What grades do you currently have?
Iron Academy started in Fall 2013 with 6th and 7th grades and we are adding a grade level each year until eventually we will be 6th to 12th grade. For the 2016-2017 school year, we have 6th to 9th grade students. Our current 9th graders will graduate from Iron Academy in 2020.
For the 2017-2018 school year, Iron Academy will offer grades 6-10.
Can students enter Iron Academy in any grade?
Yes, and students may apply for admission at any point during the current school year.
What is your student-teacher ratio?
In order to maintain the integrity of our world-class discipleship training and our superb educational delivery, we maintain a ratio of 15 students or fewer per classroom. There is no other way to build deep relationships into every student’s life than to know them exceptionally well.
What is your grading scale?
We utilize a 10 point grading scale that, in conjunction with our Targeted Grading philosophy, stretches every student to maximum potential.
What is your school calendar?
We operate on a traditional quarterly calendar. The school year starts in mid-August and ends around May 31. For the first week of school, all new students are required to participate in Crucible Camp. Crucible Camp is held for a week at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC. The students learn about our Honor Code during this week. All ninth and twelfth grade students will also have an additional off-campus week for Rites of Passage before the school year starts. Ninth graders begin the year with an intensive survival course in Virginia where they learn how to survive in trying conditions and how to thrive as godly men in a toxic culture.
What are your school hours?
The school day starts at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 3:15 p.m. Students can be dropped off between 7:15 and 7:45 and must be picked up between 3:15 and 3:30.
Do you have an after school care program?
Yes, we offer an after school care program until 6:00 p.m. We have options for occasional, part-time, and full-time care.
What is your daily class schedule?
Each class period is an hour and thirty minutes long; we operate on an A/B class schedule. Students have four classes per day. All Iron Academy students have PE daily.
How much homework do you assign?
It is not our policy to assign “busywork” for homework. The longer class periods and study hall time allow students to complete much of their work during the school day. By having each class meet every other day, that also helps our students better manage the time spent on homework.
Do you have a dress code?
We use Land’s End school uniforms and require that students wear polo shirts and khaki shorts or pants for their academic classes. T-shirts and athletic pants/shorts are utilized for PE class. The purposes of the dress code is to ensure that the student’s appearance is not a distraction at school, to create an atmosphere that complements serious academic pursuits, and to instill in students a sense of pride in their appearance.
How are your classrooms different?
We put a lot of thought into seating! Most of our individual student desks come with swivel desktops and are on rollers so students can easily arrange themselves for small group work. We also have stand-up desks in which a student can choose to stand during class or sit on an adjustable stool that rocks in a way similar to an exercise ball. We have large screen TVs in each room that are connected to Apple TVs.
Does my son need to be physically fit before he starts at Iron?
Your son does not need to be physically fit before starting classes at IA. His fitness level, however, will quickly improve during our daily PE and brain break times. Our parents have been amazed at the physical transformations of their sons. Research decisively concludes that more physical activity also helps improve memory and learning.
Do you have a fine arts program?
During our Intensive Weeks, we currently have classes in Art History. At this time, we do not have a regular program for students to learn to play instruments or to perform. We do have several students who are able to maintain their passion for the fine arts by being involved in community theater, band, choir, and orchestra groups.
Does my son need his own laptop?
All students are required to have access to a laptop with a full-size keyboard for school work. Teachers will specify when a computer is to be used and how. If a student demonstrates that he may not be trustworthy with an electronic device, he will lose the privilege to do so. Our policy for technology at Iron Academy is to strategically incorporate it only when it facilitates the educational process.
How do you handle student medical conditions?
We require that all students submit documentation of up-to-date annual physicals and immunizations. If a student needs to take medication during the school day, he must submit documentation that the doctor approves of its use and verify that the student is knowledgeable in how to administer his medication. Medications are kept in a locked location.
Do you offer athletics?
Yes! Our fall teams did extremely well this year, winning the conference in soccer and placing second in cross country. Winter sports are basketball and wrestling. Lacrosse and golf clubs have been strong performers in the spring season. Also in the spring, we will have the opportunity to field a team with the Carolina Elite 7 on 7 football league. As enrollment grows, we plan to broaden our offering of teams.
What is the Iron Academy Non-Discrimination Policy?
Iron Academy admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic, and other school-administered programs.
What is Iron Academy’s Statement of Faith?
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, authoritative Word of God, and every word is true (II Timothy 3:16).We believe that there is one God, Creator of all things, evident in the trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) and He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent (Deuteronomy 6:4; Genesis 1:1; I John 5:7). We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ as affirmed by his virgin birth, sinless life, miracles, atoning death through his shed blood, bodily resurrection, ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in his personal, imminent return in power and glory (John 10:30; Matthew 1:18; Hebrews 4:15; John 10:32; Romans 3:25; Matthew 28:6; Romans 8:34; Luke 21:27). We believe the Holy Spirit empowers us to live a Godly life (Galatians 5:16). We believe that salvation is by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8,9). Both Adam and Eve were created in God’s image, equal before God as persons and distinct in their manhood and womanhood (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18). Distinctions in masculine and feminine roles are ordained by God as part of the created order, and should find an echo in every human heart (Gen 2:18, 21-24; 1 Cor 11:7-9; 1 Tim 2:12-14). Adam’s headship in marriage was established by God before the Fall, and was not a result of sin (Gen 2:16-18, 21-24, 3:1-13; 1 Cor 11:7-9). The Old Testament, as well as the New Testament, manifests the equally high value and dignity which God attached to the roles of both men and women (Gen 1:26-27, 2:18; Gal 3:28). Both Old and New Testaments also affirm the principle of male headship in the family and in the covenant community (Gen 2:18; Eph 5:21-33; Col 3:18-19; 1 Tim 2:11-15). Redemption in Christ aims at removing the distortions introduced by the curse—harsh or selfish leadership by husbands, biblically forbidden sexual indulgence, male passivity, and un-nurturing love. In all of life Christ is the supreme authority and guide for men and women, so that no earthly submission (domestic, religious, or civil) ever implies a mandate to follow a human authority into sin (Dan 3:10-18; Acts 4:19-20, 5:27-29; 1 Pet 3:1-2). We are convinced that a denial or neglect of these principles will lead to increasingly destructive consequences in our families, our churches, and the culture at large.
Iron Academy is an all-male, Bible-believing institution providing education in a distinct Christian environment, and it believes that its biblical role is to work in conjunction with the home to mold students to be godly men. On those occasions in which the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home is counter to or in opposition to the biblical lifestyle that the school teaches, the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission of an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student. This includes, but is not necessarily limited to, living in, condoning or supporting sexual immorality; practicing homosexual lifestyle or alternative gender identity; promoting such practices; or otherwise having the inability to support the biblical principles of the school (Leviticus 20:13a; Romans 1:21-27; Matthew 19:4-6; I Corinthians 6:9-20).