Lehigh Valley Academy would love to attend SSCNT next year, but we still haven't heard back about our status as a small school. After NAQT's initial decision to call LVA a large or 'selective; school, the principal wrote you guys a detailed e-mail in February to address your concerns--and I have written several myself--to no avail. Is the lack of response a denial of an appeal or simply... a lack of a response?
LVA is a small, cash-strapped charter school; it won't even fork over the money to play in the local TV quiz bowl competition, like all of the other high schools in the area. I have tried to recruit more QB members but, since this is a commuter school filled with mostly middle and low income students, no one wants to make the commitment to attend tournaments or even attend after-school practices. So, I will continue to take my son Alex to low-cost regional events and national events that offer us a break from $600 team fees--events like NHBB, where Alex can play in the Bees, and NASAT, where we can split the cost with kids from other PA teams. We would, though, like to play in SSNCT as our one annual big money event. To do that, though, we need a ruling that LVA is a true small school, which it most certainly is: as the principal pointed out in her message to Mr. Hentzel, the test scores of incoming students at LVA are used solely for placement purposes. The only thing that completely knocks a kid out of going to LVA is having a disciplinary violation on his record; that cannot be what NAQT means by academically "selective." And the only sure-fire way to get into the school is to be a member of the local district (Bethlehem); my son Alex lives in Allentown and had to wait his turn on the lottery before finally getting into the school a month into the 2014-15 school year.
So, would you folks be kind enough to let us know what our status is?
Thanks very much.
Coach, Lehigh Valley Academy
Columbia '84, Yale '88
Owner and Teacher, Prepare Test Preparation