GENERAL POLICIES

Tuition 

· Tuition is established for a 10 month school year, regardless of the number of classes per month.

· Payments should be made in 10 monthly payments due on the first of each month (Sept.-June) or can be made in one lump sum at the beginning of the year.

· A $10 late fee will be assessed if payments are not in by the 6th of the month. 

· A $30 fee will be charged to your account for all returned checks.

 

· Please make payments by mail or by dropping them off in the drop box located at the studio. Please do not give tuition to your instructor.

 

· Make checks payable to:  The Joy of Dance.  Exact cash payments accepted with the student’s name, date, class and reason for the payment.

 

· Accounts MUST have a zero balance before the student may participate in the recital.

 

· A $10.00 discount will be applied to tuition for each additional family member in the same household or for students taking an additional ballet classes only.

 

Missed Classes, Class Cancelation & Inclement Weather

· Tuition is paid by the month and is not prorated or refunded for absences.

· When conditions are beyond our control, we reserve the right to cancel classes.

· We will follow the Battle Ground South End School District closures for inclement weather.

· Make-up classes can be taken at anytime, must call before hand to reserve a spot. See the class schedule to check on alternate times that your grade level is offering classes.

Arrival & Departure

· Arrive 10 minutes early to get ready for class. Please wear a cover up going to and from classes in the parking lot. Students will wait outside the classroom until the instructor invites them in.

. Arrive 10 minutes early to pick up your students. Please do not stop or park in front of the door of the studio, as this causes a backup of traffic. If your student is in the Lower School, do not drop them off in the parking lot or leave them unattended in the waiting room, as you are responsible for your child until the instructor takes them into class. At pick up time, please do not wait in your car for your child to come out to you.
 

· We expect all students to be prompt and on-time for class.

· Students who are more than 10 minutes late should stand quietly at the door and wait for the instructor to invite them in.

· Students who are more than 20 minutes late may be asked to watch the class if the instructor feels they have missed too many warmup exercises.

· Do not interrupt class to give an explanation or reason for tardiness.  If the instructor needs to know, she will contact you or the student at the appropriate time.​

. Parents consecutively (more than once) 10 or more minutes late when there is no class proceeding their dancers class, leaving the teacher waiting, will be shared a $10 inconvenience fee. 

Class Etiquette

· Do not enter the classroom without the instructor’s permission.
 

· No talking or horseplay during class.

· No arguing with the instructor or complaining about class work, as a negative attitude affects the whole class.

· No food, drinks, or gum is permitted. Water bottles may be left outside the studio room, as the instructor will give the class periodic water breaks.

· Follow dress and hair guidelines.

Studio Etiquette

· Do not interrupt class, as interruptions interfere with the training of the students.

· Only staff and students are allowed in the class during class time (unless it is observation week or it has been previously arranged with the instructor).

. Only staff allowed in studio rooms during non class times 

· No running, horseplay, or excessive noise in the waiting room.

· Please clean-up any toys, books, or trash left in the waiting room.

· Please clean-up any mess made in the bathroom by you or your children.

· Children may not be left unattended in the parking lot.

· Keep food to a minimum.

· No street shoes in the classroom (this applies to parents, students, and non-students).

· Please do not post anything on the bulletin boards without the instructor’s permission.

Parent/Instructor/Director Conferences

· If you have questions or concerns about your child’s class or progress, please feel free to call the school owner or director to arrange a meeting by appointment.

· For the privacy of your student and the instructor, and to better facilitate communication, please do not discuss matters with the instructor before, during, or after a class.

. A Communication Slip may be sent home with your dancer to better communicate in class behavior.

Student Evaluations

· All Upper School Classes and Grade IB & IC of the Lower School will be evaluated by the Joy of Dance Instructors & Directors during the months of May and June every year.

· Evaluations will notify the students of their placement in the subsequent year. It is not unusual for a student to benefit from staying in one level for more than a year.

· Evaluation results are a private matter.  Discretion should be exercised when discussing results with other parents or students.

· Evaluation results are usually mailed or given out at the end of the term.

. We ask that parents respect the final decision of our Instructors & Directors. If there are any questions about your dancers placement, please do not discuss it with her instructor. Questions may be asked to the school directors. 

Parent Observation Weeks

· Parents will have an opportunity to sit and observe their child’s class once every other month October through April.

· Siblings are welcome to come and watch as long as they are not a distraction to the class.

· Children who are unable to remain seated and quiet may wait with their parents in the waiting room.

 

. Please do not come in and out of the classroom
 

· Please take this time to enjoy your student’s class and don’t visit with other parents.

Recital 

· Family Participation Fee, covering ALL recital fees and allows us to not charge ticketing: $65 (Due March 1st)

· Digital download of recital: TBA

Lower School Costume Fee: $80 (Due December 1st)

· Upper School Costume Fee: $ 155 (Due December 1st)

. A $15.00 late fee will be added to EACH fee after December 1st. 

. If your dancer withdraws from recital after choreography has been taught, there will be an additional fee of $50.00 for re-choreographing. 

© 2017 The Joy of Dance - Photo Credit: Cavens Photography

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