|My child is almost 4 may I enroll them in classes?
Kaleidoscope does not admit students younger than 4 years old, and they must be four by the first day of class. If your child is not the correct age they will not be allowed to continue in a class, and tuition will not be refunded. Back to Top of Page
My child has a late birthday, or should be in the next grade, may I enroll them in those classes?
Kaleidoscope registers according to the grade the student is officially enrolled in. Back to Top of Page
My child is very talented, can they be enrolled in the older classes?
Kaleidoscope has so many talented children, in order to be fair to everyone students must register for the grade they are officially in. Class sizes are small,and teachers will strive to give their more advanced students extra challenges within the scope of the projects. Back to Top of Page
What grade is Junior High?
Kaleidoscope considers 6thgrade to be junior high level. Back to Top of Page
During the summer what grade is my child considered?
For our summer programs Kaleidoscope registers by the grade the student has completed, not the grade they are entering. Back to Top of Page
Do you have make up classes?
We are sorry, but we are unable to provide make up classes. For a variety of reasons students need to miss class, but unfortunately we are not able to accommodate make ups. Most often we do not offer the same class with the same instructor, so there is not really a “make up time.” Different classes and instructors would be working on different projects and oftentimes projects overlap from week to week. Additionally,classes are often full and there may not be room to accommodate an additional student. If your child will miss class please inform the instructor or the office. If your child is sick, please do not send them to class.
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What is Your Cancellation Policy?
All changes and cancellations are subject to a service charge. If you need to change or cancel prior to the cancellation date there will be a 10% service charge. After the cancellation date there is a 50% service charge if we are unable to fill the spot. On or after the first day of class there are no refunds, no credits. (Check the brochure for cancellation date for the session) Back to Top of Page
What is the “best” way to register?
For the best selection of classes we advise participating in our lottery system. Beginning one week prior to registration you may come in to the office to pick a number. Numbers are randomly drawn. This number will assign you specific time to come in during the first few hours of registration.
Sample of number:
Come to Kaleidoscope at 8:15am to register. You are number 5 at that time.
Bring this number with you to registration. You may register for your immediate family and one other family with your number. You may not draw a number for someone else. We begin calling numbers promptly at the assigned times. If you can’t make your time you may come anytimeafter, or wait until open registration.
This system is designed to be as fair as possible to all of our students, and to alleviate lengthy waiting times that occurred when it was simply first come first served… Back to Top of Page
What if I can’t come to registration?
You may phone in your registration. Calls are accepted beginning at 8am the first morning of registration. The first few hours of registration can be quite busy,and there is only one line so be prepared to use redial. Please have your class selections ready so we may help as many people as possible.
You may drop off or mail inyour registration. Fill out our registration form and drop it off or mail it in to Kaleidoscope. You may want to consider indicating a first choice and second choice of classes in case the classes you want are full. Registrations will be processed in the order that they were received after the lottery times are over.
Open Registration. After the lottery times are over it is open registration. You may call in or walk in anytime to register for available classes.
(Please Note: Each session has a different demand for classes which is difficult to predict. We do our best to accommodate as many students as possible. Some classes do fill that first morning of registration,others might be open until the first day of class. It never hurts to check to see if a class is open, even if you think everything is going to be full! If a class does not meet minimum enrollment it will be cancelled (approximately 1 week prior to the first day of class). Back to Top of Page
The class I want is full, is it worth going on a waiting list?
Absolutely! Although it is always unpredictable, waiting lists do work! We often have changes and cancellations, especially during the summer months. Back to Top of Page
How does the wait list work?
Leave the student’s name and the best number to contact you and we will let you know if we have an opening. If your plans have changed in the interim,there is no obligation to enroll in the class. There is no rhyme or reason as to when changes and cancellations occur,sometimes it happens as late as the first day of class. Although you are welcome to check your waitlist status, the Kaleidoscope office will contact you if there is an opening. Occasionally if we have a lengthy waiting list, an open room, and an available teacher we may even be able to add a class. Back to Top of Page
Will I receive a confirmation?
Kaleidoscope does not send out confirmations. Please mark your calendar when you sign up for a class. A receipt and/or copy of your registration can be mailed upon request. Back to Top of Page
Does my child need to have experience or natural ability to attend classes?
Students age four and older at any skill level are welcome to attend. It is important to place your children in art classes only if they are interested and enthusiastic about attending. In order to maintain a friendly and creative environment conducive to learning it is crucial that students understand thatdisruptive behavior inhibits their ability to learn as well as interfering with the enjoyment of other students in the class.
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What class should my child take first?
It is not necessary to take classes in any particular order. Enroll your student in the classes they are most interested in. Back to Top of Page
Do Classes Repeat?
Kaleidoscope’s instructors are always coming up with wonderful new projects to keep the curriculum fresh and exciting. Students may take the same class again and again, and the class will not repeat. Like playing a sport or an instrument, your child will improve in skill, appreciation, and confidence.
(Exceptions to this would be a very specific class such as “Nativity in Clay” where the class is focused on creating that particular project. Even in this case we have had students repeat so they could share their wonderful artwork with a lucky grandparent!)
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What if I forgot to pick up my child’s artwork?
Due to the large number of students we have we cannot keep artwork indefinitely. Kaleidoscope’s policy is to keep the artwork for two weeks following the end of the session or special show. If more than two weeks have passed you can still come in or call the office to check for unclaimed artwork. Some art may be hanging on a wall, or out in the Kaleidoscope garden. It’s worth a look! Back to Top of Page
Can my child accompany me when I attend an adult class?
We are sorry, but children are not permitted to accompany their parents to adult classes. Back to Top of Page
Who is eligible for scholarships?
During the difficult times art can make a difference in our lives. Students in financial need or in crisis may apply for a Kaleidoscope Art Scholarship. There is a short form to fill out. Kaleidoscope requests those who are able pay for a portion of the class fee. If this is not feasiblestudents may apply for full scholarship. If you receive a scholarship you are expected to attend all classes unless there is an illness, or other unavoidable circumstance.
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