Academy FAQs | Programs | Institute for Educational Advancement
 

About

 

A: Academy provides year-round 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!

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A: Our students range from 5 to 14 years old. Classes are grouped by suggested age range. Class placement can be flexible depending on individual advisement.

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A: The IEA Learning Center is located at 540 South Marengo Avenue in Pasadena, CA. Free 2-hour street parking is available on designated streets.

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A: Yes. Online classes are held live via Zoom and are limited to 5-8 students, guaranteeing personalized attention from instructors and encouraging increased student interactions during virtual sessions. Online classes also utilize Moodle, a web-based platform where students can access course materials, post their work, and message their instructors with any questions. Please note that recording of live online classes is not permitted per IEA’s privacy policy. If your child will be absent, please let us know and we will be happy to reach out to the instructor for any materials that can help keep your child informed on what was missed.

Tuition for Online Academy courses varies based on session length and class duration. Some additional materials fees and supply purchases may apply and will be listed in the course description. A full supplies list will be provided in the syllabus upon your child’s confirmed enrollment.

For information on upcoming session dates, course offerings, and tuition rates, please visit our Academy Application and Schedule page here.

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Schedule

 

A: Academy offers advanced classes in math, science and the humanities.

Students are welcome to take as few or as many classes as they like. For a complete list of our current offerings please visit our Academy Application and Schedulepage here.

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A: Academy classes run 60-90 minutes in length unless otherwise noted. In the spring and fall, classes meet once per week for 12 weeks Monday through Friday from 4:00-5:30pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am-3:30pm. Classes are also offered on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the day to provide options for homeschool families. During the summer months, classes meet daily Monday through Friday and are scheduled throughout the day. Please note that session dates and class times will vary. For information on our upcoming session, please visit our Academy Application and Schedule page here.

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A: Students can enroll in as many classes as they would like.Feel free to reach out to the Academy team with any questions on best fit for your child.

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A: Academy is offered year-round. Session dates are subject to change, however, Academy fall and spring sessions generally align with an academic semester. Summer sessions take place June through August. For information on our upcoming session dates, please visit our Academy Application and Schedule page here.

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A: Yes! We have plenty of supervised spaces for students to eat before and after class. 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.

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Classes

 

A: Classes range in size from 4 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.

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A: Academy classes are grouped by suggested age range and are designed for bright, curious minds. Our portfolio-style application provides opportunity for families to share quantitative and qualitative information that can help determine best fit based on your child’s interests and abilities. We encourage you to reach out for individual advisement as each class is unique in content and instructional approach.

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A: Placement in requested classes is first come, first serve. However, we do maintain a waitlist for classes in case a student withdraws from a class. We will contact families on the waitlist via email or phone if any spaces become available. We also encourage families to let us know if their child would be interested in an alternative placement should their first choice be unavailable.   

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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. No payment is due until your child’s placement is confirmed, at which time, a non-refundable $50 deposit is required per confirmed class. The tuition less paid deposits is due after the first class meeting. Should your child withdraw before the second class meeting, you are responsible for the deposit amount only. No refunds are given for withdrawals after the second class.

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Academics

 

A: Students are expected to attend classes regularly and on time. While homework assignments are optional, teachers may ask students to complete some work outside of class to enhance their learning experience. Students are also expected to follow Academy’s Student Code of Conduct, which supports IEA’s core values of Integrity, Creativity, Passion and Perseverance.

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A: Academy classes provide a safe space for positive interactions with peers, inquiry, deep-dives into topics students are passionate about, and project-based mastery. While each individual class is different, classes are always varied, engaging, stimulating, hands-on, interdisciplinary, and fun.

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A: Classes are taught by skilled educators and content area professionals who embrace the continual pursuit of knowledge and exploration of ideas. For a list of the Academy instructors for this session, click here.

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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.

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Tuition

 

A: Tuition for the 12-week in-person Fall and Spring sessions ranges per course from $400 (60 minutes per week) to $650 (90 minutes per week) unless otherwise noted. Additional lab or materials fees of $25-$75 may apply and will be added to the tuition. Tuition for Summer and Online classes varies based on session length and class duration. No payment is due until your child’s class placement is confirmed, at which time, a non-refundable $50 deposit is required per confirmed class. The tuition less the paid deposits is due after the first class meeting.

For more information on tuition, discounts and payment, please visit our Academy Application and Schedule page here.

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A: Yes. A non-refundable $50 deposit per course is required at the time your child’s class placement is confirmed. This deposit secures you child’s spot and will be applied to your total tuition amount.

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A: Yes. Discounts are subject to change and may include Sibling, Multiple Class, and Refer-A-Friend. For a current list of discounts offered in our upcoming session, please visit our Academy Application and Schedule page here.

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A: Yes. Financial aid and payment plans are available for families in need. Financial aid is awarded on a first-come-first-served basis to qualified applicants. Please click here to fill out a Financial Aid Request form to receive IEA’s Financial Aid materials or to request a payment plan.

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A: Yes. There are no refunds for missed classes. Make-up classes are offered only in the case of an instructor’s absence. If your child will be absent, please let us know and we will be happy to reach out to your instructor for any materials that can help keep your child informed on what was missed. Please note that recording of live online classes is not permitted per IEA’s privacy policy.

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Applying

 

A: Applicants 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, including children who may already be enrolled in or applying to another IEA program. Submission of assessment scores and transcripts are optional, however, we encourage families to include as much information in their application as possible to help us determine optimal placement in the program. For more information, please visit our How to Apply page here.

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A: Your child’s Academy enrollment begins with the submission of IEA’s portfolio-style application. For more details, including how to create an account through our Community Portal, please visit our How to Apply page here.

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A: The New Student Academy application consists of three parts which must be approved by an Academy team member before your child may register for a class. They include:

Part I (General and Student Contact info)

Part II (Medical)

Part III (Enrollment)

Applicants do not have to be formally identified as gifted to take Academy classes. Submission of assessment scores and transcripts are optional, however, we encourage families to include as much information in the application as possible to help us understand the child’s needs and interests for best placement. For more information, please visit our How to Apply page here.

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Supplies and Transportation

 

A: Students who join for class at our Learning Center may bring a notebook and preferred writing utensil. Unless otherwise noted, all other supplies will be provided. We recommend that students leave their technological devices such as laptops or tablets at home unless requested by their instructor.

For online classes, a full supplies list will be provided in the syllabus upon your child’s confirmed enrollment.

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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.

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A: Parents and/or legal guardians are responsible to drop-off and pick-up their child each class.

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Contact

 

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A: We would be happy to meet with you! Please call or email to schedule a time to visit. Class observations can be arranged by appointment.

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A: While we do not provide teachers’ personal contact information, we will be happy to arrange for a parent-teacher conference to discuss any questions or concerns you may have. Participants in online courses may message their instructor directly through the Moodle platform.

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