2019 | 20 School Session
Registration & Tuition
Bay Area Ballet Conservatory requires the following annual registration fee for all new and existing students:
$65 per family
New students are not accepted after February 28, 2020 for the 2019/20 School Session, unless special exception is given by Artistic Director
BABC’s 2019/20 School Session runs August 19, 2019 – June 5, 2020. Tuition is charged in up to 10 equal installments, August 2019 – May 2020. Tuition installments are calculated with our school closures and holidays taken in to account. Therefore, monthly tuition installments will not be prorated for any closures or holidays.
The rates listed below are the monthly costs for each level’s base classes. Additional class sessions added are at the “Other classes” rate. Discounts are available when signing up for a total of 4 or more class sessions per week. No charge for any classes added over 12 class sessions per week. Please contact the school for details.
|Class/Level||Rate Per Month|
|Parent & Me||$59.50|
|Pre ballet 1 & 2, Ballet & Tap Combo||$79.55|
|Level 1A & 1B||$81.40|
|Level 2, Level 3||$174.80|
Tuition for the first month/installment will be due upon registration. Otherwise, tuition is due on the 1st of each month and considered late on the 10th of the month. Auto payments will be run on the 1st of each month, or the closest business day. Families who pay cash or check must keep a credit card on file. If payment has not been received by the 10th of the month, the card on file will be processed.
A $25 late fee will be applied to payments made after the 10th of each month, for bounced checks and for rejected credit cards. BABC reserves the right to refuse service to students whose account is past due.
Policies & Procedures
Student Placement & Advancement
Creative Movement, Pre Ballet 1, Pre Ballet 2 and Level 1A typically can be determined based on our age guidelines. After Level 1A, placement will be determined by a placement class for new students or faculty recommendation for current students. Students do not advance mid-year, unless on the rare occasion it is recommended by both Artistic Director and faculty. If a mid-year advancement is suggested, the move will be made as of January during the School Session (August - June).
Students in our Primary Division typically spend one full academic year in each level. There are circumstances, such as a student enrolling late in the School Session or poor attendance, where a student will be recommended to remain in their current level for a longer length of time.
Students in our Dance and Pre-Professional Divisions should anticipate spending multiple years in each level. The higher the level, the longer the length of time the student can expect to spend in that level mastering the material.
Arrival & Departure
Parking: Complimentary parking is available in spaces numbered 271 and 275. Please do not park in front of our front door.
Arrival: Students must enter the building wearing street shoes and clothes over his/her uniform.
Students in Primary and Dance Divisions should arrive 10 minutes prior to the start class.
Students in Pre-professional Division should arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of class.
A parent/guardian of Creative Movement students must remain in the building during the duration of class.
Students should not be dropped off more than 30 minutes early for their class. Our faculty and staff are not a daycare service.
Late Arrival: Once class is in progress, students are to wait outside of the classroom door and enter only when music is not playing. Upon entering classroom, students are to wait until teacher invites them to join the class and curtsy/bow to the teacher. As late arrivals can cause a student to miss important warm-up exercises, students more than 10 minutes late may be asked to sit and observe class at the discretion of the teacher. This is for the safety of the student. Refunds or Make-Up classes are not granted for classes a student has been asked to observe due to tardiness. Frequent tardiness can cause a delay in a student’s progress and level placement.
Waiting: Parents are welcome to wait for class to be dismissed in the Lobby or seating provided in hallways. We request all parents of Creative Movement students stay in the building during the duration of the class. Otherwise, parents are also welcome to leave and return 5 minutes prior to the completion of their child’s class. BABC has complimentary WiFi.
Departure: All students should depart from classes wearing street shoes and clothes over his/her uniform. Students are not to wait outside for pickup.
Students must be picked up within 15 minutes of the end of their class. If you are unable to pick up your student in a timely fashion, please contact the school at 650.745.8239. Parents will be charged a fee of $15 per half hour for any time the staff must wait with student beyond the allowed pick-up time.
Students are expected to attend every class for which they are scheduled. Consistent attendance is crucial to the success of a dancer’s training. It is also critical that students arrive to class on time, focused and ready to learn.
To Report an Absence: Please report prior to the start of your child’s scheduled class time by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write “absent,” your child’s name and level in your subject line. Example: Absent – Maria Taglioni – PreBallet 1. In the body of the email, please state the reason for your child’s absence. Email is best, but to report an absence by calling, please call 650.745.8239. When leaving a message, please leave your child’s name, level and date of absence.
To Report Extended Absences: Please submit an extended absence request via email to email@example.com at least one week prior to the date(s) of absence. Please write “absence request,” your child’s name and level in your subject line. Example: Absence Request – Mikhail Baryishnikov – Pre-Ballet 1. In the body of the email, please state the reason for your child’s absence.
Excessive Absences: Please keep absences to a minimum. Excessive absences will negatively effect a students progress Consistency in attendance is a key factor to your student’s success in their dance training. Students with excessive absences my be removed from participation from the Year-End Student Concert performance at the discretion of student’s teacher and BABC Artistic Director.
BABC has high expectations for the dedication and effort of our Pre-Professional Division students, which includes exceptional attendance.
Make-up classes may be available on a limited basis. Make-up classes may be taken in current or lower level and must be scheduled in advance with the front desk or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Make-up classes may not be available for some levels due to scheduling conflicts and are not available in classes that are full.
A maximum of 4 make-up classes may be scheduled during each semester (August – December and January – May 1) and must be taken within 30 days of the missed class. Exception can be made at the discretion of Artistic Director if student has missed four or more weeks of classes due to injury or illness. No make-up lessons will be available past May 1, 2020 due to Year-End Student Concert preparations. No make-up classes will be scheduled during “Peek Week” - parent observation classes. Make-Ups cannot be transferred to different sessions. (For example, a missed class from School Session may not be made up during Summer Session.)
Refunds & Credit
Tuition and Registration Fees are non-refundable. Refunds or credits are not provided for when class is not held during school holidays. These holidays were already factored in to your tuition.
Tuition credits are not available for missed classes. Exception can be made at the discretion of the Artistic Director and School Owners if student has missed four or more weeks of classes due to injury or illness, with a doctor's note.
Withdrawal & Adding/Dropping Classes
In the event of a withdrawal from classes, please notify the School by completing a "Withdraw/Add/Drop" form, available at the front desk. The School must receive the Withdraw/Add/Drop form by the 20th of the end of the month to terminate enrollment and not be charged for the following month or future months.
Your student may switch to an equivalent level class (i.e. from Saturday Level 1 to Thursday Level 1) only if there is space available. Switching classes is only possible if done prior to February 1, due to year-end performance preparations. Students are limited to one switch per School Session. To switch classes, please complete an Withdraw/Add/Drop form, available at the front desk. Please note that tuition may be impacted by adding, dropping or switching classes
"Peek Weeks" | Parent Observation
Bay Area Ballet Conservatory offers 2 Parent Observation weeks throughout the School Session where family is invited into the classroom to observe. These weeks are noted on the School Calendar. Parents may only view classes during scheduled Peek Weeks. Make-up observation days are not available.
Peek Week is not open to the public and is limited to Parent/Guardians. Immediate family is welcome, as space permits. Due to space limitations, please contact email@example.com to request more than 2 observing family members.
Cameras, Video Equipment, or use of camera/video on mobile devices is NOT permitted in the studios during Peek Week. Parents may take a quick picture of their student in the classroom after the end of class.
Student Rules & Conduct
With the goal of creating a safe, welcoming and positive experience for all students, Bay Area Ballet Conservatory holds students and staff to a high standard of professionalism. BABC expects its students, families, faculty and staff to demonstrate respect for others and the facilities, in order to promote an environment which is safe, positive and welcoming.
Bay Area Ballet Conservatory, at the sole discretion of is Administration, reserves the right to dismiss any student whose conduct is found unsatisfactory.
Creative Movement Code of Conduct
Please keep absences to a minimum. Consistency is key to your child’s learning! If student will be absent, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please arrive at least 10 minute prior to the start of class.
Please do not allow your child to enter a classroom without the presence of an instructor.
Please make sure your child has used the restroom prior to the start of class.
Please do not leave the building during your child’s class.
Please dress your child in clothing that is easy for him/her to move in. No jeans or zippers.
Girls must have their hair pulled back in a pony-tail or ballet bun.
Parents must not enter the classroom unless invited by the instructor.
Parents are not allowed to observe class except during Peek Week - Parent Observation classes.
Please do not hover at the door and peek in while class is in session.
Children that become upset during class, and are not able to be calmed by the instructor, will be released to parent/guardian. When child is calm, parent may bring child back to class.
Primary & Dance Division Code of Conduct
Students are to keep their absences to a minimum. If student will be absent, please contact email@example.com
Students are to arrive 10 minutes before the start of class.
Students are expected to be standing quietly in a line prior to the start of class.
Students are to use the restroom prior to the start of class.
Students are to refrain from yelling at all times.
If a student is late to class, the student is to enter the classroom quietly and wait to be invited to join class by the teacher.
·Students are expected to curtsy/bow at the end of class as a sign of respect for the teacher.
If a student needs to leave class early, they must notify their teacher before the beginning of class.
Students are to treat the Bay Area Ballet Conservatory facilities with respect and do his/her part to keep it clean.
·Students are not to hang on Barres, swing around hallway poles, perform cartwheels in lobby/kitchen areas, stand on dressing room shelving/seats, stand on lobby couches, or run in the building.
Students are asked to strictly adhere to the Dress Code.
Girls are to have hair in a secure, tidy bun at all times. Boys are to have a tidy and combed appearance at all times.
Pre-Professional Division Code of Conduct
Exceptional attendance is expected for all students in Pre-Professional Division classes. Absences must be kept to an absolute minimum. Poor attendance will result in faculty or artistic director expressing concern to the student and family. If, after concern is expressed, improvement is not observed, the following actions may be taken:
Student may be reassigned to a lower level due to falling behind and no longer keeping pace with the rest of the class.
Pointe students may be taken off pointe due to not meeting minimum pointe requirements and falling behind.
Students may be removed in part or in full from Annual Student Concert and/or special events such as Youth American Grand Prix competition and Youth Company performances.
If your student is injured, he/she is expected to report to class to learn by observation, unless permission from Artistic Director is given for an extended leave due to injury. Please communicate all injuries and feedback from doctors and physical therapists to student's main teacher(s) and artistic director.
Students are to arrive 15 minutes before the start of class.
For Levels 2 and 3 - Students are expected to be standing quietly in a line outside of classroom, prior to the start of class.
For levels 4A and up, students are expected to be stretching quietly prior to the start of class, and to stand up when the teacher enters the room.
Students are to refrain from talking during class. Students are to refrain from yelling at all times.
If a student is late to class, the student is expected to stand at the entrance to the classroom and wait to be invited in by the teacher.
Students in Level 4A and up are expected to applaud at the end of class as a sign of respect for the teacher.
If a student needs to leave class early, they must notify their teacher before the beginning of class.
Students are to treat the BABC facilities with respect and do his/her part to keep it clean.
Students are not to hang on Barres, swing around hallway poles, perform cartwheels in lobby/kitchen areas or stand on dressing room shelving/seats.
·Students are expected to set a good example which includes language and conversation content within the classroom, on the premises of the BABC (including the lobby, dressing rooms and restrooms), and while representing BABC in the community and on social media.
·Students are asked to strictly adhere to the Dress Code.
·No gum, candy or food is allowed in the studios, water bottles only.
·Students are to show BABC faculty and staff the utmost respect at all times. Students are to treat their peers with kindness and respect at all times. BABC will not tolerate any bullying.
NO cell phones are allowed in studios at any time. Cell phones must be kept on silent in the dressing room during class.
Students may not film or take photographs in the studio without the permission of a staff/faculty member.
When students are at BABC performances or events, they should conduct themselves in a mature manner as representatives of Bay Area Ballet Conservatory.