Frequently Asked Questions:
What ages can enroll?
We are currently accepting children in grades 2 through 8. Older children with special learning needs, or younger children who are gifted may be accepted on a case by case basis. In general, we expect at least a 2nd-grade level of social maturity and reading skills. Please write to us with requests for exceptions, or if you would like us to expand our age range in the future.
What are the days and times of the program?”
The After-School Club runs for 10 months and follows the Lexington Public school year schedule. The week consists of 6 blocks (2 on Thursday, and 1 on every other day), as follows:
- Monday: 3pm -6:30pm
- Tuesday: 3pm-6:30pm
- Wednesday: 3pm-6:30pm
- Thursday: 12n-6:30pm (2 blocks)
- Friday: 3pm-6:30pm
“Is there a minimum number of blocks I need to sign up for?”
No minimum, except Thursday, which is a long day due to the Lexington early release schedule. Thursday consists of two sessions, both of which must be selected. For any other day, you can enroll your child in the number of blocks that meets your family’s needs.
“How much does it cost?”
Pricing per day varies based on the number of session your child attends, as follows:
- Single session: $160/month
- Two sessions: $275/month
- Three sessions: $340/month
- Four sessions: $435/month
- Five sessions: $515/month
- Six sessions: $560/month
Payments are scheduled on the 1st of the month for 10 months, with 10% discount for those that pay in full up front.
“How does my child get to the After-School Club?”
Getting to our location in the center of Lexington couldn’t be any easier. Transportation options include Lexpress, private buses, and public transport.
We’re currently an authorized drop-off location for Lexington Public School Buses. We have two stops that are .1 miles (2 min walk) and .2 miles (5 min walk) away. Staff members escort students from the stop to the studio. If your child uses the school bus, we encourage you to place a request with the Transportation Dept to have your child dropped off at the Empow Studio.
“What happens if school is not in session on a day that my child is scheduled to attend?”
Since our program is tied closely to the Lexington Public School schedule, our after school program is closed on the days when the Lexington Public Schools are closed, including national holidays. We do recognize the need for care during these days, so we provide NanoCamps at a discounted rate to the After School Club Members.
Empow Studios may be closed on some holidays. Please see our Calendar for program details.
In the event that school is closed due to inclement weather, Empow Studios closes as well for the safety of our staff and students. If your child misses a block due to a snow day, we are happy to allow them to attend a make-up block, subject to availability.
“What happens if my child misses a day due to illness?”
If your child misses a scheduled block due to illness or a family emergency, you can request to have him or her attend a make-up block, subject to availability.
“Is there an enrollment fee? Termination fee?”
No, and No. However, please be advised that for administrative purposes, we do require 30 days notice for canceling a membership or for putting a membership on hold.
“What if my child or I don’t like the program?”
During your first month of enrollment (30 days from first attendance), you can cancel your membership at any time and you will receive a refund, pro-rated according to the number of sessions attended. No cancellation fee will be applied.
After 30 days, we will require a 30-day notice for all cancellations or significant reductions in schedule.
Please note, that if you do not notify us within 30 days of a schedule change, be it a cancellation or putting a membership on hold, your credit card will be processed as scheduled.
“What activities are part of the program?”
Throughout the program we will use 30-minute blocks to offer small-group instruction that fits the interests of the particular group on any given day.
Depending upon the interests of our students, our teachers will teach specific techniques of animation, programming, app development, HTML, blogging, electronics, digital audio, 3D printing, and other topics we regularly cover. These lessons will be planned week to week and students will be able to sign up for their favorites.
In addition, students can join any formal class that is taught during the after-school hours, for free.
Finally, we have options for small-group courses in academic subjects offered by Tomorrow’s Genius, such as math, science, literature, and others, which are offered at an additional fee. Other activities include puzzles, gadgets, smart toys, social games, and books, and self-paced learning using our library of curated materials.
“Are students grouped by age?”
It depends. For some activities, like homework, students are grouped by class, if possible. Others, such as small-group instruction, we group students by interest, ability, and experience. For competition teams, students will be grouped by age depending on competition rules. Many activities are individual, and others involve the whole group.
“Can I bring a friend?” active=”no”]Yes! Each membership entitles you to 5 buddy passes. A buddy pass entitles one friend to a single 1-day visit. Your child’s friend can only attend once using a buddy pass.
“Is there a discount for other programs?”
Club members at any level can take any class at the Lexington Studio for FREE! (normally a $160-180 price). All they need to do is register.
In addition, you will receive a 10% discount across the board on all other Empow Studios programs for which we take registrations. This includes the February & April Vacation Camps, NanoCamps, birthday parties, classes held at the Lexington Studio, and items for sale.
The 10% discount does not apply to Camp sessions held during the summer, as they do not correspond with the time frame of the After School Club Membership. In addition, programs administered by partner organizations, such as Park & Recreation facilities or other after-school programs, are not applicable.
“What is the student-to-staff ratio?”
Our staff ratio fluctuates between 7 and 10 students per adult teacher, depending on the activity. Some activities may involve a larger group, others may include Teaching Assistants who are high school students or older.
“Who are the After-School teachers?”
Please see our Team page for the teachers’ background. We pride ourselves on hiring people who are equally competent in child education/development and technology. We support our staff with continuous professional education. All staff is Cori- and Stori-checked, and there will always be someone available with First Aid and CPR training.
“As a parent, how will I know what my child does during the After-School Club?”
We keep a daily activity record for each program block, which is available to parents upon request. In addition, we will send periodic updates via email and/or paper. The frequency will depend upon your child’s activities and number of blocks he or she attends.
Still have questions?
Call us at 617-395-7527 or contact us via the form below.
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