FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is the special focus of the Public Safety Academy?
The Public Safety Academy (PSA) will prepare students for success in college and in life by focusing on careers in the fields of law enforcement, firefighting, emergency response, and other public safety service related fields.2. Is this a charter school?
No. The Public Safety Academy is a “School of Choice” or a specially themed school operated by the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District.3. We currently live in another school district. If this is not a charter school, may we apply for our student?4. Who is eligible for the Public Safety Academy?
Yes. Since there is not another school of this type, you may apply to the Academy and if accepted, to your district of residence for an interdistrict attendance agreement. More information on this will be available at the orientation sessions.5. What grade levels will be served?
Any student who is interested in pursuing a career or college studies in law enforcement or other areas of public safety is eligible. Students must be academically at grade level or above to enter, willing to abide by a strict behavioral code of conduct, and agree to wear the school uniform.
The Public Safety Academy currently serves students in grades 5-10. Each year, a new grade will be added as follows:
6. Will my child’s transcript be accepted at colleges and universities throughout California?
7. Do students have to wear uniforms?
- 2014-15 Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- 2015-16 Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
- 2016-17 Grades 5-12; the first high school graduates!
The Public Safety Academy began the application process for obtaining the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) accreditation in 2013. WASC is the association that certifies to colleges and universities the credibility of credits obtained at the high school level. In April of 2014, the Public Safety Academy completed the initial WASC visit. During the initial visit, the academy received much praise and positive reviews about the school's program and pathways. As a result, the Public Safety Academy was granted initial accreditation. The Public Safety Academy is currently preparing for the WASC self-study/full visit, which will take place in the next two years.8. Are parents required to participate?
Yes, all Academy students will be required to wear the school uniform. If there is a financial hardship that would cause difficulty in purchasing the required uniform, there may be assistance in the form of an initial uniform donation to the family.9. What if we are not sure about a career field yet?
Yes, all parents or guardians of Academy students are required to participate in the life of the Academy. For working parents, the volunteer commitment can be arranged outside of working hours. However, parents are expected to fully support student work and activities.10. If the Academy doesn’t start until August, why do we need to apply now?
The Public Safety Academy is designed to produce excellent, effective citizens committed to service of others. These traits transfer to a great many careers and to positive community life in general. Starting in middle school and focusing directly in high school, mentors in the public safety and security fields, among others, will help students explore a variety of college and career options. Even if students change fields completely, the character traits and citizenship skills developed in conjunction with strong academic achievement will place them in the category of “most desirable” by any employer or college.
Since this Academy is a “School of Choice,” students from throughout the area typically apply. All applications for qualified 5th-10th graders go through a rigorous review process. The application process has multiple steps, which include: a determination of eligibility, academic skills assessment, writing sample, and interview. Because space is limited, it is recommended that interested students apply early in their academic careers, as there are typically more positions available in lower grades.11. This sounds interesting. How can we learn more? How can we apply for our student?12. Who can we contact if there are questions before the informational meetings?
Informational nights will be held to offer more information on our program. Additionally, the initial application will be made available online. Applications are first accepted for incoming 5th grade students. After those applications are processed, the process will begin for all other students. We highly encourage students to consider applying early in their academimc careers, as space in the upper grades is more limited.
If there are questions before the informational meeting, please feel free to email these to Laurie Halcomb at firstname.lastname@example.org .