Policies & Tuition

Sterling Silver Studio’s 2020-2021

Policies and Procedures

 

COVID-19 Safety Measures: Students are required to wear masks at all times when in the studio. The studio will be limited to students taking classes only. In an effort to help keep everyone healthy and safe, the studio lobby will not be open. Parents will be able to bring students in and drop them off at the door. A staff member will be available to walk kids to their studio classroom, and walk them back out to the door once again after class. Parents may come into the office/boutique to ask questions, help children order shoes, costumes, tights, or other necessary items, and to meet with office/teaching staff. Anyone who enters the studio must wear a mask, have temperatures taken, and sanitize hands before entering the facility.

 

 

Registration: A non-refundable fee of $25 per student or $50 per family is required yearly at the time of registration.

 

Student Tuition ScheduleTuition is based on an annual seasonal rate which is payable in full at the time of registration or in 8 equal monthly installments.  Included in each student’s tuition:  Complimentary Winter Wonder Week performance; optional participation in the “Dancing With My Guy” rehearsals and performance, spring 2021; optional participation in the finale rehearsals and production for the 2021 spring recital; optional participation in community performances and events, extra rehearsals scheduled by teachers and participation in various performances throughout the year.  Sterling Silver Studio offers numerous opportunities for performing, optional complimentary classes and other interactive learning experiences; therefore, tuition is not based on the number of weeks or classes provided in a one-month period. Tuition is the same for in-person classes or if a student chooses to take classes virtually via ZOOM.  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 2020-2021 season runs October through May with recital taking place next May or June (Date TBA).

 

 

Tuition Payment Options

  1. Tuition can be paid in full for the entire season (October 2020 – May 2021). All full season tuition payments will receive a 10 percent discount.
  2. Tuition can be paid in 8 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. Tuition that is not paid in a timely manner may incur a $5.00 late fee

 

 

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.

 

 

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 withdraw 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 studio 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.

 

If a student must withdraw from classes due to COVID-19, one-month notice is not required, however, the studio must be contacted immediately and student tuition monthly auto-pay will be stopped on the following business day after the parent has made contact with the studio.

 

 

Costumes: All classes require a costume for the annual spring recital. All costumes will be ordered individually, by parents in the Studio Boutique. You will receive your costume ordering information from Sterling Silver Studio:  Performing Arts Company (PAC) in October, and all other recreational classes in November.

 

 

Classroom Dress Code: 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. Students who cannot attend a class in person can attend class via ZOOM. If missing a class is necessary, please email the studio by 10 a.m. the day of your class to inform us of your absence and we will reply with a ZOOM class link for that day. ZOOM classes will not be recorded. Live attendance in person or via ZOOM is required for your attendance to be taken. 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.

 

 

Missed Private Lessons and Make-up Private Lessons: No make-up private lessons will be given for missed private lessons unless the absence is due to serious illness and notice has been given to the studio office. Make-up lessons will be limited to 2 per teaching year if you notify your instructor at least 7-days before the missed lesson so lesson times can be adjusted due to your absence. No refunds will be given for missed lessons. If you know you will be missing a lesson due to school activities such as ski trips or programs, band trips, sports games, etc. contact your instructor to adjust your lesson dates.

 

 

Extreme Weather or Unexpected Interruption of Classes: If the studio must cancel in-person classes due to extreme weather conditions or events beyond our control, lessons will be held via ZOOM. Physical class cancellation notices will be sent out via email, will be posted on the studio voicemail, and the studio’s Facebook page.

 

 

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.

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

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 (Oct  – May)

Yearly Registration Fee: $25.00/student or $50.00/family

30 minute class                    $40/month

45 minute class                    $47/month

60 minute class                    $53/month

75 minute class                    $59/month

90 minute class                    $65/month

Class Discounts                   Starting at 20%

Full Season (Sep-Apr)          Additional 10% Discount

Adult Class Cards                $60 for 10 classes or $40 for 5 classes

(One card can be used for multiple

classes, good for 6 months)

Private Lessons – Contact the office for a list of times and prices.

 

 

 

Summer Weekly Class Tuition Information (Jun – Aug)

30 minute class                $104, 9 weeks

45 minute class                $116, 9 weeks

60 minute class                $128, 9 weeks

Class Discounts               Starting at 20%

Adult Class Cards            $60 for 10 classes or $40 for 5 classes

(One card can be used for multiple classes, good for 6 months)

Private Lessons – Contact the office for a list of times and prices.

Summer Parade Camp      $50 – can perform in all parades