Policies & Tuition
Sterling Silver Studio’s 2016-2017
Policies and Procedures
Registration: A non-refundable fee of $25 per student or $50 per family is required yearly at time of registration.
Student Tuition Schedule: Tuition is based on an annual seasonal rate which is payable in full at the time of registration or in 9 equal monthly installments. Included in each student’s tuition: Complimentary tickets to the Holidazzle performance; optional participation in the “Dancin’ With My Guy” rehearsals and performance, spring 2017; optional participation in the finale rehearsals and production for the 2017 spring recital; optional participation in the Christmas City of the North Parade (ages 5 and over) November 2016, scheduled classes, extra rehearsals scheduled by teachers and participation in various performances throughout the year. Sterling Silver Studio offers numerous opportunities for performing, optional complimentaryclasses and other interactive learning experiences; therefore, tuition is not based on the number of weeks or classes provided in a one month period. Sterling Silver Studio does not charge more for “long months” or less for “short months.” Costumes and transportation are not included in a student’s tuition. The 2016-2017 season runs September through May with rehearsal & recital for the annual spring recital in May or June. Students going to the 2017 NBTA State Competition will be charged June and July tuition.
Tuition Payment Options:
Tuition can be paid in full for the entire season (September 2016 – May 2017). All full season tuition payments will receive a 10 percent discount.
Tuition can be paid in 9 equal monthly installments by means of a secure monthly auto-pay system with a credit card, checking account, savings account or a pre-paid visa card. Tuition will be debited from your bank account or credit card on the 1st day of each month.
NSF Payments: A $35 NSF fee will be charged for all returned checks. All accounts more than 60 days past due will be turned over to an outside agency for collections.
Costumes: All classes require a costume for the annual spring recital on Sunday, June 5, 2016 (The Faith & Motion class doesn’t perform at the spring recital, but does do local community performances. If you perform with Faith & Motion, a uniform is required & you purchase it through the instructor.) All costumes will be ordered individually, by parents online, through our costume management website. You will receive your costume ordering information from Sterling Silver Studio: Performing Arts Company (PAC) in October, and all other recreational classes in November. If you do not have a computer or internet access at home, both will be provided for you in the studio lobby the week that costume orders are due. If you do not have a credit or debit card to place orders online, you may purchase a prepaid Visa from Walgreens or other retailers. You may also purchase a code from the front desk, for the total amount due for your costume, which you can use during the checkout process.
Withdrawal and Refunds: One-month notice from the first of the month is required to discontinue any classes. Withdrawal must be done in person and will not be accepted over the phone or email. Withdrawal must be done at the studio office and not with the teacher. Withdrawal must occur within the first 7 days of the month to stop payment for the following month. To withdrawal from classes a parent or adult student must:
1. Inform the studio administration in person, and
2. Complete and sign a withdrawal form provided by the school office.
All automatic bank debiting or credit card charges will stop after the one-month notice period. Sterling Silver Studio reserves the right to terminate lessons to any students without notice. In such a case a refund for unused lessons will be given. This may be transferred to another class. If the studio is not notified of a student dropping a class, tuition will continue to be charged, regardless of attendance, as the student’s spot is being secured and held in the class.
Extreme Weather or Unexpected Interruption of Classes: If the studio must cancel classes due to extreme weather or events beyond our control, the missed lessons will be rescheduled at a later date. Class cancellations due to extreme weather, etc. will be sent out via email, will be posted on the studio voicemail, studio’s Facebook page and may be announced on local weather radio and television stations. No refunds for lessons missed due to these reasons will be given. Make-up classes will be scheduled.
Substitutions: The studio reserves the right to provide a substitute teacher if the regularly scheduled teacher is ill or otherwise unable to teach classes. If a teacher is ill and the studio cannot arrange a substitute any missed classes will be made up.
Classroom Dress Code: Ballet Class Dress Code (ages 5 through adult): Black leotard and pink tights with a back seam. All other classes: Dancewear such as leotards, shorts, jazz pants, sweats, dance shoes, etc. are required. Please check with each individual instructor and team to find out if there are any specific shoes or types of clothing you should wear to class. Failure to wear required dancewear to class could result in students being asked to sit out of the class. Repeated failure to wear required dancewear could result in termination of lessons. Students are not permitted to wear jeans or shoes worn on the street or outdoors, to any class. For safety reasons students are not permitted to wear jewelry. Long hair must be tied back.
Class Attendance: Attendance is taken at each class and recognition will be given to each student that has perfect attendance. Classes cannot be made up for this award. Good attendance at class is imperative, as absences and tardiness can and will hold back an entire class, and the studio cannot jeopardize its responsibilities to the rest of the class for one student. Please make every effort to have your child at every class. No tuition credit will be given for missed classes. If missing a class is necessary, please contact the school office to inform us of your absence.
Missed Private Lessons and Make-up Private Lessons: Absolutely no make-up private lessons will be given for missed private lessons unless the absence is due to serious illness and 24-hour notice has been given to the school office. Make-up lessons will be limited to 2 per teaching year. No refunds will be given for missed lessons. (School activities such as ski trips or programs, band trips, sports games, etc. do not qualify for make-up private lessons.) If a private lesson time slot is cancelled, a 20 percent of the session fee will be charged to your family ledger.
Parent’s Responsibility to be Aware of Dates and Events: It is the responsibility of the parent or adult student to be aware of all studio activities, such as recitals, extra classes and the dates the studio is open or closed. The parents (or adult students) will give the studio their email address to email all such notices. The school will also post all such notices on the studio’s Dance Boutique door as well as emailing notices. It is the parent’s or adult student’s responsibility to regularly check their email and the Boutique door to ensure they are informed. It is the responsibility of the parents or adult students to inform the studio of any email address, mailing address or telephone number change. Monthly newsletters will also be posted on the studio’s website under the Newsletter tab and hard copies of the newsletter will be available at the studio on the wall next to the television monitor for studio A.
Parent and Teacher Communication: It is very important for parents and teachers to keep lines of communication open to ensure that each student is getting the most out of his/her training experience. We genuinely appreciate your ideas and comments. If you have a question or concern about a class, performances or anything related to your child’s team, please go directly to the instructor or studio director. What applies to your child may not apply to others due to different routines and classes. Seeking information from other parents or students can cause you to be misinformed and cause problems within the team or between individuals. Your instructor is always your best resource, as it is his or her job to help you.
Student Drop Off & Pick Up: It is the parent’s responsibility to ensure that each child is dropped off and picked up from classes and studio events safely. All parents are to be aware of class times and pick up their child at the studio immediately following their class.
Insurance: Sterling Silver Studio does not carry medical insurance for their students. It is required that all students be covered by their own family insurance policies. If injury occurs at practice or any other type of studio event, it is understood that the student’s own policy is your only source of reimbursement. All classes at Sterling Silver Studio require physical activity and involve risk. It is the parent’s responsibility to notify the studio in writing if any illness or physical limitations the student has may prevent him or her from participating in any type of class activity.
Photo Release: We as a studio do want to celebrate your child and his/her work, performances, awards, etc. The law requires that we ask for your permission to use information about your child. If you, as the parent or guardian, wish to rescind this agreement, you may do so at any time in writing by sending a letter to the Sterling Silver Studio and such rescission will take effect upon receipt by the studio director.
I/We GRANT permission for a photo/image/video that includes this child to be published on the studio’s website, newsletter, bulletin, Facebook page, or other social media outlets, publications and other promotional materials the school may create. Permission is also hereby granted for the school to copyright such photographs in its name.
Parent, Teacher & Student Ethics: It must be understood that our job as parents and teachers is to promote and encourage the student. This will not be achieved by jealousy, starting rumors or attempting to cause hurt feelings or friction among or between other parents, teachers or students. Gossip is always harmful, and the only way to stop it is not to participate in it. This includes any rumors, gossip, causing hurt feelings or inappropriate activity on social media. We want everyone’s experience to be a fun and positive one, so we ask that you take this policy very seriously!
Fall/Spring Tuition Information
Yearly Registration Fee: $25.00/student or $50.00/family.
|30 minute class||$38/month|
|45 minute class||$45/month|
|60 minute class||$50/month|
|Class Discounts||Starting at 20%|
|Full Season(Sep-Jun)||Additional 10% Discount|
|Adult Class Cards||$60 for 10 classes or $40 for 5 classes|
|(One card can be used for multiple classes)|
Private lessons – Contact the office for a list of times and prices.
2016 Summer Weekly Class Tuition
June 20 through August 27 (10 weeks)
No registration fee for summer classes.
|30 minute class||$113, 10 weeks|
|45 minute class||$125, 10 weeks|
|60 minute class||$137, 10 weeks|
|Adult Class Cards||$60 for 10 classes / $40 for 5 classes|
|(One card can be used for multiple classes)|
2016 Summer Camp Tuition
|45 minute 4-day camp||$45/week|
|60 minute 4-day camp||$50/week|
|90 minute 4-day camp||$65/week|
|3 hour 4-day camp||$85/week|
|4 hour 4-day camp||$99/week|