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To view your balance, make payments, update your personal information, or chat with a live representative, access your Blackbaud Tuition Management account at parent.blackbaud.school.
Blackbaud Tuition Management makes it easy for you to:
- Select a payment method that works best for you
- Choose to receive a monthly invoice, or
- Set up recurring automatic payments from your bank account or credit card
- Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express are accepted
- Access your account online
- Review account history, transaction details, and print monthly invoices
- Edit your contact information, password, and payment method
- Make a payment or set up recurring payments
- Receive payment and follow up reminders
- For recurring payments, a reminder is emailed 7-10 days before the due date
- For missed payments and outstanding balances you will receive an email and phone call
- Speak with a customer service representative
- Families can access their accounts to check balances and make payments 24/7
- Spanish speaking representatives are available
- Call toll free to make payments at 888-868-8828
Day Student FAQ
Do day students need to attend Morning Meeting? Yes, attendance is required at the Morning Meetings. Morning Meeting occurs at 8:45 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Even if a student has a free period, he is required to be at morning meeting.
Do day students need to attend weekend events?
Yes, attendance is required at Community Life and Special Programs (usually on Saturday mornings).
Can my day student go off-campus for lunch?
No, all students are required to attend lunch on campus. Oftentimes announcements are made at the end of the lunch period.
When can day students leave for the day?
Day students may not leave campus until all obligations are met including athletics unless expressly excused by the Dean of Students Office.
If leaving campus for any reason, including early dismissal or medical appointment, students must check out using the School Suite Application.
Where is day student parking?
Day students are asked to park in the rear rink parking lot or the library parking lot.
Can my day student drive their friend somewhere?
Day students may not transport a boarding student for any reason unless a specific written request has been granted by the Associate Head of School or Dean of Students. Of course, boarding students may drive with a day student’s parents.
What is the expectation when weather conditions are poor?
During inclement weather, please use your discretion and know that the School will excuse students who arrive late, leave early, or miss school altogether. We simply ask that parents call our absence line (860) 404-4295. *If your son drives himself to school and needs to leave prior to his last commitment, he should sign-out with the Dean of Students office prior to departing.
New Student FAQs
- What is the dress code?
- What size is my bed?
- What can I bring into my dorm room?
- Are we allowed to have food in our dorm rooms? When can we order food for delivery?
- Where and when do I get my class supplies?
- If I am a day student, what should I bring to school every day?
- What computer should I bring?
- How do I get my books?
- What happens if I get sick in the middle of the night?
- Is it mandatory for me to play three sports?
- How can I sign out to go home or leave for the day?
- How do we know what classes to sign up for?
- How will I know where to find my classes?
- When will I know who my roommate and advisor are?
- Where do I send my final transcript?
What is the dress code?
- The dress-code has a few variations depending on the occasion.
- Classroom Dress - khakis or chinos, belt, button-up shirt, socks, dress shoes, tie, and a blazer. Classroom dress is to be worn during class days to morning meeting, class, and meals in the refectory.
- Smart Casual Dress - khakis or chinos, belt, button-up shirt, socks, and dress shoes. Smart Casual dress is to be worn during announced buffet meals and to Saturday events. A student is always notified beforehand when this dress is appropriate.
- Casual Dress - t-shirt, polo, jeans, sweatshirt, sweatpants, etc. Casual dress can be worn when classes and special events are not in session - usually a Saturday afternoon and all-day Sunday.
- Vespers Dress - Grey pants, black belt, black polished shoes, black socks, white button-up, school tie, school blazer This is the School Uniform which should be worn on Wednesdays to Compass and during special events like concerts and graduation. Vespers can be purchased at any retail store of your preference. Men’s Wearhouse comes on campus to fit students who wish to purchase their ensemble on-campus during the opening of school.
- Boys may wear their navy-blue school blazer most days, but are not required to do so, unless informed.
- Shorts are allowed with classroom dress and smart casual only when the weather permits, the school’s Provost will make announcements stating when shorts are allowed. Shorts cannot have cargo pockets.
What size is my bed?
What can I bring into my dorm room?
The school supplies all required room furnishings. Students may bring other items such as rugs, desk lamp, personal computer, personal decorative items, etc. However, electric appliances that place an undue strain on the school’s electrical system (televisions, microwave ovens, hot plates, hot pots, etc) are not permitted and will be confiscated.
- One small energy efficient refrigerator (1.7 cu. ft.) is allowed per room.
- A monitor screen of any size and gaming systems are allowed.
- Your room comes with a desk and chair, but you have the option to bring an office chair.
- Fans are recommended, as there is no A/C in the dorms.
- No microwaves
- No toasters
- No portable A/Cs or heaters
- No electric scooters
Are we allowed to have food in our dorm rooms? When can we order food for delivery?
Where and when do I get my class supplies?
You will begin your classes and then your teachers will make you aware of what you need to have for the year. Do not feel pressure to have any supplies when classes first start. All of the materials on your list will be in stock at the Hawk’s Nest School Store. You can also get supplies during school trips to Wal-Mart in the first week of school.
If I am a day student, what should I bring to school every day?
Each day student is assigned his own locker. We recommend that you keep a spare change of classroom dress in your locker at all times. You are also given a “laundry loop” upon which you can put your gym clothes after practices so that they are washed for the next day by our equipment manager. It is up to you to determine which books you need to bring back and forth between home and school.
What computer should I bring?
Weekend Leave Requests
Weekend leaves begin when a student has fulfilled his last school commitment of the week. Leave requests are done via our Reach app. All overnight leaves must be cleared with the Dean of Students Office by Thursday at 5pm except in the event of an emergency. Students may not leave for a weekend if they have a weekend work crew. If a student is requesting to miss a required class or program, in addition to the online request, he will need to complete a green “Permission to Miss Class Form” and get it signed by his academic dean, coach, and college counselor (if he is visiting a college). These forms can be found hanging on the wall outside the Dean of Students Office.
Do the weekend activities cost anything?
How do I get my books?
Books can be purchased through our online bookstore, eCampus, beginning August 23 and if shipped to school, can be picked up on campus after arrival. Books are available to rent or buy.
What happens if I get sick in the middle of the night?
Our Health Center is open:
- Weekdays from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.
- Saturdays from 7 -11:30 a.m. and 6 - 7 p.m.
- Sundays from 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and 6 p.m - 7 p.m.
Is it mandatory for me to play three sports?
No. You are required to participate in two competitive sports out of the three seasons that you are at Avon. However, there are several afternoon activities that fall under the category of “competitive sport” (Robotics, Independent Art Project, Drama, Team Manager). Freshmen are encouraged to participate in a competitive sport during the fall season, as being a part of a team is valuable when it comes to acclimating to a new community environment. Seniors are only required to participate in one competitive sport. AOF Strength does not count as a competitive sport, and is only open to grades 10, 11, 12 and PGs.
How can I sign out to go home or leave for the day?
Boarders are not allowed to have cars on campus.
- Local leaves- Students are allowed to check out to town at appropriate times during the week. Any unauthorized leave from campus will result in appropriate disciplinary action. Students are not allowed to ride with any driver under the age of 23. Day students are never allowed to drive boarding students.
- Weekends- Weekend leaves begin when a student has fulfilled his last school commitment of the week. Leave slips may be obtained at the entrance to the Associate Headmaster’s Office and turned into the Dean of Students or the Administrator on Duty (AOD) when signing out. All overnight leaves must be cleared with the Associate Headmaster’s Office by after lunch on Friday except in the event of an emergency. Students may not leave for a weekend if they have Sunday work crew.
- Vacations-Students cannot leave school early or return late from any scheduled vacation period. Students are required to meet all commitments through their last scheduled class or activity before they may leave campus for a school break. Teachers often plan tests or other graded exercises at this time. If there is a graded exercise, test, or quiz and a student misses it, he will receive an F for that exercise. We ask that students and parents adhere strictly to the published school calendar when planning travel.
- Miscellaneous- Boarding students are not allowed to leave campus during the week, including Friday evening, if it interferes with study hall or Saturday classes. Trips to concerts, movies, and sporting events during the week, including Friday, unless sponsored by the school, are forbidden. Special permission must be obtained from the Associate Headmaster at least one week in advance.
How do we know what classes to sign up for?
Our Academic Deans carefully review your transcripts from this past year and make decisions based upon what they see and your past teacher recommendations. Then, they will email you with a proposed class schedule. You can approve the schedule, or if you have issues with it, you are welcome to connect with them and they will work with you to place you accordingly. Even if you are worried about your placement level in a certain class, we have a 3 week add-drop period during which you will be able to truly determine whether you belong in a given class-level or not. If you think that the class rigor is too much or too little for you, your advisor and the Academic Dean will be able to move classes accordingly.
How will I know where to find my classes?
Everyone will be in the same boat during the first few days. The upperclassmen are there to help you, so ask them. If someone sees you looking around like you are lost, he or she will tell you where to go. Also, during orientation, your advisor will walk you to all of your classrooms. Do not be afraid to ask anyone for directions!
When will I know who my roommate and advisor are?
Where do I send my final transcript?
Student Absence Number
|Academic Questions||Contact Information|
|Grade 9 Course Selection||
|Grades 10 and 11 Course Selection||
|Grades 12 and PG Course Selection||
|College Counseling||Kathleen Barzun
Dean of College Counseling
|Student Life Questions||Contact Information|
Administrative Assistant to Associate Head of School
Director of Nursing
Dorm Room Assignments/Policies
Dean of Students
|Student Bank & ATM
Accounts Receivable Coordinator
|Athletics Questions||Contact Name|
Director of Athletics
Associate Director of Athletics
|Technology and Portal Questions||Contact Name|
|Technology, Portal Logins/Veracross
Director of Information Technology
|Hardware/Computer Resource||Kris Thompson
Associate Director of Information Technology
|Parent Community Questions||Contact Name|
|Parent Networking, Getting Involved, Don't Know Who to Contact
Director of Parent Relations
|International Parent Questions||Christel Rooney
Director of International Admission, International Student Coordinator
Accommodations at Avon Old Farms School
Avon Old Farms School offers a structured learning environment for students. While Avon enthusiastically makes available a variety of supportive resources for students, it is not a special needs school and is not equipped to provide individualized educational programs for students with severe physical, cognitive, or emotional disabilities. The School does comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is willing to implement or make reasonable accommodations to its practices, policies, and procedures in order to meet the needs of students with documented learning or behavioral disabilities. However, accommodations must be reasonable and must NOT fundamentally alter the academic program at Avon Old Farms School. All students, regardless of disability, will be held to the School’s standards for academic achievement and personal conduct.
Accommodations May Include:
- Extended time (50%) for quizzes, tests and exams
- Use of laptop/computers & calculators on tests and exams
- Reduced distraction/quiet setting room for midterm and final exams
- Audio Textbooks
- Teacher provides students with a copy of notes & power-point presentations
Accommodations May Not Include:
- Quizzes, tests and exams without time limits
- Alternatives to exams
- Remedial work
- Waiving foreign language requirement
- Reduction of number or length of assignments or courses
- Other accommodations that fundamentally alter the academic program
The Faculty at Avon Old Farms School supports students in the use of accommodations as long as they advocate for themselves. Securing accommodations at Avon is a student-driven endeavor.
The application process for accommodations:
Submit all documentation of a disability to the Director of the Learning Center by August 1st. Documentation must include a current psycho-educational evaluation (administered in the past three years) and be in accordance with those guidelines issued by the Educational Testing Service (ETS).
The academic deans, learning center directors, and school psychologist will consult on all requests for accommodation.
If the request for accommodations is approved, the Learning Center, with appropriate consent, will inform individual teachers of a student’s disability and the accommodations that have been authorized and approved.
There is a separate process to apply for accommodations on all standardized testing, such as the SAT/ACT. A documented disability does NOT ensure accommodations on standardized testing. Refer to the College Board Website or contact Marie Delnicki, DelnickiM@avonoldfarms.com, for additional information.
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