Enrollment contract (Kids 0-12)

Table of contents

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, including 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 Voluntary Information Form).

There are four sessions per year: Fall, Winter, Spring (12 weeks each) and Summer (6 weeks). Each session is subsequently split into three 4-week cycles during which time new material is added to keep the student engaged but not overly stimulated. Enrollment in Explorers programs can be done at any time, while enrollment in Travel Bugs and World Citizens programs can only be done at the beginning of a new session.

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 to use the second language 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 Explorers, Travel Bugs and World Citizens programs consists of a commitment to a full session for group classes and special functions (e.g. summer camp), and at least a 4-week cycle for private classes.

2-2 I have read the class description for my child’s program and completed all the forms requested, which I understand are also incorporated into 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, 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 per session or per 4-week cycle (payment plan).

3-4 I understand that I can opt to pay a $16 drop-in fee for individual classes instead of committing to a full session of the Explorers program. (Note: drop-ins are only available for the Explorers program, and 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 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 2-week grace period.

4-2 I understand that registrations will not be accepted from any family with an outstanding balance from 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 3-hour notice before a scheduled group class, and a 24-hour notice before a scheduled private class time. The 3-hour notice must be during business hours, meaning any class taking place before 11 a.m. requires a notice by 5 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).

7-2 I understand that group classes can be canceled for weather-related issues or extenuating circumstances/emergencies that would prevent the instructor from being able to open the center for the day. 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 at the end of each cycle with no questions asked. 

8-2 To drop the program, I agree to (1) fill the “Membership Drop Form” online or in person at Aux Petits Soins during business hours at least 7 days before the end of the cycle, 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 cycles of the session.

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9 – Siblings and additional parents

9-1 I understand that students can sit in on the classes of their sibling(s) enrolled in Explorers I and II if there are less than four students enrolled in the class.

9-2 I agree to pay a $16 drop-in fee for children who don’t meet these requirements. (Non-student siblings under 6 months old are welcome to attend for free.)

9-3 Due to the small size of the classroom, I understand that only one parent will be allowed to sit in class if there are more than three students enrolled in Explorers I and II. Both parents are welcome to join us if there are less than three students enrolled/ present in class.

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10 – Damage or loss of personal property

10-1 I understand that Aux Petits Soins is not responsible for damages to/loss of personal property during classes.

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11 – Future contract updates

11-1 As our center 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 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 September 1, 2018 (v2018-03)