Our tuition cost is kept as low as possible for our students. Different programs have different tuition costs associated with them, please inquire with your program of choice and the tuition cost will be explained to you over the phone. We do have a tuition waiver for parents who have difficulty paying the tuition amount and the business manager assists parents in applying for grants to cover tuition amounts. We feel that all children have a right to high quality education regardless of their family’s financial circumstances.
The schedule for our students is different based upon student needs. We have students who attend our centre based programs as little as 3 hours per day 5 days per week and as much as 6 hours per day 5 days per week. The schedule for distributed learning programs is far more flexible and is set by the parents and teacher in collaboration. Parents of students in distributed learning programs can expect a minimum of 1 hour of teacher contact per week. Fawkes Academy sets one professional development day per month, is not open on statutory holidays, takes a two week break in December, takes a one week break in March, and runs from the beginning of September through to June 30th every year. A schedule with exact closure dates will be provided to parents during the intake process.
If we have a waitlist or not is dependent upon the program a family is interested in. We currently have space for all Kindergarten intakes, any intakes for the Burnaby location, and some distributed learning programs on Vancouver Island. We may or may not have space in our Richmond location for students in Grades 1 through 12, contacting Fawkes would be the best way to find out. We currently are not accepting distributed learning students in areas other than Vancouver Island, though we are working very hard to make this a possibility in the near future.
There are varying levels of parent expectation in Fawkes depending upon the program. At minimum it is a requirement that parents show up to the two IEP meetings per year, ensure their child is doing the assigned homework, communicate any changes in their child’s sleep, eating, health, or medication, and ensure their child is getting 30 minutes of physical activity per day.
Intake for all new students is done on a case by case basis. Generally, for Fawkes to run the high quality educational program we have developed we require level 2 ministry of education special education funding. Fawkes Academy is not set up to handle any aggressive or destructive behaviours in our students, so for the safety of staff and students in the school currently we do not accept students who exhibit these behaviours. At Fawkes Academy we also feel that we are the right educational fit for some complex students, and not for others. As we get to know a student’s unique needs we will be able to determine if our teaching approaches will best meet those needs. Fawkes Academy does not want to accept students who could be more academically successful elsewhere.
At Fawkes Academy we are committed to spending the full amount of Special Education Funding on a student. Our preference for the use of this money is to pay for the teacher’s time and any time that a support worker or tutor would be with a student. Fawkes Academy will pay for some consumable materials if they are important to the program. Fawkes Academy may also pay for subcontracted services to meet a child’s educational goals or other support services outlined in the IEP. Fawkes Academy may loan more expensive materials kits, textbooks, or electronics needed for a program but those items need to be returned to Fawkes Academy and remain the property of Fawkes Academy. Fawkes Academy does not sell electronic devices to families after their value is amortized to zero. Fawkes Academy does not pay for a family’s internet connection in full or in part. Fawkes Academy does not pay for any services, therapies, or educational programs that we do not believe will be beneficial for a child’s education.
Yes there is. We have a few key, dedicated parents who give up their valuable time to fundraise for the school. PAC money is usually spent on fun, educational activities for the students, or much needed materials. Every year the PAC supports a fun trip to Playland for all our Fawkes students to celebrate a successful year of school. Parents are given a copy of the PAC Constitution at enrollment and asked if they would like to be a part of the PAC mailing list. The PAC can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are extremely appreciative of all our PAC does and look forward to more parent involvement and more fundraising as our school grows!