• Frequently Asked Questions
     
    • Q: Why are you named Sugar Grove Academy? Are you a charter school?
    • A: We are not a charter school. Our school was established as an elementary campus in 1994. Some years later, district officials decided to transform us into a non-charter intermediate campus (the only one in HISD). We served as a relief school for many years until the district decided to transition SGA into a full middle school. We kept the name Sugar Grove Academy after the transition, and the rest is history!
    • Q: Where are you located?
    • A: We are located at 8405 Bonhomme, between Beechnut and Bissonnet, behind Sharpstown High School.
    • Q: What technology is available for students at SGA?
    • A: Every classroom on our campus is equipped with an interactive SmartBoard, document cameras, desktop computers, SmartResponse system, and internet. Additionally, the campus owns several laptop carts which teachers may check out for lessons, enabling every child in the classroom their own computer.
    • Q: What's the deal with the new gymnasium?
    • A: Through a bond initiative, HISD set aside funding for construction projects across the district. Sugar Grove was chosen to receive a substantial renovation, including a multi-use gymnasium complete with an indoor sports facility, classrooms, locker rooms, teacher work areas, and training rooms. The new gymnasium is now open!
    • Q: What other renovations or improvements have taken place at SGA?
    • A: During the summer of 2011, all of SGA's science rooms were expanded and renovated to meet TEA guidelines for middle school science labs. The renovation took several months, and we now have 6 fully-functional, science labs.
    • Q: What clubs or organizations have a home at Sugar Grove Academy?
    • A: We have several organizations of which students can be a part: NJHS, Recycling, Cheerleading, Dance, Robotics, just to name a few.
    • Q: Who is the principal of SGA?
    • A: Dr. Eric D. Tingle.
    • Q: What enrichment or tutoring opportunities are offered for my child at SGA?
    • A: Tutoring is available for every core subject at Sugar Grove Academy. Different teachers establish different after-school tutorial schedules, and it is the student's responsibility to ask for extra assistance and schedule a tutorial session. Saturday tutorials begin in the late fall, and run through the end of standardized testing season (early May).
    • Q: I want to schedule a conference with my child's teacher. Who should I contact?
    • A: To schedule a conference, call our main office directly at 713-271-0214 and speak to the receptionist or visit your child's teacher's contact page under the "Departments" menu on the main page and email them directly.
    • Q: Where can I go to see my child's grades and/or attendance record?
    • A: All grades and attendance records are filed online through Parent Student Connect (PSC). To access your child's records, go to the "Parents" menu on the home page and select "Parent Student Connect" to register or login. 
    • Q: I think my child was incorrectly marked absent or tardy. Who should I contact?
    • A: All attendance issues are handled by our attendance clerk. To contact her, call the main office directly at 713-271-0214.
    • Q: Are you a Title 1 campus?
    • A: Yes. We meet the definition of a Title 1 campus, as established by the federal government. 
    • Q: Does my child qualify for free or reduced cost lunch?
    • A: Applications for free or reduced lunch are handed out at the start of each school year. Parents MUST submit a new application for each enrolled child each new school year. Applications from past years will not qualify a student for free or reduced lunch in the current year, and just because a child was eligible last year does not necessarily mean they will be eligible this year as federal guidelines change. A child who does not submit an application or does not qualify for free or reduced lunch will have to pay full lunch price to purchase a meal from the cafeteria.
    • Q: What is the uniform policy at SGA?
    • A: All students are required to be in uniform at all times while on campus. Uniforms include the following: khaki pants, blue shirts for 6th graders, red shirts for 7th graders, grey shirts for 8th graders. A more detailed description of the uniform policy is available under the "Policy" menu on the main page.
    • Q: Is my child allowed to carry an electronic device to school?
    • A: All electronic devices (including cell phones, headphones, bluetooth, mp3 players, cameras, recorders, etc) must be turned off and put away during the school day. Teachers, staff, and administrators are instructed to confiscate any electronic device that is seen or heard during the school day. Retrieval of confiscated electronic devices can be made by the parent through the main office with payment of a $15 fine. Cash only.