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Garfield Preschool in Forest Park

Half Days at Academia

Fall 2019-2020


Children engage in project-based learning, cultural activities, and play to increase their communication skills and develop their social awareness. Cultural themes are explored through music, art, craft-based activities, and project work. Each session features reading or storytelling, a creative project, and a music or movement component. Classes contain structured interactions as well as free play with peers. Weather permitting, outdoor games and activities at a local park are incorporated into your child’s day. Daily optional Spanish or Mandarin language classes.

Don’t know what your schedule will look like yet? Academia has you covered! We offer a combination of programs so you can rest assured whichever session your preschooler is assigned, Academia has an option for you.

Email us at info@chicagoacdemia.com to inquire about registration and availability. 

Garfield Half Days at Academia

Mornings at Academia | Afternoons at Garfield Preschool

Drop-off at Academia starts at 7:30am.  Academia staff then transports your child via bus to Garfield Elementary for 12:00pm Garfield Preschool attendance.


Mornings at Garfield Preschool | Afternoons at Academia

Academia staff will pick up your child at Garfield Elementary promptly at 11:00am and bus your child to Academia.  Pick-up  anytime prior to 3:15p.m. at Academia. 


Mornings at Garfield Preschool | Afternoons at Academia + Extended Day

Academia staff will pick up your child at Garfield elementary promptly at 11:00am and bus your child to Academia.  Pick-up anytime prior to 6:30p.m. 

Enrollment & Billing FAQs

Is there a registration fee?

Yes, there is a one-time registration fee of $50. This registration fee is non-refundable, and discounts do not apply.

What are my monthly payments?

There are ten monthly payments separate from the registration fee. If the monthly payment is $465/month, the total program fee is $4,650.

The “additional details” section of the registration page has detailed information regarding billing and monthly payments for each enrollment selection.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

Academia Refund and Cancellation Policy

  • Registration fees are non-refundable, and no discounts will be applied.
  • The first month’s payment is non-refundable and is used to reserve a spot in the after-school program for your child. Should the payment not be made according to the billing schedule, your reserved spot will be forfeited and the paid registration fees will not be refunded.
  • If you pay the $50 registration fee and decided you are no longer in need of the slot, you are not obligated to pay the first month’s or any future payment.
  • Cancellations for bus transport may occur with eight weeks’ notice. Registration fee and any monthly payments prior to last day of attendance are non-refundable.
  • Refunds, credits, or prorations will not be issued for registrants who are absent or unable to attend for any reason.
  • Refunds, credits, or prorations will not be issued for children who attend a shorter day than purchased.
    Are holidays, breaks, and institute days included?

    Holidays, breaks, institute days, half days, and other non-attendance days are not included. These days are considered one-day camps or drop-in days for half-days.


    Full week enrollment includes transport and attendance at Academia on all listed “Wacky Wednesdays” other listed half days, holidays and breaks are not included. 

    To enroll your child for a one-day camp, please see our “Institute Days and Other Holidays” webpage for more enrollment information or email us at info@chicagoacademia.com.

    Can I switch sessions if I don't get the one I hoped for?
    Yes, you may switch sessions ie from Mornings at Academia to Afternoons at Academia at no additional fee.  If you would like to add extended day to your afternoons, then you must register for that separately. 
    Will Academia pickup at 3:00pm?
    No, Academia will not be doing any pickups from Garfield at 3:00pm. 
    What if the program minimums are not met?

    Academia requires a minimum of three children be enrolled in each session for pick ups and drop offs to/from Garfield Elementary to occur. If minimums are not met by August 15th, 2019, we will inform all families and refund the registration fees. 

    Attendance FAQs

    What are the first and last days of pick-ups?

    These dates will be listed when the Forest Park School District has  posted the school district calendar. 

    How can I prepare my child for attendance?

    Academia holds a weekly Open House on Sundays from 10:00am – 11:00am.

    We also send out a newsletter the week prior to the first day of school with information regarding pertinent information for attendance.

    Should my child pack a snack?

    Yes. We ask that families pack enough snacks for your child’s time at Academia.

    My child has an allergy. How does Academia manage this?

    Academia informs all families that we aim to be a nut-free space and that their child must not bring any nut products on site.

    Children with any food allergies cannot take part in Academia programs without providing an EpiPen, which should be provided by the parent to Academia staff upon arrival. We ask that parents of children with allergies help us in our process to protect children by reminding staff that their child has an allergy. We cannot be too careful!

    What if my child misses a day?

    If your child is sick or otherwise unable to attend as scheduled, please inform us as soon as possible by emailing info@chicagoacademia.com. Same-day attendance changes must be called in or texted to 708-401-0853.

    Refunds, credits, or proration will not be issued for registrants who are absent or unable to attend for any reason, or for a shorter day than scheduled.