Parent FAQ

Next Generation Empowerment "The Path To Success" Summer Academy 

For Rising 5th Grade And Rising 9th Grade Students

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Here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive concerning our summer academy.

PURPOSE AND EXPECTATIONS

Next Generation Empowerment “Path To Success” Summer Academy at hosted at Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center - Dacula is offered to rising 5th grade and rising 9th grade students. We provide an atmosphere of fun and networking, fellowship focused on academic, and personal growth in the following areas: entrepreneurship, career/workforce, life skills, college planning, and personal finance empowerment.  We also focus on building character, group bonding and a sense of community.

We cannot guarantee every youth will exercise love and proper behavior; and therefore, we address behavior on moral principles which involves getting parents involved when necessary.

As such no alcohol, tobacco, drug or intoxication of any sort, by any student or staff will be tolerated. The academy is a non-smoking facility. Likewise aggressive behavior both verbal and physical will be dealt with as described in the discipline section to follow.

WHAT ACADEMICS DO YOU INCLUDE?

We utilize materials from various sources including Dave Ramsey Student Personal Finance, Success Magazine- Success For Teens, and The Great Course.

Daily student will engage in creative challenges, logic and problem solving, and journaling. The teens are allowed to bring books or topics for a daily session of directed peer tutoring where questions and difficulties can be addressed or skills improved. We also require that each student learn and document 3 life skills daily.

CAMP HOURS

The academy hours are from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM

How early can I bring my children and do they get breakfast?

Early drop off begins at 8:00am. There is an added charge of $15 for arrival before 9:00 AM.  Breakfast is not provided and youth are welcome to bring their own breakfast.

We also provide after care which is from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM. There is an added charge for these services which is $25.00 per week.

For both before and after care services, there is a charge of $35.00.

WHERE IS DROP-OFF AND PICKUP?

All parents, regardless of arrival time, should drop children at the Academy entrance located inside of Stars and Strikes Family Center - Dacula marked by a large awning. Youth will be available for pick up at the same place accordingly.

IS SIGN-IN REQUIRED?

SIGN IN and SIGN OUT are required. Please do not simply drop off your youth at the door. Help us avoid confusion, communicate better, and keep your youth safe by honoring this process.

HOW LATE CAN MY CHILDREN STAY?

Camp closes at 6:30pm. No prearrangement is necessary for you to use this convenience but after 3:30pm there is an added charge. Please see extended care fees. Added penalties apply after 6:30pm.

PAYMENT OF FEES, CHANGES AND CANCELLATIONS

You are free to make payments on-line at any time by credit card or pay in cash.  A full investment payment fee must be made 7 days prior to attendance.

This deposit is refundable with a 7 day notice of cancellation. The deposit is forfeited if there is not a 7 day notice or for any week of nonattendance. Weeks may be moved without penalty with 7 day’s notice to another week if space is available to do so.

Late enrollment is possible if space is available however there is a fee for late enrollment and a fee for any cancellation.

Morning and evening extended care can be pre-enrolled or enrolled on first use.

ENROLLMENT FEES AND DISCOUNTS

The enrollment fee is per student and we offer a 10% discount for multi-family member of the same parents and household.

WHEN ARE THE FEES DUE?

Academy Fees are due 7 days in advance of attendance. Typically this means fees are due the Monday prior to the coming Monday's attendance. Fees are considered overdue after the opening day of each camp week.

The required weekly deposit will be forfeited without a 7 day notice of cancellation.

HOW IS EXTENDED CARE BILLED?

Extended care may be requested as you enroll or paid for as used. Fees will apply if extended care is used for any one day during the week. The fee is weekly and will be charged equally for any one day or for all five days.

Early drop off begins at 8:00am. There is an added charge of $15 for arrival before 9:00 AM.  Breakfast is not provided and youth are welcome to bring their own breakfast.

We also provide after care which is from 3:00 PM to 6:30 PM. There is an added charge for these services which is $25.00 per week.

For both before and after care services, there is a charge of $35.00.

After 6:30 PM there will be a $10 per 15 minutes per event

CAN I CANCEL A WEEK?

Cancellations must be submitted in writing 7 days prior to scheduled attendance and if the week is not transferred to another week there is a $25 cancellation fee regardless of the reason. If not properly canceled with the required written 7 day’s notice (email is best), you will forfeit the weekly deposit.

WHAT IF WE JUST DO NOT COME ONE WEEK?

Because we reserve space and that often results in turning someone away Nonattendance with no notice of cancellation will be billed the full cost of the week.

WHAT IF MY PAYMENT IS LATE?

Fees are due no later than 7days prior to each week's attendance. In the event that fees are not current enrollment will be suspended and our waiting list will be notified of the available space. The deposit for the week will be forfeited if enrollment is suspended due to late payment.

ACCOUNT STATEMENTS

If you need an account statement, please let us know.  Note, you will receive an email of your statement weekly.

Advance payment is assumed. You are free to pay with a credit card or in cash with the understanding that fees are at least due 7 days prior to attendance and all fees.

NOTIFICATION OF ACCIDENT OR ILLNESS

Any minor accident is treated at the academy and you will find a note attached to the sign out sheet alerting you to the event. If you wish further information please ask. Academy staff keeps an accident log and anyone should be able to assist you. Any incident that involves medication or treatment beyond a band aide or for illness that may require your youth to be picked up we will call you by phone.

There are two ways you are alerted should there be a genuine academy emergency that requires evacuation. You are alerted by email as well as by phone.

WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?

Students are provided a lunch. If your child requires a special diet we can usually accommodate that.

We will honor any reasonable request for vegetarian or special diet lunches. If it is a complex or unusual diet, bringing a lunch may be preferred.

WHAT SHOULD THE STUDENT WEAR?

Please label anything that you want to see again. The Academy is an active place. Youth should wear comfortable clothes and shoes that stay on their feet. An Academy T-shirt is provided and may be worn daily.

CAN I TALK TO THE TEACHERS OR VISIT CLASS SESSIIONS?

Teachers are always available to you. You can leave a note for the teachers on the sign-in sheets, or any of our senior staff will be happy to assist. You are welcome to attend any class session at any time. Many parents arrange for parties or birthdays.

SHOULD MY CHILD BRING MONEY TO CAMP?

Students should never need money for our summer academy, but they are allowed to bring money to the academy. We strongly discourage large amounts and suggest only up to $10. Students of all ages must care for their own money.

WHAT DO I DO WITH MEDICATION?

Oral medication cannot be distributed without written permission from the parent. All medication must be clearly marked and given to the director with written instructions. Classroom teachers will be responsible for distribution.

DOES MY CHILD HAVE TO PARTICIPATE?

This is not child care it is academy. A place we hope youth will grow in emotional, social and business skills. Youth will be encouraged to participate in all activities. Typically there will be a variety or choice of activities. However, when a group activity occurs with no alternative activity students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to participate. If a student chooses not to participate s/he will not be allowed to choose an alternative, individual activity. They will simply sit out. As part of an effort to encourage participation, from time to time teachers may reward those who do participate.

HOW DO WE DISCIPLINE?

Summer academy is intended to be an example of proper moral principles in action. Our philosophy for discipline is based on mutual respect, patience, cooperation, and encouragement. Disruptive students can harm the fun and learning of all and may receive time out or be removed from an activity if behaviors prevent the activity from proceeding smoothly.

Students who become aggressive or act in such a way as to present a possible harm to others will be separated from the group and the parents will be contacted. Continued and repetitive aggression or inappropriate behaviors may result in your youth being removed from the academy with no refund.

Please see the parent handbook for more detail.

SHOULD MY CHILD BRING PETS AND, GAMES?

Family pets are not allowed at the academy, but we understand how tempting it can be for our students to bring and trade a variety of items. This has been a consistent source of disappointment, and argument. We have a full day scheduled. It is not necessary for your youth to bring any games or trading cards. Mobile game systems and music players are useful for some of our activities, but are the sole responsibility of the student. Our past experience suggests that items such as these have a high probability of being lost, broken, misplaced or just go missing. Any item used to the distraction of the class may be confiscated until the end of the day.

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This summer academy will be held week days at the Stars and Strikes Family Entertainment Center located at 1700 Winder Highway, Suite 100, Dacula, GA 30019, from May 26, 2015 to August 7, 2015 (9:00 AM - 3:00 PM). Extended hours are available from 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.