- All registrations are taken on a first come first serve basis. Full payment is due upon registration.
Withdrawals and Refunds:
Registrations for classes and workshops can be withdrawn prior to seven days before the first class. No refunds or withdrawals are available within seven days of the start date. Registrations withdrawn two weeks prior to the start of the vacation week cannot be refunded. No tuition refunds or credits will be made after that time. There is a $25 administration fee for all withdrawals and refunds. For any tuition payments paid by credit card your full convenience fees will be deducted from your refund.
If a class is full at the time of registration, you may request to be put on a waiting list for that week and we will contact you if a space opens up. Call the office for more information.
Summer Welcome Emails will be sent out the week before your child’s program. Please make sure to include the best email address to reach you.
Updated online emergency forms are mandatory for our summer programs. You will receive a link from our registrar in early June. Forms are due 2 weeks before your program begins. These forms help prepare our faculty and staff to ensure your child and his/her/their peers have the best experience possible at New Art. Please fill these forms out honestly and with detail.
Scholarships are available according to need, on a first come, first serve basis. Please apply here.
New Art Center Programs are sometimes videotaped or photographed for publicity in catalogs, newspaper, radio, television, or on our social media pages. Permission to be included in publicity is implied by enrollment. Please contact the office in writing if you do not wish to be included in publicity.
Parking & Access:
The New Art Center has a small parking lot located off Madison Avenue. Please follow signs regarding the flow of traffic during drop-off and pick-up times. Our facility is partially accessible. Please notify the office of any special circumstances, needs or requirements so that every effort can be made to provide accommodations.
Due to the prevalence of nut allergies, New Art Center is a nut-free environment. No nuts or peanuts, PLEASE.
All medications must be checked in with a staff member prior to the start of the week, with detailed, written instructions. Children may not keep medication in their backpacks or lunch boxes, and all medications will be administered by a staff member, according to parental instructions. Parents must submit an emergency form for each enrolled child.
Behavioral Management Policy:
Students must be able to function independently or be accompanied by an aide. As each week begins, teachers will discuss appropriate behavior, language, and the safe respectful use of materials in the classroom.
Behavioral Management for Young Students
New Art Center’s behavior management policy is intended to teach and promote self-regulation while ensuring the safety of each student. Staff set consistent, reasonable, and appropriate limits that take into account the individual needs and development of each student. Positive and reasonable responses are sought for all problems in order to maximize learning, growth, and development. All efforts are made to offer choices to help children formulate appropriate actions based on their social and emotional needs and to provide an opportunity for discussion and reflection. Children are supervised at all times.
Children are encouraged to understand that all feelings are legitimate, whether it is anger, frustration, silliness, sadness, etc. Those feelings are recognized, but children are held responsible for their actions. Children are most invested in a code of behavior that they help formulate. Children are incorporated into the rule-making process, especially as it concerns group decisions of preference, yet never where a certain decision may injure the emotional or physical well being of other children.
Behavior issues are viewed and addressed as either aggressive or non-aggressive.
Non-aggressive behavior includes but is not limited to: disregarding teacher instructions, leaving the studio without permission, and interfering with other students’ ability to listen or participate in activities.
Aggressive behavior is defined as any act that is harmful or threatening to oneself, threatens physical or emotional harm to other children or staff, deliberate destruction of New Art Center property or that of others and behavior that requires constant adult corrective action. Aggressive behavior is viewed very seriously. The following steps are taken to address behavior issues.
The child is given one or two verbal warnings that include a reason for the warning with an example of positive behavior. If that action fails, the child is given a 5-10 minute break, followed by an explanation of what the correct behavior is and why the warnings were given. This break is not presented as punishment, but as a way to slow down and reflect on or reconsider the situation. At this time, the instructor has a dialogue with the child to determine the appropriate options for the situation – such as to rejoin the activity, keep taking a break, or focus on a different activity.
In cases of aggressive behavior or repetitive non-aggressive behavior, appropriate action is taken by the Director of Education. The Director will assess the severity of the situation and will proceed with one of the following responses: removing the child from class for the rest of the class period, contacting the parents/guardian(s), scheduling a conference with the parents/guardian(s), termination or suspension.
If an instructor feels that a worrying dynamic is developing among students, they are encouraged to speak with the Director of Education right away. Solutions could include, physically separating students by assigning them to different work areas, working as a class to create community guidelines, or arranging for a meeting with parents and students to work through problems or disagreements.
In no case will a child be subjected to abuse or neglect, cruel, unusual, severe, or corporal punishment including: any type of physical hitting inflicted in any manner upon the body; punishments which subject a child to verbal abuse, ridicule, or humiliation; denial of food or force of feeding or punishment related to eating or not eating food; denial or rest of use of bathroom facilities or disciplining for soiling, wetting, or not using the toilet.