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River Forest Kindergarteners

Half-Days at Academia

Fall 2019-2020

Half-Days at Academia

Academia’s half day program for River Forest Kindergarteners at Lincoln or Willard offers cultural activities, and play to increase your child’s communication skills and develop their social awareness. Cultural themes are explored through music, art, craft-based activities, and project work. Morning open play and circle time are in English.  Children have the option of selecting either a Mandarin or Spanish track
Nature walks and visits to local parks are incorporated into our class time (weather permitting).  Don’t know whether your child will be assigned mornings or afternoons at their River Forest kindergarten program?  You can sign up with Academia now, then notify us when you find out their placement.  We will slot your child into the appropriate session at Academia
Academia offers an after school program with bus pick up at 3:10p.m. from Willard or Lincoln.  Children already onsite attending Academia during afternoons may extend their day to attend our after school program with pick up before 6:30p.m.
See our Lincoln/Willard Elementary after-school page for more pick-up options.

 

Email us at info@chicagoacademia.come to inquire about availability and enrollment.

River Forest Kindergarten: Half Days at Academia Fall 2020

Mornings at Lincoln/Willard | Afternoons at Academia

Academia will pick your child up at Lincoln or Willard Elementary after their 11:05 am dismissal and transport them to Academia for lunch and afternoon activities.

Option 1:  Academia will pick your child up at Willard or Lincoln and transport to Academia for an afternoon of cultural learning. Pick-up at 3:25pm from Academia

Option 2: Extended your child’s day at Academia. Pick-up any time before 6:30pm at Academia.

Option 3: For an additional monthly fee, have your child dropped off at home by Academia. New this year is our “to door” service where parents may opt to have their child dropped off at their homes or places of residence between 6:00pm and 6:30pm. A minimum of five children must be enrolled for this service to occur. Parents may choose to pick up their children at Academia any time before the bus leaves, or have your child dropped off between 6:00pm and 6:30pm. Monthly pricing is valid for full-week and 1-4 day options. 

This program requires a three month commitment to ensure consistent service for all interested families. All payments are made three months in advance. 

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 $445/month, the total program fee is $4,450.

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

Do you have sibling discounts?

Yes, we do!

All siblings enrolled in our full-week program receive a 15% discount off the $445 monthly payment, resulting in monthly payments of $390/month per each child enrolled.

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

Registration fees are exempt from discounts.

What is the refund and cancellation policy?

2019-2020 After-School at Academia Refund and Cancellation Policy

River Forest Elementary Schools (no “to door” service)

  • 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.

To Door Service Add On:

  • Registration fees are non-refundable, and no discounts will be applied.
  • Enrollment in the “to door” service requires at least three months’ commitment to ensure consistent service for all interested families.
  • Payments are made at three months in advance. Once an advance payment is made, no refunds or prorations will occur.
  • Cancellations may occur with four weeks’ notice prior to the next advance payment.
  • 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.
  • Refunds, credits, or prorations will not be issued if a parent picks up their child prior to the bus leaving for drop-offs.
  • The “to door” service add-on pricing is valid for both full week and 1-4 day options.
  • Children will only be dropped off at their homes or places of residence.
  • All refund and cancellation fees apply. 
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.

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 weekdays?

Yes, if your child is enrolled in our 1-4 days option with bus transport, you may switch your days of the week at no cost if space is available.

Email us at info@chicagoacademia.com to switch your days or to inquire about bus space availability.

All refund and cancellation fees, please see our refund and cancellation policy FAQ.

I enrolled for full-week but now need less days. What do I do?
If you switch from full-week to fewer days, all refund and cancellation policies apply. Please see our refund and cancellation FAQ.

 

Your registration fee is non-refundable. You must re-enroll your child for your preferred day(s) on our website and pay the registration fee for your child’s updated attendance. Academia cannot guarantee space availability for your new enrollment.

 

Should you enroll your child for our 1-4 days option, Academia cannot guarantee that you can change which days of the week your child attends, but if space is available you may switch at any time at no cost.

Attendance FAQs

What is the "to door" service and how do I use it?

During the 2019-2020 school year, Academia will be providing a “to door” service for children enrolled in our River Forest after-school programs.

Children will be dropped off at their homes/places of residence in River Forest between 6:00pm and 6:30pm each day.

Parents may choose to pick up their children at Academia any time before the bus leaves for the “to door” service drop-offs. Refunds, credits, or prorations will not be issued should you select to pick your child up prior to the bus leaving for drop-offs.

A minimum of five students must be enrolled in this after-school program for this service to occur. If bus minimums are not met by August 1, 2019, an Academia Customer Service Coordinator will contact you to let you know.  If the service is unable to occur due not meeting minimum enrollment, your first month’s payment will be refunded.

Please see our Refund and Cancellation FAQ for further information.

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

River Forest School District 90**:

  • First day of pick-up will be Thursday August 29, 2019
  • Last day of pick-up will be Friday June 5 2020, if there are NO snow days used

**Per the River Forest School District website as of January 2019 

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.