Enrollment contract (APS Explorers™)

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1 – Philosophy of Aux Petits Soins™

Our goal is to introduce children to French at an age when their brains are still learning to process linguistics, giving them the ability to speak French fluently and accent-free. We teach through the simplest method possible – by immersing them in a completely French-speaking environment geared toward their age and ability. Building on principles of multiple interactive teaching models – which include the Montessori method, Communicative Language Teaching, Typical Physical Response (TPR) and Teaching Proficiency through Reading and Storytelling (TPRS) – we’ve developed our own three-step method of foreign language education: Listen. Absorb. Speak.™

We only speak in French at Aux Petits Soins™, with class groups organized according to age and skill level. We use body language, props and expressive intonations to facilitate French language instruction – much the same way kids pick up their native language. Each class is deliberately structured to create routines using songs, common phrases and rhymes. Classes utilize a blend of new concepts and recurring themes and ideas. We also incorporate as many experiences from the child’s real life as possible, including names of family members, pets and easily identifiable family activities (see the Voluntary Information Form in your welcome packet).

There are four sessions per year: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Each session is subsequently split into 3- to 6-week mini-sessions, during which time new material is added to keep the student engaged but not overly stimulated. Enrollment in APS Explorers™ programs can be done at any time.

1-1 I understand and agree to support the Philosophy of Aux Petits Soins™. I also agree, to the best of my ability, to be part of the program(s) by providing opportunities for my child(ren) to use French outside the classroom and through participation in various activities.

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2 – Enrollment, public release and allergy forms

2-1 I understand that enrollment in APS Explorers™ consists of a commitment to the full session (for group classes) or the 4-week cycle (for private classes).

2-2 I have read the class description for my child’s program and have completed all the forms requested, which I understand are also incorporated into the terms of this contract.

• Enrollment form
Allergy /food Restriction form
Public release
Library/Activity Center General Rules & Regulations

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3 – Tuition and fees

3-1 I agree to pay a non-refundable annual fee of $15 per child to cover material costs and personalized website interface, which is due at the time of enrollment. 

3-2 I understand that tuition payment is due on the first class of each session.

3-3 I understand that I can pay by the session or by the year.

3-4 I understand that I can opt to pay an $18 drop-in fee for individual classes instead of committing to a session of APS Explorers™. (Note: drop-ins are limited to availability.)

3-5 I understand that I must re-enroll before the end of the current session in order to be guaranteed enrollment in the next group class mini-session.

3-6 I understand that invoices for late payment fees or returned check fees will be issued monthly and will be due upon receipt.

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4 – Late payments

4-1 I agree to pay a $25 late payment fee assessed for any payment received after the two-week grace period.

4-2 I understand that registrations will not be accepted from any family with an outstanding balance from the previous session.

4-3 I understand that Aux Petits Soins™ will terminate the enrollment of students with accounts more than 30 days past due.

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5 – Returned check fee

5-1 I agree to pay the $30 bank fee assessed for any returned checks.

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6 – Missed classes

6-1 I understand that my child may make up any missed class, provided I give a 12-hour notice before a scheduled group class and a 24-hour notice before a scheduled private class time. The 12-hour notice must be during Aux Petits Soins™ business hours, meaning any class taking place before 11 a.m. requires a notice by 8 p.m. the previous day. Missed classes can be rescheduled once within 90 days as long as the student is still enrolled. Group classes will not be reimbursed and missed classes without prior notification cannot be rescheduled.

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7 – Canceled classes

7-1 I understand that a minimum of two students is considered a quorum for a group class and six students for a special function (e.g. summer camp). Classes and special events that don’t have a quorum will be canceled and families will receive a full refund.

7-2 I understand that in-person group classes can be canceled for weather-related issues and in-person/virtual group classes can also be canceled for extenuating circumstances that would prevent the instructor from being able to teach. Canceled classes cannot be reimbursed/rescheduled.

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8 – Dropping out

8-1 I understand my child can drop out of the program within the first two weeks of the first class with no questions asked. Families will be refunded the remaining classes. Please note, if there was a promotional price, they will be refunded based on the full price. 

8-2 To drop the program, I agree to 1) fill out the “Membership Drop Form” online or in-person during business hours at least seven days before the end of the session, and 2) be current on all fees against my account.

8-3 If I drop out without notice, I understand that I will be charged for the remaining classes of the session.

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9 – Siblings and additional parents/guardians

9-1 Families are encouraged to take part of the APS Explorers™ program. Please note, this program has been developed to engage with a specific age group, so it might be difficult for people outside the target age group to fully engage. 

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10 – Future contract updates

10-1 As Aux Petits Soins, LLC™ grows, our contract may need to be updated from time to time. In the event of an update, you will be notified by email 10 days before any update will become effective. To ensure the correct delivery of our email, please make sure to add our email – info@apsfrenchclass – to your address book.

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If you have any additional questions not covered in this agreement, please feel free to Contact Us.

Updated on August 10, 2020 (v2020-01)