Tuition, discounts, private lessons, liability, and payment policies for 2016-2017 academic year
The Center expects to have two sessions during the 2016-2017 year (Fall and Winter/Spring), starting in September, 2016 and ending in May, 2017. The schedule may be adjusted due to weather-related closures and other unforeseen circumstances.
The Center may cancel classes in case of bad weather. If such a case occurs, the center will send an e-mail to all current parents no later than 8 am the morning of school.
Tuition for most Classes is $14 per lesson (unless you are notified that a class has special tuition). In addition to tuition, each class has a $15 “materials fee” per student, per semester. The material fee is designed to cover teacher expenses, such as art supplies, CDs, paper, ink, pencils, and other office supplies, as well as other school’s operational expenses as needed. There is also an annual registration fee of $30 per student (due at the beginning of the academic year). We collect a refundable damage deposit of $50 per family per semester as per our rental contract with the building owner.
This year, the school will be offering a 10% tuition discount for balances paid within first 30 days of the semester.
The Center will offer discounts to families paying for 3, 4, 5, and 6 (or more) lessons each week, respectively. If the family is registered for 3 classes – the cost will be $13/lesson, 4 classes – the cost will be $12/lesson, 5 classes – the cost will be $11/lesson, 6 or more classes –the cost will be $10/lesson. These “volume” discounts are offered to all families, regardless of the number of children in the family. No special “sibling” discount is offered as volume discounts already accommodate families with siblings that tend to pay for more lessons.
Registration and Payment procedure
This year, registration will take place on line via our website. Upon registration, each family is asked to pay a $25 per child registration fee plus a $50 deposit for each class their children are planning to take in the forthcoming session. Families can bring their checks on the first day of classes. We also collect a damage deposit in the amount of $50 per semester. This deposit is fully refundable unless a family is found responsible for either Russian Center’s or its Landlord’s property damages.
The balance can be paid by check at a later date. If paid within 30 days of the beginning of the semester, a 10% discount off the total balance will be offered (excluding materials and registration fees). Reminders for the balance due will be delivered electronically via the primary family email on file with the Center.
Prompt payments are requested. If final payment is not received 2 weeks before the end of the semester, a late fee in the amount of 5% of the unpaid balance will be added to the account. There is a $25 returned check charge for any checks returned to the Center for insufficient funds.
Missed or canceled classes
No refund is offered for missed lessons as Center costs do not decrease when a child misses school. Moreover, irregular attendance affects other families taking the same class because it has a negative affect on the education process.
If the Center has to cancel school during the year for any reason, like Snow day, the make-up date will be offered (April 2, 2017 – for 2016-2017 school year).
If the Center cannot offer a make-up day or a family does not enroll for the next semester, families will not be charged for lessons canceled by the Center. If the invoice has already been issued for the canceled lesson, and the payment by the family has been made, a credit will be issued to the family on a subsequent invoice, which the family can choose to apply to the next semester, get a refund for, or donate the value of the credit to the Center as a charitable contribution.
The Center strives to deliver high-quality education and offers a 100% satisfaction guarantee: If a family tries a class and decides not to take it, no tuition for that lesson will be charged. If a family does decide to move forward with attending the class, tuition will be applicable since the first lesson.
Photo and Video Recording
Unless notified in writing of an objection by a parent, legal guardian, or student of age 18+, photographs and video footage of students and/or names may be posted in Russian Center-produced materials including but not limited to printed publications, television productions, and web sites.
Items from Home
Please mark all clothing with the student’s name. Russian Center will not assume responsibility for loss or damage to any personal items, toys, or large sums of money brought to school. Weapons, real or toy, are not allowed at the Center. Bringing such items will result in the parents being called and the students’ immediate dismissal from classes.
Private Lessons Policy
The Center encourages teachers to offer private lessons to any Center student in addition to regularly scheduled Center classes taken by that student. Such extra lessons may help the student to catch up with the rest of its class or may compensate for the lack of student-appropriate regular classes. The Center has been happy to provide this screening and matching service to students and teachers, for the benefit of all.
On the other hand, moving a student from regular classes to private lessons hurts the remaining Center families and the Center itself. Most our teachers realize this and are sensitive to this, however, some parents may not realize the impact it might have on our education environment and goals, putting extra pressure on teachers to substitute regular classes with private lessons.
To minimize that pressure, the Center requests that teachers notify the Center when starting private lessons for a family they have met at the Center. If a student stops attending regular same-subject Center classes, the private lessons for that student must be suspended (and must not be offered) for six calendar months starting with the last attendance day.
Every family situation is unique, and the Center is committed to accommodating a wide range of educational needs. When a student cannot attend regular lessons, the Center will offer small-group and even individual classes (taught by Center teachers) for as long as the family can cover Center expenses associated with these custom arrangements, i.e. pay the Center – rate charged by the teacher PLUS $6.00 / hour to cover administrative expenses.
The Center welcomes suggestions on how to improve this policy to minimize the tension between the teachers and parents, while offering Center families the best education possible.
By accepting these policies you (“Parent”) agree to the following terms: In case of illness or accident, the Center is authorized to secure emergency medical treatment at your expense. The Center reserves the right to dismiss any participant who does not show respect for the facility, including but not limited to: property, equipment, policies, other students and staff. Students who are dismissed will not be given a refund of fees paid. The Center assumes no responsibility for personal property that is either in or out of classrooms. By registering for classes in the Center, a Parent hereby waives any and all claims against the Center, including but not limited to its directors, teachers, and volunteers. A Parent agrees that use of the facilities and equipment at the Center may involve risk of bodily injury or property damage and agrees to assume any such risks. A Parent understands that it is up to him/her to consult physicians and other professionals to make sure that the child registered above can safely participate in activities and events at the Center. A Parent also understands and agrees that by registering a child at the Center, he/she is giving up their (or the minor for whom they sign) right to make any claim against the Center, its directors, teachers, and volunteers, including the right to sue them, for bodily injury or property damage or any other loss that they or their child(ren) might suffer while using the Center-provided facilities and services, except as limited by law.
The Russian Center is a Colorado non-profit. Tuition is the primary source of income that covers teachers’ salaries, classroom rent, and other teaching-related expenses. Your prompt payment is very much appreciated.
This policy may be adjusted to better reflect changing Center realities. Feedback regarding this policy and related improvement ideas are welcome.
In compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008, Colorado law and Board of Education Policy AC (Nondiscrimination/Equal Opportunity), Russian Center for Arts and Humanities does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, religion, ancestry, age, marital status, genetic information, or physical characteristics in admissions, access to, treatment, or employment in educational programs or activities which it provides.