Attendance

Private Lessons

Student Absences
Students attend regularly scheduled lessons. One makeup lesson per term will be granted to each student when 24-hour notice is given to the teacher and/or AFTA by email or phone call. Excused absences include student illness, extreme emergency, and death in the family. Excused absences will be made up by the instructor. If a student commits to the rescheduled lesson and is absent for any reason, the lesson will be forfeited and not rescheduled by the instructor.

Unexcused absences will not be refunded nor made up by the teacher. They consist of, but are not limited to, forgetting the lesson, choosing to do another activity during the scheduled lesson time, and unnotified absences. Lessons will not be made up if they are missed or denied due to late payment. Students are responsible for paying for all lessons.

If a lesson is canceled or forfeited by the student for any reason, the instructor may then schedule another lesson in the absentee time slot. The instructor is under no obligation to notify the parent or student who forfeits the lesson of the substitution. If the original student’s schedule changes and they are able to attend the canceled lesson, it is subject to the instructor’s schedule.

Any additional student absences will be made up at the discretion of the teacher.

It is important that students be on time for lessons. Students who are 10 minutes (or more) late for their lesson will be considered to have forfeited their lesson. This will be considered an unexcused absence and the instructor is under no obligation to make it up. If running late close to lesson time, please call the Academy for the Arts at 828.254.7841 while in transit. Communication is of the utmost importance.

Teacher Absences
If the teacher is to be absent without a substitute, the student will be notified ahead of time and the lesson will be rescheduled. Lessons not completed by the end of the semester due to teacher absence will be credited to the student.

Inclement Weather
If the Academy closes due to weather or church-wide closure events, the lesson will be rescheduled at no additional cost to the student. See our Inclement Weather page for more information on these policies.

Group Lessons/Ensembles

Student Absences
These classes consist of a fixed schedule of classes per term for which the student pays in advance. Because of the nature of the group class environment, we will not be able to issue refunds or reimbursements for missed lessons (excused or unexcused). We are not able to schedule makeup lessons for individuals who miss group lessons for any reason.

Teacher Absences
If the teacher is to be absent without a substitute, the class will be notified ahead of time. This class will then be rescheduled at no additional cost to the student.

Inclement Weather
If the Academy closes due to weather or church-wide closure events, the class will be rescheduled at no additional cost to the student. See our Inclement Weather page for more information on these policies.

Lesson Termination
If a student wishes to discontinue lessons, a 30-day written notice will be required. The student will be financially responsible for the lessons that occur during those 30 days from the date notice is given, whether or not the student chooses to attend the lessons. A refund will be given for the remainder of lessons that occur after the 30 days if previously paid for. The program fee is non-refundable.

Holidays and Semester Breaks
The Academy for the Arts is closed for the following holidays:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (3rd Monday in January)
  • Good Friday
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Thanksgiving Day and Friday after
  • Christmas Week (week between Christmas and New Year’s)