and school logo
Navy Blue  Shorts with school logo

 

1st to 11th grades
French Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Bermuda Pants, or Khaki Long Pants with school logo.

 

12th grade (seniors)
Light Blue Polo with Khaki borders with school logo.
Options: Khaki Bermuda Pants, or Khaki Long Pants with school logo.

 

Pre-K to 12th Grades: White Socks, Sneakers

 

Note:  Only Solid Navy Blue Jackets with school logo will be permitted.

Belts:  Brown or Black
All pants and belts are to be worn at the waist, not at the hips.

 

P.E. UNIFORM (ALL GRADES):

  • P.E. Light Blue T-Shirt with Navy Blue borders with school logo
  • Navy Blue Shorts with school logo (Pre-K – 5th)
  • Long P.E. Pants with school logo (1st – 11th)
  • White Socks and Sneakers

(Please Note:  The P.E. long pants/shorts must have the school logo.  At the upper school P.E. long pants are to be worn only on P.E. days).

*All uniforms must be the official authorized school uniform with school logo from UNIFORM AUTHORITY.  No other uniform will be permitted to be worn to school.

 

PERSONAL APPEARANCE

Every student is to be in complete uniform every day. It is the responsibility of the parent/student to see that the uniform is clean and in good condition.

Periodically there will be a check on personal appearance and uniforms. Students are expected to dress modestly and act in a correct manner at all times, especially when wearing the school uniform (in or out of school). Since they represent Dorado Academy, the students are responsible for the reputation of the school.

 

HAIR:

The general principal of cleanliness, neatness, and simplicity should govern hair styles.  Extremes in hair styles (unkempt, colored, bleached, unusually wild, pony tails or braids on boys) are not permitted.  Long hair on boys is not permitted.

 

FACIAL HAIR:

Boys are to come to school shaved and no mustaches or beards are permitted.

 

JEWELRY:

If worn, must be simple and in good taste. No nose studs and tongue piercing are permitted.  Earrings on boys are not permitted.

 

JACKETS/SWEATERS: 

Only the Navy Blue School Jacket with emblem will be permitted.HATS: Hats of any kind are not permitted.

 

OTHER:

Extremes in make-up, etc. are not permitted.

 

ANY DRESS CODE VIOLATION WILL REQUIRE IMMEDIATE CORRECTION.
STUDENTS WHO DO NOT COMPLY WITH THE UNIFORM CODE MAY BE SENT HOME AND LOSE THE RIGHT TO MAKE UP MISSED ACADEMIC WORK.

Final judgment regarding a student’s appearance will be at the discretion of the school administration.

All uniforms can be purchased from Olimac

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Code of Conduct

I will:

  • Treat everyone with courtesy and respect.
  • Treat personal and school property with respect.
  •  Be safe and maintain a safe environment for others.
  •  Come to school prepared to learn.
  • Not interfere with the learning of others.
  • Act responsibly and accept consequences for my actions.

Dismissal

See “Rules and Regulations”

Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements (24 Credits)

  • 4 – English
  • 4 – Spanish
  • 4 – Social Studies
    • World History/Western Civilization I &II
    • Puerto Rican History
    • U.S. History
  • 4 – Math
  • 4 – Science
  • 1.5 – Physical Education
  • .5 – Health
  • 2 – Additional Courses
    • Psychology
    • Computer
    • Art
    • Music
    • Sociology

 

Grading System

3.50 – 4.00 A 90 – 100
2.50 – 3.49 B 80 – 89
1.60 – 2.49 C 70 – 79
0.08 – 1.59 D 60 – 69
0.00 – 0.79 F 59 & below