Frequently Asked Questions
Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary
The overriding philosophy of the Millennium Elementary Schools of Choice is to provide students with an enriched interactive atmosphere fostering good citizenship within a nurturing and safe environment. Through the enhanced program emphasis combined with traditional core academic curriculum, Robert Louis Stevenson, one of the three Millennium Schools, sparks excitement and enthusiasm for elementary children. We also provide a strong character-education program. This unique, innovative school is destined to become a model for other districts to replicate.
Schools of choice are schools that are open to all children in Brevard County, regardless of their residence. This allows families to choose the school they prefer their children to attend. The Millennium Schools are public choice schools under the jurisdiction of the Brevard County School District and offer specialized, enhanced curriculum at these three locations:
Robert Louis Stevenson is theme-based, and that theme may appeal to your child's interests more than a broad-based public or magnet school. Each school in the Brevard County system has its own advantages and must be measured by your family’s particular needs and goals. All, however, offer many types of academic challenges that may be right for you.
Robert Louis Stevenson offers a different focus that is academically challenging, interactive, creative and fun. We require family participation in the school and have set high standards for each class. Many children thrive in this type of environment and look forward to the different projects and challenges. You and your family are in the best position to decide if this kind of school fits your child’s needs, abilities and personality.
Yes, it is a regular public school and does not charge tuition.
Yes. Robert Louis Stevenson has uniforms that are comfortable, affordable and are available in a variety of styles. We offer khaki pants and shorts for the boys, and khaki shorts, pants, and skorts for the girls. Color coordinated polo shirts with site specific school logos complete the outfit.
Uniforms may be purchased from Turner's School Time, 843 E. New Haven Ave., Melbourne, FL, phone: 321-723-3223. Or, order online at School Time Uniforms.
Monday – Thursday 10:00 to 5:00
Saturday 10:00 to 3:00
Closed Sundays and Fridays
Applications are available to be copied on-line or at the school. Children currently enrolled in Robert Louis Stevenson must pre-register but are automatically accepted for the following school term. When a new family completes an application during the enrollment period, the application is given a lottery number. Numbers are drawn totally at random to fill the slots.
Each school has its own separate lottery. On the application form, you select your school preference. As classes fill, we compile a waiting list to fill any vacancies created by children moving out of the area or leaving the school.
Since Robert Louis Stevenson is a school of choice, there is no attendance zone designation as "in-area." The lottery system determines who is considered.
We want to keep families together whenever possible. Toward this end, we do give preference to siblings. This is done by assigning lottery numbers to families instead of individual applicants. When the family number is drawn all applicants in the family are placed either in a grade or on the appropriate waiting list.
Yes. The lottery begins new each school term.
You must reapply to the new school and be reassigned another lottery number.
Applications are available on-line or from each school each year. Applications must be accompanied by the child’s most recent report card to be considered complete.
After all the classes have been filled, the next numbers drawn in the lottery will constitute the waiting list. If a child is unable to attend and we have open slots, we will take the first name from the waiting list and admit that student. Because there are always last-minute changes or drop-outs, we encourage parents to get on a waiting list for the school of their choice. Their child could very well be selected to attend their School of Choice if an opening occurs.
We offer "corridor" busing to Robert Louis Stevenson. This means that several pick-up spots are designated throughout the county. A parent will be responsible to transport his or her child to one of those pick-up points at the beginning of the day, and return to that pick-up point to collect the child at the end of the school day.
Robert Louis Stevenson does offer before and after school childcare programs.
Yes. Children are tested at the beginning of each school year and we design instructional programs to meet their needs in order for them to stay challenged. We currently have the services of a teacher for gifted children.
School hours for students are 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. for the current (2004 - 2005) school year. We anticipate the hours to remain the same for next year.
The school district is currently providing continuation programs at middle school sites.
Each family is required to put in 20 hours per school year. It has been proven time and again that students do better when their families are involved in the school. We found this requirement to be highly successful and many parents far exceed the 20 hours because they enjoy it so much.
Yes. Regardless of its focus, Robert Louis Stevenson teaches the core courses of math, social studies, science and reading. If a child is achieving at a higher level in some subjects, he/she is given more challenging work at a higher level.
With more than 2,000 qualified teachers in Brevard County's School District and an ample applicant pool from throughout the country, we have been able to attract some of the county’s finest teachers and specialists.
Yes, limited Special Education services are available in the areas of speech, gifted education and resource learning disabled.
Yes, Robert Louis Stevenson follows all Florida Sunshine State Standards and Brevard County School District Grade Level Expectations
We’ve heard hundreds of positive reports from parents who are thrilled to see their children excited about school again. We’ve been told in focus groups with parents that their children are eager to go to school each day and are happy and having fun. Parents especially comment on the quality of our teachers and staff and on the uniforms. They like the attractiveness of the uniforms and feel they help create a non-competitive social environment.