School Policies & Tuition Schedule 2017-2018
Registration Fee, Tuition Due Dates & Payment Methods
The yearly registration fee for each student is $25, with a family cap of $45, and is due at the time of registration. For the monthly tuition schedule, please refer to the reverse side. The school year starts Monday, September 11th, 2017 and culminates with year-end recitals June 15th and 16th, 2018. Tuition is based on an annual fee due in 10 equal installments. All classes are scheduled to have 34 classes per year. Production/Dress Rehearsal times count as one additional class, totaling 35 class meetings per school year. Please note: The monthly payment does not reflect the number of classes per month. Monthly tuition is calculated by determining fees for 35 class weeks per year, divided by 10 equal payments. The registration fee is due at the time of registration. *New this year – Registration fee payment will hold your child’s place in fall classes. Tuition may be paid at the time of registration or deferred to September 1st, 2017. We encourage everyone to register early to allow PMD time to adjust the fall schedule as needed to accommodate all our dance families. Tuition payments are due in advance of or on the first class of each month. All tuition must be paid no later than the 7th of the month to avoid a late fee. If an account is in arrears more than 60 days, your child may not attend classes until the balance is brought current. All accounts must be current for your child to participate in recital, master classes, Nutcracker, or Team PMD. Cash, check, and credit card payments can be made at the PMD Office. All checks should be made payable to PMD with the student’s full name and payment information in the memo section. Check and credit card payments can also be made online through the PMD Family Portal.
Tuition Refund Policy For All Students
No tuition refunds will be offered for missed lessons or classes dropped by a student under any circumstances. Tuition will not be adjusted for students participating in activities that conflict with their regular dance schedule. Monthly tuition must be maintained to hold your place in class unless there is a valid medical reason provided by a student’s doctor.
Discounts apply to family members living in the same household. The family member with the highest number of class hours shall pay per the fee schedule. All additional siblings will receive a 10% discount.
Late Fees and Charges
A $15 late fee will be added to any account paid after the 7th of the month. If late fees are not paid by the 7th of the following month, additional late fees will be added to your account. Late fees will not be deleted. A $30 charge will be added to accounts for checks returned for insufficient funds.
A total costume charge of $65 for Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, Tap & Tumble, and Ballet, Tap & Tumble are due by November 1st, 2017. There will be no costume balance due in April for these classes, as this amount will include the costume, socks, accessories & props. A total costume charge of $75 for Kindercombo and Primary Tap/Jazz and Junior I Tap/Jazz classes are due by November 1st, 2017. There will be no costume balance due in April for these classes, as this amount will include the costume, tights, accessories & props. Costume deposits of $60 per performance class for all other classes are due by November 1st, 2017. There will be no refunds on costume deposits after December 1st, 2017. In the spring, please refer to the Portal for any costume balances. All balances are due no later than April 1st, 2018. Costumes will be distributed at the end of May. Costumes will not be distributed to any dancer with an outstanding balance on their account. Parents are responsible for any balances once a costume is ordered. Parents are responsible for all alteration fees.
How Payments Are Applied
All payments received will be applied to the oldest charge due on accounts. For example- If tuition is past due, and a payment is received on time for a costume deposit, that payment will be applied to the outstanding tuition balance. This policy applies to all accounts.
Parents must e-mail the office if their child is going to add or drop a class no later than the last week of the month prior to the start of the next month. Parents are responsible for the full monthly tuition if a child drops mid-month. Parents are responsible for the full monthly tuition if a child drops and the parent fails to notify the Office as required.
Email Notifications/ Bulletin Board
Please check your email frequently. All important studio information and updates will be sent via email. If your email address changes from the registration form, please be sure to provide the office with your new email address.
Make-up Classes /Attendance
Students are expected to attend all classes regularly from September through June. Only parents may contact the office regarding absences. If a student misses a class, he/she can take a make-up class at an appropriate level (please read below). Students should complete all make-up classes before April 1st, 2018.
PMD Cancellations/Teacher Absences/Snow Days
Please check the PMD Facebook page or the Office voicemail for information regarding cancelations. Thursday morning classes are automatically canceled if the Wachusett School District cancels school or has a two-hour delay. Between September 2017 and April 1st, 2018 students may attend extra classes free of charge to compensate for any classes that may be unexpectedly canceled, missed due to illness, or conflicts. PMD will not hold any “makeup classes”. The schedule is as follows: Creative Movement & Pre-Ballet through JR III & Hip Hop: 4 extra classes; All intermediate and advanced groups: 8 extra classes. Students may take classes in any appropriate level. Please contact the office prior to attending extra classes. Unused make-up classes will not be carried over to summer or the following fall schedule.
School Etiquette and Behavior
Any inappropriate behavior or language will not be tolerated at PMD and may result in a student’s suspension or expulsion from PMD. PMD encourages and fosters an atmosphere of respect, kindness, and school spirit. Parents are expected to cooperate with PMD as requested for conferences with the Director and/or Faculty as needed. PMD is a private business and reserves the right to request un-enrollment to students as deemed necessary.
Ballet is a required class for all dancers except Acro, Boys Class, or Hip Hop only students. All classes must meet a minimum enrollment to be held weekly. Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment may be combined or canceled. All evening dancers must be able to commit to attending all performances regardless of outside activities. Pointe work: Dancers will be evaluated on an individual basis and will be required to take a minimum of two ballet classes per week. Variations or Pointe classes do not count as a ballet class requirement. Dancers may not register for pointe or variations without also registering for a ballet class.
PMD has a very simple and clear cut Dress Code which all students are required to observe. Proper attire, hair, and shoes are necessary not only for each dancer’s safety, but to also help dancers be prepared and focused in class.
All dancers must carry, always in their dance bag, any supplies they may need while at the studio (ice packs, Band-Aids, Bobbie pins, hair elastics, hair nets, safety pins, etc.). PMD does not supply these items.