Dear Sophie Dance Parents:
Thank you for enrolling your child or children in Sophie Dance. I very much appreciate your vote of confidence in our exciting studio. I also personally assure you that I will devote all of my time and energy toward ensuring that all of our students have a joyful and rewarding experience at our wonderful studio.
I want to explain our policies regarding classes and tuition, so that you will clearly understand both these policies and the reasons for them.
Sophie Dance is a recreational-dance school where your children will participate on a weekly basis in order to develop their dancing abilities, explore their acting talents and improve their overall fitness. In our view, these goals can be reasonably achieved only in a program that encompasses multiple-class lessons. By attending multiple classes, your children will learn, improve upon and combine new skills and routines. For example, the fun that your children will have in classes in December or in February will be based in part on what they have already learned by participating in classes in October.
You will certainly understand that, if a child attends a single class filled with other children who have been already working on a specific routine for several weeks, the new child is likely to feel frustrated and perhaps even overwhelmed. Generating such negative feelings runs counter to the mission of Sophie Dance. This year I am allowing children to make up a missed class in another class of similar level. However, it is important to note what I am saying and prepare your child for entering a class different from the one they are attending week to week.
Conversely, asking children who have been practicing a routine repeatedly to start over in order to accommodate a new arrival would likely undercut the progress that those children have already made and turn the lesson into a demoralizing experience for them, again something that Sophie Dance is committed to avoiding. So, again, for this year please consider these important facts and simply prepare your child as I will do my job to prepare the children in class that someone is making up and we must make them feel welcome and comfortable. If we all work together on this I am hopeful we can allow makeup classes.
In addition, in order for Sophie Dance to secure the services of top-quality teachers who will also commit themselves to teaching classes several months in advance, and who in turn will make themselves available for the hours that best suit your demanding schedules and the needs of your children, we must conduct our multiple-class approach on a tuition-payment basis.
Under this policy, parents are required to pay the tuition for their children’s instruction a minimum of three months at a time, in advance, under what is effectively a trimester system, with each trimester consisting of approximately eleven weeks of classes. There are absolutely no refunds on dance tuition.
We do hope, though, that you will help us achieve our goal of providing a positive and constructive environment for your children by striving to avoid having your child miss any classes or at least minimizing the number of times your child misses class.
If your child misses a class for any reason, including illness, you will not receive any refund of tuition previously paid or any credit against tuition that may be outstanding at the time of the absence.
I hope that this letter clarifies our tuition policy for you. To the extent that you have any additional questions or concerns relating to this policy or any other aspect of Sophie Dance, I will be happy to address them with you at any time, whether in person, by telephone or by e-mail.
Thank you so much for allowing your child to become a part of our vibrant new community, where we provide a positive environment for growing people.