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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions


  • Why aren't TALK classes offered at our school?

TALK is a non-profit organization run by parent volunteers, and we offer classes as a response to demand from parents who are willing to help us set up new classes. All tuition money goes to pay teacher salaries, facility rentals, and classroom supplies. Typically, it takes a minimum of 6 children to make a class logistically and financially viable, and 2 classes are required at each site. If interest is sufficient, TALK can handle the teacher hiring, facility use permit and fees, and marketing.

 

  • Why are classes at Birch Lane, Korematsu, North Davis, Patwin and Pioneer not offered on Fridays?

The Davis Joint Unified School District does not allow morning classes on Fridays to provide flexibility in preparing for school-wide Friday activities such as school announcements or assemblies.

 

  • Why are classes only offered early in the morning (7:40-8:10am)?

Our classes are for children in the K-6 level. Typically, the different grades all start the day at the same time but come out of school at different times of the day, making it difficult to find a time that accommodates all of them together.  

 

  • Why doesn't TALK start on the first day of school and run until the last day of school?
We tweak the calendar for several reasons. The first is that every Fall, parents don't find out about the TALK program until after the first day of classes, usually through our advertising flyer that goes into kids' backpacks at the end of the second week of school. As it turns out, most parents appreciate the lag time to allow their children to get back in the flow of school. Additionally, most of our teachers are UC Davis students, and the University calendar starts a month later, with final exams and breaks starting earlier.

 
  • How much does TALK cost?

Fees for the Fall 2018 session (September 17, 2018 - January 25, 2019) are:

  • $330 + $15 materials fee for Birch Lane, Korematsu, North Davis, Patwin and Pioneer (Monday-Thursday program)
  • $400 + $15 materials fee for Davis Arts Center and St James (Monday-Friday program)
Prices reflect Davis Arts Center $10 member discount.

 

  •  What does that tuition pay for?

TALK is led by a group of volunteer parents who work to create and sustain language classes at various sites, usually because they have a child or children they would like to take those classes. We collect tuition to cover hiring, payroll and tax withholding for our teachers, space rental for the classes, plus insurance and supplies.  Our agreement with the Davis Arts Center means that they get 15-25% of our income in order to cover space usage and the logistics of advertising and registration.  TALK is a non-profit, and we strive to make neither a loss nor a profit for the organization. Because the Board is run by TALK parents too!

 

  • What is the refund policy?

Parents can obtain a full refund, for whatever reason, through the second week of instruction.  For refunds during the rest of the year, please contact the Board through TALKProgram@hotmail.com.


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