FAQ Key Element Learning’s Enrollment
1. What is the process for enrolment?
Our enrollment process is simple. Children must be at least 18 months of age for admission into the Toddler Program and 2.5 yrs for the Primary programs. Parents wishing to enroll their child are advised to tour our school and pick up the Application Form. Upon review of the application, we will set up an appointment for the parents to visit us, along with their child. If your child is admitted to Key Element Learning you will have three days to fill out and return the completed Registration Package and pay all related fees.
2. Do I have to pay registration fee?
Yes, KEL charges a one-time $25 registration fee.
3. Do I need to pay a deposit?
A deposit equal to one month’s tuition is required at the time of registration after the admission offer have been made and accepted. This deposit may be used towards your child’s last month of attendance or refunded as long as notice of withdrawal is submitted in writing one calendar month in advance of withdrawal date. Tuition cannot be pro-rated. If you choose to increase the number of days your child attends Key Element Learning, an additional security deposit equal to your current tuition will be required.
4. Do I need to commit to a full year?
We enroll children year round which means you can apply at any time. Enrollment is on a first come first served basis and is based on availability.
5.When should we apply?
We recommend applying as far in advance of your desired start date as possible so you have priority when you want to enroll. September is the month with the highest number of new enrollments but also the month with the greatest demand.
6. Once my child is at Key Element Learning do we have to worry about the space for the following year?
No. Once your child is accepted by Key Element Learning you are guaranteed a space until you leave us for Kindergarten.
7. What about siblings?
When you have one child enrolled at Key Element Learning you have priority for admissions for all siblings.
8. Why should my child learn a foreign language?
Knowledge of different languages has numerous benefits for children – greater creativity, better problem solving, higher order thinking skills, higher test scores at school, and adaptability to different cultural settings. The vocabulary they are able to use, their accent, tone of voice, and ability to speak more than one language strongly influence the life they will live. Teaching youngsters how to share ideas in more than one language opens a future for them in diplomacy, business, academics, medicine, law, and many other fields.
9. Why start so young?
A child’s ability to learn languages is strongest between 6 months and 3 years – after that the younger the better. If a child is 12 or older we must use the technique for adults.
10. Won’t my child get confused?
Children are capable of storing, identifying, understanding, and associating the right sounds to the right language. Linguists call this segmentation or differentiation. We have students speaking English at home, and learning Spanish and French at Key Element Learning. Parents report that they don’t mix up and can apply correct language with correct people.
11. If we don’t speak the language at home can my child still learn to speak it?
Parents don’t need to know the language that their child is learning. Children are exposed to the language in class then practice with their workbooks and CDs at home.
12. What can I expect?
Every child is different. Some kids tend to be very spontaneous in class, singing every song, and calling out answers. Some are very quiet and act shy. That’s just their learning style. They’re absorbing and retaining it all, in their own ways. They will show what they have learned in the future.
13. What are the language learning goals Key Element Learning classes can achieve?
Mastering any skill is a long-term process. Neither teachers nor parents should expect instantaneous results. Instead, we use terms like “absorb and retain”, “repeat”, “articulate”, and “demonstrate familiarity” to describe the learning goals we achieve as we progress toward long-range fluency. Key Element Learning classes launch a child’s skill-learning journey.
14. What if my child doesn't want to participate or doesn’t seem to focus on any given day?
Children may choose to participate in the activity at hand, or to watch. Both choices are positive choices. Research shows that even if the children seem not focus on any given day, they are soaking up the new language and skills. We have found that focus improves over time.
15. How do you handle safety?
Curriculum lessons are designed with safety in mind, and our teachers are trained to prioritize safety above all.
16. How clean is your facility?
We take great pride in providing an exceptionally clean facility for our students. All classroom toys, equipment, and every surface in our facility are constantly and thoroughly cleaned.
17. Why should we trust Key Element Learning rather than other school?
Key Element Learning maintains modern and state-of-art facilities that are clean, safe and cozy. It is a warm and welcoming home base to create a unique and engaging environment that inspires learning and discovery. Our creative, up-to-date, fun and skill-building curricula is based on a developmentally appropriate approach that allows the emotional, social, physical and cognitive growth at each child’s own pace.
Effective teaching depends on a method and a curriculum – a systematic, evolving collection of tools designed to teach a particular subject to a particular age. Classes are infused with song, movement, and imaginative exploration, which stems from the belief that children remembers words that make them happy and children learn best through play.
We also maintain active parent communication and the teachers are available before and after class to discuss student progress with parents/caregivers.
Children at Key Element Learning grow to have the ability to generate original ideas and questions, own sense of independence, self-esteem, ability to cope fears and frustrations and persistence in resolving problems. Abo