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. 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?
- How much does TALK cost?
Fees for the Winter/Spring 2017 session (January 30 - May 26, 2017) are:
- $320 + $15 materials fee for Birch Lane, Korematsu, North Davis, Patwin and Pioneer (Monday-Thursday program)
- $390 + $15 materials fee for Davis Arts Center and St James (Monday-Friday program)
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 then collect tuition to cover hiring, payroll and tax withholding for our teachers, space rental for the classes, plus insurance and supplies. We pay our teachers $14/hour for the time they spend teaching, preparing classes, and undergoing teacher training. Our agreement with the Arts Center means that they get 15-25% of our income in order to cover space usage and the logistics of advertising and registration. Our costs went up this year because the Arts Center asked for a new cost-sharing agreement with us in order to recover the costs they have incurred handling our registration needs. TALK is a non-profit, and we have run at a net neutral cost/loss for the past 4 years, meaning 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.