Q: What if my child doesn't like the class?
A: We know how kids react sometimes when they are first exposed to something new. We suggest that you give the class some time before deciding that it is not for him or her. Wait at least two or three classes to make a decision. For students beginning new instruments we suggest allowing a longer period of time before switching to another instrument, teacher, or class. We also suggest that you talk to the teacher to get feedback and/or to help your child feel more at ease. If your child is still feeling uncomfortable, the office will do it's best to try and find a new fit.
Also, see school policies regarding refunds and credits.
Q: What will my child need to bring to class?
A: See Attire and Materials.
Q: What kind of performance outlets will my child have?
A: See Auditions and Performances.
Q: What if I am late registering for a new quarter?
A: As a courtesy to our current students, we hold your current spot in classes for the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th quarters in anticipation of your renewed registration. Current student tuition is due three weeks prior to the start of the new quarter for creative beginner, dance and theatre students or each new semester for music and some theatre students. Current students who do not pay tuition by the week prior to the new session could lose their spot to new students. New student registration takes place the week prior to the start of each new session.
Q: What if the class I want is full?
A: There are many popular classes here at SPA and they do fill up quickly. It is always a good idea to have a 2nd choice if your 1st class of choice is full. If your first choice of class is full, you may go on a waiting list for that class. If a spot opens up, the administrative staff will contact you.
Q: Will my child be lost if they join a class late in the quarter?
A: This depends on what time of year you are joining and exactly what type of class your student will be in. Some class curriculum renews itself each quarter while others are slowly building on a syllabus over the entire year. For instance, there are often new theatre classes offered at different times of the year, with different focuses or themes, while a dance class starts at the beginning of the year and builds on technique and repetition. A portion of the success of the student depends on their outlook and ability to jump in and go for it! We do allow students to join in at any point for most classes.
Q: When will the school be closed for holidays?
A: See Schedules, Holidays.
Q: Does the school close for bad weather?
A: The school very rarely closes for bad weather. If the school districts close for inclement weather, make sure you call The School of Performing Arts before assuming that we are closed as well.
Q: How will I know when to re-register for my class?
A: About three to four weeks ahead of registration, a reminder notice will be sent home with your student that it is time to re-register. Also, information is posted all over the school as a reminder. We understand that those important memos don't always make it home, so the best way to remember is to mark it on your calendar. See School Calendar for registration dates.