School community is highly valued at IAA and we intentionally create experiences for students and families to build relationships, have fun, and serve their community.
On the Thursday before the new school year begins in August, we hold an open house and lunch to welcome enrolled students and their families. Open house is an opportunity for us to get to know new students and welcome back former students and their families. Parents also meet with their children’s teachers to discuss topics relevant to the upcoming school year.
A favorite among the students are the school dances, which are held once in the fall and again in the spring. We rent a dance hall in the community that provides the dance floor, music and refreshments.
Working with Charlotte Rescue Mission, students, families and staff bring in canned and boxed food and raise money to help support Charlotte’s families in need.
In the fall, students and staff celebrate Spirit Week. Students pick a theme for each day and everyone dresses in accordance with that theme. For example, Monday might be 1920s Day, Tuesday might be ͞Pajamas Day and Wednesday might be Sports Day.
School Picture Day
On school picture day, a photographer takes pictures of each student and class. The photographer then sends the developed pictures to us to review. These photos are available to students and families to purchase.
During the week, students earn Fun Friday time in increments of 10 minutes. Fun Friday is from 2 to 2:50 p.m. and consists of games, sports and other activities that students enjoy.
On certain weeks, Fun Friday includes Birthday Friday, Grill Friday and Pizza Friday. On Birthday Friday, the school celebrates each student’s birthday that falls within that month and a staff member bakes a treat for everyone. On Grill Friday, an assigned classroom prepares a lunch for everyone; some or all of which is cooked on the outdoor grill. On Pizza Friday, pizza is delivered to the school.
Twice a year, in the fall and spring, the school takes a field trip. In the past, these field trips have included visits to Discovery Place, Levine Museum of the New South, Historic Brattonsville and Charlotte Knights Stadium.
Shortly before the Thanksgiving holiday, the student council hosts a pie sale. They advertise the sale, take orders, collect money, then bake and distribute people’s favorite pies (including apple, pecan, and pumpkin!)
On the last day of school, Ignite Achievement Academy hosts a field day where students and staff have fun playing outdoor games, competing in contests and having a picnic.
Also on the last day of school, Ignite Achievement Academy hosts a graduation ceremony for our seniors. Following the ceremony is a reception during which we serve punch and cake and mingle with students, their families and relatives.