2022-2023 Terms and Conditions

YOUTH DANCE & THEATER TUITION & BILLING

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) will charge the preferred payment method indicated in the parent portal account according to the terms outlined. Transfer of funds will occur on the first of the month beginning September 2, 2022 or date of starting class. Final tuition payment for the 2022-2023 session will occur on June 2, 2023.

The registration fee will be charged at the time of registration. Any outstanding balance on your MSA account as of September 1, 2023 (or date of registration if after 9/1/22) from previous sessions or purchases will be due and charged to the payment method provided for this session.

Youth Dance/Theater tuition is based on yearly fee payable in 10 equal payments and billed September 2022- June 2023. Short months will be balanced by longer months to fulfill a minimum of 33 meetings per class (the final bill is made on June 2 each season)

Youth Dance/ Theater Tuition is calculated by adding the total number of minutes and hours per week for all youth family members. Families with only ONE student taking 7.25 hours or more of Youth Dance/Theater Classes per week will be charged the Serious Student rate of $534/month.

A $25 late fee will be charged on the 15th day of the month for any outstanding balance on your account. When a tuition or fee account becomes past due for a period of 60 days from its due date the student may be withheld from classes until the delinquency is cured.

There is a two-month minimum enrollment requirement for all classes and private lessons. Notification to withdraw from class must be received in writing by the 7th of the month in order to stop tuition payment for the following month. To withdraw from a class or private lesson, a parent must submit a request in writing. Withdrawals are not accepted via phone.
No withdrawals are accepted after April 1, 2023.

MSA does not offer refunds or credits for classes/lessons missed due to student absence or non-attendance, inclement weather, emergency cancellations or similar circumstances. All production and costume fees are non-refundable.

All fees/tuition must be paid by one of the following:
– Bank draft. A 1% convenience fee will be applied.
– Credit/debit card installments (EFT). A 3% convenience fee will be applied.
All tuition is paid by automatic monthly credit/debit card or bank draft installments. Bills will not be sent.

All tuition and fees must be current in order for student/s to receive costumes and participate in any performances.

The authority to charge the account provided is to remain in full force until contract expires and any balance due is paid in full or Metropolitan School of the Arts has received notice of cancellation with sufficient time to act upon contract as stated above and any balance due is paid in full. Metropolitan School of the Arts will not be liable for any special or consequential damages, whether direct or indirect, for any wrongful debit to my account. Metropolitan School of the Arts reserves the right to cancel and terminate this agreement at any time.

PARTICIPATION TERMS & CONDITIONS

Students missing more than 3 classes after January may not be permitted to participate in the Spring Production and/or Spring Showcases/Recitals and will thereby forfeit all associated costume and production fees.

A student may make up an absence by attending another section of the same or lower level class. A maximum of 3 makeup classes is allowed per student per year.
No refunds are issued on missed classes. No make-ups are guaranteed after April 15 due to performance preparation taking place in class.

To maximize our educational standards, a minimum attendance standard is required and repeated tardiness may affect progress and placement as well as participation in performances.
To provide the most professional experience for your children, the faculty of MSA will enforce the dress code attire beginning the third week of classes. Program-specific dress code information and a list of retailers are available online or by request at the front desk.

Parents wishing to make a change to their student’s schedule must submit a request in writing to the MSA administration. No schedule changes will be accepted after April 1, 2023 without permission from both the Studio Director and class teacher.

Parents must notify the front desk in writing before December 15, 2022 if their student is unable to participate in their end of year performance.

Performing arts require physical skills, and in order to help and facilitate the student’s learning, instructors may guide a movement by physical contact. Physical contact promotes kinesthetic learning and can produce a quicker response to correction than other teaching tools.

MSA operates as a “Come and Go” facility. MSA is not responsible for providing before or after class care/supervision for students. Students are not to be left at the school for excessive periods before or after their classes.

Please label all clothes, shoes, bags and other personal belongings with your student’s name and leave expensive electronics, jewelry and other valuables at home. MSA is not responsible for lost or misplaced/missing property. A Lost & Found is provided, unclaimed items will be donated after 14 days. Parents/students may ask front desk staff for assistance in checking for lost items.

MSA’s schedule of classes and lessons is subject to change or cancellation at any time based on enrollment, faculty availability and studio space constraints. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible if a change to their child’s class or lesson is deemed necessary.

MSA staff may take photographs or videos of students, individually or in groups, attending or taking part in classes, programs and events. These photographs or videos may appear in MSA’s own or other publications, on our website, on social media or in other publicity. Students and/or participants consent to having their photograph taken (or such videos shown) and used for such purposes. Should any publication request to identify the student, MSA will contact the parent for consent. Parents wishing to opt their child(ren) out of MSA social media and marketing must notify MSA administration in writing.

Family Code of Conduct

Metropolitan School of the Arts is a performing arts community on a mission to change the world by inspiring and supporting students, faculty, and staff to reach their fullest potential as artists, innovators and generous citizens. The artistic, intellectual, emotional, physical and social development and well-being of our students is the primary concern of Metropolitan School of the Arts faculty and staff.

In order to create a positive, supportive, and encouraging environment for everyone, the Standards of Conduct outlined below apply to all members of the school community, including students, parents and guardians, school staff, volunteers and visitors:

– Be responsible, respectful and kind.
– Arrive on time and attend all required classes, appointments, rehearsals and performances.
– Inform faculty and administration in a timely manner regarding absences, tardiness and early dismissals.
– Wear the proper dress-code attire.
– Bring necessary materials and equipment.
– Be courteous and receptive when following the instructions of faculty, staff, administration and volunteers.
– Communicate at all times in a positive and honest manner, avoiding abusive, ridiculing, intimidating, and/or demeaning comments and behaviors.
– Keep Metropolitan an environment free from illegal or unauthorized substances, weapons, or any other dangerous devices, both on and off campus.
– Help maintain a safe, clean and orderly environment during all Metropolitan classes, events and activities.
– Preserve the privacy of others and their belongings in an honest and helpful manner.
– Avoid negative or inappropriate commentary about classmates, Metropolitan families, faculty, staff, volunteers and the school in the public sphere.
– Represent Metropolitan in a positive and responsible manner with their words and actions at all times.

LIABILITY WAIVER

I am aware that any physical activity should be undertaken ONLY after consultation with a physician and I assume responsibility for my child doing so. I have advised Metropolitan School of the Arts in writing of any limitations necessitated by my child’s activities due to medical or physical conditions. I hereby hold Metropolitan School of the Arts and its employees or contractees harmless for any cost, claim, injury, damage, or liability incurred at the facility.

COVID

MSA will abide by government health guidelines and therefore classes may be in person, virtual or a mixture of both at any point during the year.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION

We appreciate the confidence expressed in your decision to enroll with Metropolitan School of the Arts. We take our responsibility seriously and will provide the highest quality arts learning experience possible. To ensure you or your child’s safety and enjoyment, we encourage you to share any short-term or long-term health-related or learning needs your child may have so that we may better support their participation. We also encourage you to share optimal learning strategies that may help your child succeed. MSA and MABAC, Metropolitan Anti-Bias Action Committee, is committed to intentionally fostering diversity, understanding, equity, anti-bias, and inclusion throughout our organization. Metropolitan School of the Arts admits students of any gender, race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin. Please contact Sara Hart at sarahart@metropolitanarts.org or Michelle Collier at mcollier@metropolitanarts.org for a confidential discussion.