The following is the outline of our school policy. A smooth and efficient running of the school requires the constructive cooperation of every person involved. It is assumed that each student and his/her parents will become familiar with, and will adhere to these regulations for the benefit of all.
We believe that regular and continuous parent-teacher communication is the most effective means to improve the overall experience of the student in the school. It is also the best way to avoid behavioral or academic difficulties.
Start at 10:45 am on Sundays, in accordance with the academic calendar. Persian language classes are comprised of three segments with a 30-minute recess from 12:00 to 12:30 pm. Regular Persian lessons for children end at 1:30 pm and the extracurricular classes begin at 1:45 pm. There are a good selection of enrichment classes and "Persian Art & Culture" workshops that is offered throughout the year, some for an entire semester and some for a couple of weeks.
Morning or afternoon options may be available, depending on the registration:
Sundays, 10:45 am to 12:15 pm or 1:45 pm to 3:15 pm
Wednesdays, 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and handouts for kids classes are provided by the school. Certain textbooks for adult classes may to be purchased by the students.
Notebooks, pencils, markers, and other related stationary are student’s responsibility.
Homework is determined by each teacher according to the needs of individual student and class. Please take the homework assignments very seriously as the weekly intervals of the school may easily lead to fading of the learned materials. Farsi is a second language for most of our students and continued practice at home is the only route to ensure a lasting effect.
Contacting the Teachers
Teachers are available for questions and comments at the school on Sundays or during the week via email or phone. Please do not hesitate to speak to the school administrators or the teacher if you have any concern.
General Conduct and Discipline
Our goal is to create a positive and safe learning environment within the Chicago Persian School. To that end, students and teachers are required to respect the rights of one another. The Chicago Persian School has a zero-tolerance policy toward verbal abuse or bullying by anyone, children or adults.
Immediate suspension may result from, but is not limited to, the following specific offenses:
Abusive language and/or overt disrespect to teacher(s) or other students;
Dishonesty in any form, including cheating or copying of homework;
Damage to school property and/or unauthorized use of school equipment;
Chronic bullying of peers;
Possession of items that are potentially dangerous, such as pocket knives;
Academic conduct and discipline
Students are expected to maintain a positive, cooperative, and respectful attitude both in and out of the classroom.
Each student is responsible for his/her homework.
If the teacher and/or school officials require that a student seek the help of a tutor, a tutor will be arranged and an additional fee will apply.
In rare cases of unacceptable behavioral issues, the student will receive a warning from the teacher and/or school official(s) followed by notification to the parents. At that time, the parents’ presence may be required at the following class or group activity session. Upon the third warning, the student will be removed from the class and/or group activity. Parents' further assistance and involvement will be requested in order to correct the situation and to avoid termination of the registration. Please note that the Chicago Persian School policy requires termination of registration upon the fourth occasion of said unacceptable behavioral issue.
Bringing Items from Home
Parents are strongly advised to prohibit students from bringing to school large amounts of cash and/or other articles of considerable value. The use of cell phones, electronics, and the like are absolutely forbidden during the class time. Students at the Chicago Persian School are absolutely forbidden from bringing tennis balls, racquet balls, baseballs, golf balls, toy guns, knives, matches, lighters, or any articles associated with violence or danger.
Planned absences, such as vacations, need to be reported to the teacher or principal via email or phone. Students are responsible for obtaining the missed lesson of the day and completing the corresponding homework.
More than two consecutive absences in one month or more than four absences in one semester can result in termination of the registration. Extreme cases, such as hospitalization, will be considered on an individual basis.
Drop off and Pick up
The Chicago Persian School is not responsible for monitoring the students during the drop off and pick up times. Parents, caregivers and/or designated drivers are responsible for the safety of their children and are expected to exit their vehicle and walk the student across the street and to the school entrance both at drop off and pick up time.
Celebrating various Iranian holidays at the Chicago Persian School is a means of introducing the Persian Culture to the community and to the younger generation of Iranian descent. Yalda, the longest night of the year, and Nowruz, the Iranian New Year, are examples of such events. Additionally, there are a number of other school events that are designed to enrich the language learning experience and strengthen the sense of community and identity. Parents’ involvement in planning and preparation for such events are welcome.
Dress code and Grooming
Students should wear comfortable and clean clothes. Appropriate and tied shoes must be worn to school. No student is permitted to wear shirts that have printings related to sex, drugs, or violence. Final decision about appropriateness of clothing is made by school officials.
Parent Teacher Conferences
In order to communicate the progress and learning remark of students, parent teacher conferences are scheduled in mid-January. Teachers provide the evaluation form for each student. Please be sure to schedule an in-person appointment with the teacher. Communication with the teachers throughout the academic year regarding your child’s academic experience is strongly encouraged. Students receive their second and final evaluation form at the end of the academic year.