Policy & Fees (Registration Part 1)

 You must read our Policies & Fees and agree to the terms
before you can advance to Registration.

 

POLICIES

I. TUITION

  1. Tuition is paid in advance for all lessons/classes. Auto-pay is available for all private lessons and group classes. We accept all major credit cards and debit cards. We do not accept cash or checks. Auto-debit can be canceled at any time by email or phone call.

    Tuition is due on the 1st of each month for the upcoming month. Our tuition is based on the average lessons received within the calendar year. Tuition is the same whether there are 2, 3, 4, or 5 weeks in a month, and refunds will not be given for missed lessons.

     

  2. Upon deciding to withdraw from lessons, LIA requires the parent/guardian to fill out and turn in a withdrawal notice 30 days from the time they wish to stop lessons. The withdrawal form is easily found under 'Contact' on the
    website menu above. 

     

  3. Tuition is due whether your child attends class or not during a given month unless notice is received 30 days in advance that they will not be attending for a particular month. All charges will be suspended until the student returns. You will be expected to pay full tuition for the month the student is out without advanced notice. Remember, you are paying for your child's seat in a class and/or a scheduled lesson time.

 

Ia. LATE FEE POLICY

  1. Tuition payments are due on the 1st of each month. Tuition is considered late if it is not received by the 5th of the month.
    There is a $20 late fee for ALL late tuition payments. The late tuition payment fee is increased by $20 each week until the account is paid in full. If the total bill is not paid by the date set, the student will not be allowed to attend class. 

    All fees must be paid in full before any recital, art showcase, or performance, or the student will not be able to participate.

ATTITUDES and RULES OF BEHAVIOR

II. ATTITUDE RULES 

What you are paying us to cultivate in your student(s) in relation to their participation.

  • Appreciation - Appreciating the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.

  • Commitment - Being committed to their own learning, persevering, and showing self-discipline and responsibility.

  • Confidence - Feeling confident in their ability as learners, courage to take risks, apply what they have learned, and make appropriate decisions and choices.

  • Cooperation - Cooperating, collaborating, and leading or following as the situation demands.

  • Creativity - Being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.

  • Curiosity - Being curious about the nature of learning, the world, its people, and cultures.

  • Empathy - Imagining themselves in another’s situation in order to understand his or her reasoning and emotions, so as to be open-minded and reflective about the perspectives of others.

  • Enthusiasm - Enjoying learning and willingly putting the effort into the process

  • Independence - Thinking and acting independently, making their own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend their judgments.

  • Integrity - Being honest and demonstrating a considered sense of fairness.

  • Respect - Respecting themselves, others, and the world around them.

  • Tolerance - Being sensitive to differences and diversity in the world and being responsive to the needs of others.

If you decide to register your child, please review these attitudes and behaviors.
 

III. BEHAVIOR RULES 

 

What you are not paying us to deal with from your student in relation to their participation.

  1. Disruptive behavior of a hurtful nature WILL NOT BE TOLERATED under ANY circumstances. Your child may be dismissed from the program without warning.
     

  2. Disrespectful behavior in words or deeds to any teacher, adult, or fellow student WILL NOT BE TOLERATED under ANY circumstances. Your child may be dismissed from the program without warning. 

 

Disruptive & Disrespectful behavior can be defined as the following:

  • Fighting = Immediate dismissal. No Exceptions

  • Talking back to their instructor

  • Bullying other students

  • Touching other students inappropriately

  • Not listening in class during instruction

  • Talking down to another student

  • Taking things without permission

  • Texting or talking on a cell phone during class - 2 warnings, then dismissal from the program. No Exceptions.  

 

If you decide to register your child, please review these rules. Warnings are given at our discretion.

 

NOTE: LIA is a private institute not associated with any school district. These rules of conduct are the rules of the Institute and therefore cannot be negotiated, subjugated, or challenged through any public or private school agency. If you do not think you can, as a parent, respect these attitudes and rules of behavior, or you believe your child cannot abide by them, it might be wise to seek another program alternative.
 

IV. ATTENDANCE

  1. Upon enrollment, a lesson/class time will be assigned based on the time available. Since our teachers are contracted by the lesson time, students are required to attend all scheduled lessons on time.  Please be sure to choose a time that you can commit to on a regular basis.
     

  2. If a private music student is 15 minutes late, they will be considered absent, and the teacher will be dismissed.
     

  3. If the private music teacher has to miss the scheduled lesson, a qualified substitute or a makeup lesson will be provided.
     

  4. No refunds or make-up lessons will be given for missed or canceled lessons less than 24 hours before the scheduled time. (Make-up lessons are at the discretion of the instructor.) You are allowed two emergency cancellations for the year.
     

  5. If a parent calls 24 hours before their child's scheduled lesson time, they are eligible to schedule a makeup lesson. As a courtesy to the teacher, please call our office by 5 pm the day before you are going to miss a lesson.
     

  6. Holding your student out due to financial difficulty does not exempt you from paying tuition. You are required to withdraw them 30 days before they are scheduled to stop formally. If you are having financial difficulty, you are encouraged to communicate with us so we may help you. Our accounting system does allow you to make partial payments towards the current month's tuition. However, it must be paid in full before the next tuition billing cycle ends.
     

  7. Students are to be picked up on time after their lessons/classes. Parents will be billed $20 every 10 minutes the teacher or administrator has to wait past class time. Please make arrangements for your child to be picked up on time. Emergencies happen, so as a courtesy, each household is given two (2) emergency cancellations for the year.
     

  8. Because we serve all children from all scholastic environments (Charter, Private, and Public), we maintain a policy that parents are to drop their students off at class and allow the teachers to engage with them during instruction free from distractions or of parents seated in or outside their classrooms during the child's activity period. This is a liability issue with major legal repercussions. No exceptions.
     

  9. Students who are 15 minutes late to dance class will have to sit out (not be able to participate) until the next class.

 
V. DELINQUENT ACCOUNT POLICY

 

Withdrawing your child prior to paying tuition will not alleviate your responsibility to pay your student's tuition, a 30-day written notice is required. Please see II. Attendance: #6 above.

If your account becomes 30 days past due, we will refer the account to collections. In this event, the student becomes inactive and is unable to be seen for lessons. In addition, all charges will be forwarded to collections, and a 50% collections fee will be assessed. We are dedicated to providing excellence in the arts to your child, and we expect the same commitment in terms of fiscal responsibility for students' education from their parents. If you are having financial difficulty, you are encouraged to communicate with us so we may help you.

VI. REFUNDS

 

Tuition and material/production fees are Non-Refundable. Notification to withdraw from a class must be received in writing by LIA 30 days in advance in order to stop tuition payment for the following month. No exceptions. Full refunds will be granted only if no classes have been taken or a class is canceled by the Institute. A refund will be refunded by cashier's check or company check in the name of the parent/guardian who registered the student approximately 30 days after the refund request is made.

 

VII. CLOSINGS

 

LIA is open 9-10 months every year and follows the Palmdale School District schedule of major holiday closings (Thanksgiving, Winter Break, Spring Break, and National Holidays). We will be open on minimum days but closed on pupil-free days.

 

FEES

Fees are subject to change without notice.
10% discount available for classes paid in full for the year.

 

ACTING LESSONS YOUTH

Group Lessons 5 or more students - 15 maximum (Price is per student. Sibling discounts available.)

  • (2) 60 Minute Lessons - $90 per month two classes per week
    (9 month financial commitment = $810/yr)

Private Acting Lessons (1:1)

  • (1) 60 Minute Lesson - $200 per month 1 class per week  
    (9 Month financial commitment = $1800/yr)*

ACTING LESSONS ADULT

Group Lessons 5 or more students - 10 maximum (Price is per student/session)

(1) 2-hour Lessons Weekly - $250 per month 
(2 month session financial commitment = $500) 

ARTS LESSONS

Group Lessons 5 or more students - 15 maximum (Price is per student. Sibling discounts available.)

  • (2) 60 Minute Lessons - $90 per month two classes per week
    (9 month financial commitment = $810/yr)*

Private Art Lessons (1:1) Must request

  • (1) 60 Minute Lesson - $250 per month 1 class per week  
    (9 Month financial commitment = $2,250/yr)*

DANCE LESSONS

Group Lessons 5 or more students - 15 maximum (Price is per student. Sibling discounts available.)

  • (2) 60 Minute Lessons - $90 per month two classes per week
    (9 month financial commitment = $810/yr)*

MEDIA ARTS & ANIMATION LESSONS

Group Lessons 5 or more students - 10 maximum (Price is per student. Sibling discounts are available)

  • (2) 60 Minute Lessons - $90 per month two classes per week
    (9 month financial commitment = $810/yr)** 

 

MUSIC LESSONS

    Private Lessons (1:1)

  • (1) 30 Minute Lesson - $120 per month Private 1:1
    (9 month financial commitment = $1080/yr)*

  • (1) 60 Minute Lesson - $240 per month Private 1:1
    (9 month financial commitment = $2160/yr)*

 

*     Semester material fees are $60 per student.
**   Yearly software/hardware fees are $75 per student
.

 

(50% of your tuition will be treated as a donation to the Laity Arts Foundation. Therefore, you will be able to write off 50% of the tuition fees for tax purposes. Consult your CPA.)

Tuition will not be returned or refunds given if the student misses class. Tuition holds your child's seat monthly. If our teacher misses class due to illness or personal business, you will receive a credit to your child's account, which will be settled at the end of the school year.

I HAVE READ AND UNDERSTAND THE POLICIES & FEES AS IT RELATES TO MY RESPONSIBILITY AS A PARENT OR GUARDIAN FOR MY CHILD'S TUITION.

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