A: Academy provides year-round after-school and Saturday enrichment courses for gifted students in grades K through 8. Students have an opportunity to take advanced and hands-on courses that are unlike those you would find in a traditional classroom setting, like Quantum Physics, Microbial Ecology, Programming with Python, Paleozoology, Self-Paced Math, and more!
A: Yes! We have plenty of supervised spaces for students to eat. Out of consideration for those with allergies, we kindly ask that you don’t pack peanut or tree nut products of any kind and that food is not shared with other students.
A: Classes range in size from 3 to 10 students. The small class sizes allow teachers to personalize the content of their classes to the skill, knowledge, and comfort levels of their students. Students are also able to develop deeper connections with their teacher and their peers.
My child is academically advanced for his/her age. How do I determine what grade level classes are appropriate for him/her?
A: Parents are welcome to sign up for more advanced courses. Through out portfolio-based application process, we are able to gauge whether or not a student is ready to take a course. We ask that parents specifically indicate the reason for enrolling in a higher level course in the parent letter and include any sample student work that may help us with our decision.
A: Seat reservations are first come, first serve. However, we do maintain a waitlist for classes in case a student drops a class. We will contact families on the waitlist via email or phone if any spaces become available.
A: Every effort is made to ensure that students have a rewarding first day at Academy and the Academy team would be happy to speak with you about any questions or concerns you may have. We work closely with instructors to make sure students’ and families’ expectations are met and the content is what was hoped for. However, if the class does not seem like a good fit, a student can withdraw before the second week. Please see our refund policy below.
A: Students are expected to follow the Student Code of Conduct and attend weekly classes on time. While homework assignments are optional, teachers may ask students to complete some work outside of class to enhance their learning experience.
A: While each individual class is different, classes are always varied, engaging, stimulating, hands-on, interdisciplinary, and fun. They provide a safe space for positive interactions with peers, inquiry, deep-dives into topics students are passionate about, and project-based mastery.
A: All teachers are expected to submit a summative assessment on each student at the end of each session. Teachers will conduct diagnostic and formative assessments of students’ knowledge throughout the term through various hands-on activities, written work or presentations.
A: Tuition for Fall and Spring sessions ranges from $400 (60 minutes per week) to $650 (90 minutes per week). Additional lab or materials fees of $25-$75 may apply and will be added to the tuition for the course. Tuition for summer classes will vary based on length and duration.
A: A non-refundable $50 deposit is required for each class in which your child enrolls. That deposit will be applied to the total cost of tuition. If your child chooses to drop a class after the first meeting, the deposit will not be refunded. The full balance of tuition is due after the first class meeting. Beginning the second week, no refunds will be given.
A: We will honor the following discounts:
Referral Discount: Receive a one-time $25 discount when you refer a friend. Both students must be enrolled in the same session in order for the referring family to receive the discount.
Sibling Discount: Receive a 10% discount for each sibling enrolled in the same session.
A: Students do not have to be identified as gifted to take Academy classes. Students who are interested in taking Academy classes must complete a portfolio-based application. We try to provide the most optimal match between each student and the specific classes they are interested in taking. Not all students who apply for a class will be accepted.
Supplies and Transportation
A: Please have your child bring a notebook and preferred writing utensil. Unless mentioned ahead of time, all other supplies will be provided by Academy.
A: Certain web- or technology-based classes may require a laptop, however it is not a requirement that students bring their own, as Academy has student laptops on hand. In such cases, further information will be provided by the instructor and Academy staff.
I’m not quite ready to sign my child up for classes, but would like to receive information from IEA more regularly. How can I receive email updates?
A: We would be happy to meet with you! Please call or email to schedule a time to visit. You can also observe part of a class.
A: We do not provide parents with teachers’ personal contact information, however a parent-teacher conference can be scheduled to discuss questions or concerns. The Academy team works closely with teachers to ensure that students’ needs are met.