Let’s Ask Dr. Baum – A Day At School

Northeast Ohio Classical Academy (NEOCA) looks to Dr. David Baum as Head of School to address all questions related to the school and, most importantly, the classroom. Dr. Baum speaks from broad experience as a teacher and as an administrator. The school’s daily instructional and academic functions are under his direct supervision. Dr. Baum is happy to answer questions from the NEOCA family which includes all students, their parents, the teachers, staff, the NEOCA board members, and the community at large.

For our series “Let’s Ask Dr. Baum” we curate questions from parents through our Facebook page and from our Parent Info Nights.
Visit our FACEBOOK PAGE and send us your questions for future “Let’s Ask Dr. Baum” blog posts.

Q. What will a typical day be like for my child? Like: what time will school start, what is for lunch, will there be recess?

A. Oh! You are starting with the tough questions first! NEOCA is a brand-new school, and we are still working on all the details you are asking about. I will do the best I can to give you a general outline of the day: School will begin at 8:00 am. Children can begin arriving at the campus at 7:45 am. Our school day will begin with an assembly of all students in what we are calling “the Great Room,” where morning announcements will be shared following the pledge and a moment of silent reflection. We will also include some activities to get kids excited for the day, like a song or two and a student presentation on our month’s featured virtue. As for lunch, children can bring their lunch from home, or they can purchase lunch. Options for prepaid lunch plans are in the works. YES, to recess! A “recess period” or a time for supervised physical activity will be incorporated into the schedules of all children in K-5.

Q. What time does school let out and will there be after-school care at NECOA?

A. Our school day will end at 3:00. We are exploring after-school programs and while we have not made final decisions, we are hopeful that we will be able to provide options for our students and their families. There are plans for extracurricular activities in the works for the older children. And we are reaching out to partner with local after-school programs in the area, and certainly welcome any inquiries from after-school organizations that may be providing pick-up, drop-off, and after-hours care for children attending NEOCA.

Q. I want to see the new school and my child’s classroom. I have seen pictures and aerial views of the campus. I would like to see it in person. When do you think you will have an Open House so that parents can visit?

A. We are extremely excited to open our doors and welcome everyone in the community to see our campus and our facilities. The purchase of our future home at 137 Heritage Woods Drive in Copley, OH was finalized in December. Now, we have a lot of work to do to change the building into a school! The last tenants in the building were operating as a few different businesses housed in the 36,000-square-foot space. Walls need to be moved, and water, electrical, and technical wiring all need to be changed. It is a BIG job! We are looking at some time around spring for an open house (tentatively, we have scheduled April for our initial “hard-hat” open house when the school hopefully will be safe for visits but still under construction). Before that time, we will begin sharing our progress on our website and our Facebook page. Floor plans, architectural drawings, and framed-out interiors are all on the drawing board to be shared shortly, including pictures of the President of the Board, Bob Anthony, and me taking the first sledge-hammers to the building to launch the opening stage of reconstruction (and the most fun!) – the demolition! Stay tuned!

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