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Our Teaching Philosophy


Artscope’s philosophy is centered around the development of creative problem solving skills in young people.

By encouraging children to develop an idea and follow it through to a conclusion, using whatever materials and resources are available, we help them to build not only confidence in their own abilities, but an understanding of cause and effect and natural outcomes.

Artscope starts from a place of “yes”. In as much as is practical and safe, children’s questions of “Can we…?”, “Is it ok to…?”, and “May I…?” are answered in the affirmative and assistance and suggestions are offered only when asked for. While by no means are we officially affiliated, our day-to-day practices are informed most by the Reggio Emilia, Montessori, and Waldorf educational philosophies.

We measure the success of our programs not only anecdotally through conversations with the children themselves and their adult caregivers, but as much as possible through academic partnerships that evaluate the long-term success of the children that we serve.

We love children and the promise for the future of our community that they represent. We believe that developing a child’s creative potential has a significant impact on that child’s future success in any endeavor and, thereby, a positive impact on our community as a whole.

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Camp Policies

Please LABEL all items such as lunch boxes, backpacks, sunscreen, and extra clothing / swimsuits / towels clearly with your camper’s name. We have a lost and found bucket for misplaced items. Please check it daily as items left after camp will be donated or discarded.Please pack a REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE for your camper(s) DAILY. Artscope always has water for campers to refill their water bottle. We do not have cups and strongly encourage reusable containers to minimize environmental impact.WE GET MESSY and, weather permitting, we play outside! We get really messy both indoors and out, and if it is warm, maybe even wet! Please send your camper(s) in clothing and shoes suitable for ACTIVE outdoor activities and messy creative play. Campers should bring a change of clothing as well as sunscreen and bug spray or winter outerwear (hats, gloves, coats, winter footwear) as applicable with your camper daily.Electronic devices are not allowed. Please do not send iPods, cell phones, video games, or other electronic toys to camp.Artscope is peanut and tree nut free. Please do not send foodstuffs containing peanuts/peanut butter or tree nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, pistachios, pine nuts, etc.) with your camper. Many campers as well as our staff have allergies that result in reactions simply from being touched by others who have handled nut/peanut products. Seed products such as sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, tahini, sunflower seed butter, etc. are fine.All medications (RX or over-the-counter) MUST be checked in / out daily with the camp director. Do not send medications with your child in their lunchbox/backpack. Medications should be in a ziploc back clearly marked with your camper’s name. Please fill out and sign the Medication Authorization form available in the office/from the camp director. Health information/regular medications should also be listed on your camp registration form. If you need to update your form, please let the office staff know.

Pickup/Dropoff/Visits Policy

Camp is from 9AM to 3PM. Please be aware that campers arriving before 8:55AM will be charged for AM extended care. Please also be prompt in picking up your camper. Campers picked up after 3:05 PM will be charged for PM extended care.Parents are always welcome to visit their camper(s), but we ask that you schedule your visit with the camp director in advance as to not disrupt camp programming. ALL parents and visitors must sign in / out with the office staff upon arrival/departure. Due to the public nature of our facility (in the park), camp staff maintains an acute awareness of all persons in our area to insure the safety of all.Extended care must be pre-scheduled in advance to insure proper staff-student ratios. After care campers not picked up by 6PM will be charged $1 per minute.If someone other than persons authorized on your camp registration form will be picking up your camper, we MUST have this IN WRITING prior to pick up. Anyone picking up a camper not recognized by camp staff as an authorized parent/guardian will be required to show ID.Please advise us of any child custody arrangements/restraining orders and who may pick up and/or visit your camper(s) PRIOR to the first day of camp.

Payment/Refund/Cancellation/Session Transfer Policy

All balances are due THREE WEEKS prior to the start of camp. Any registrations within three weeks of camp must be paid in full.Balances not paid in full by deadline may result in loss of deposit and reserved spot for camp.We are only able to issue refunds or credits for cancellations received three weeks prior to the start of your camp week or class session, less a $30 administrative fee. A $15 administrative fee will be charged for EACH transfer transaction to change sessions (based on availability). EACH camp week/class session is treated as a separate transaction. The non-refundable fee applies to each transaction with no exceptions.We do not offer any refunds or credits for missed classes/camps.In the event that enrollment does not reach the required number for a particular class or camp, or circumstances beyond Artscope’s control arise, Artscope reserves the right to cancel the class or camp. You will be notified and we will be happy to help you find a suitable replacement. If no replacement is available, Artscope will refund your tuition payment in full.

Returned Payment Policy

It is Artscope’s policy to charge a $30 processing fee for ANY returned payment (check/credit card/online transaction). Those whose payments are returned may lose the privilege to pay via check/cc/online and/or deposit payment plan.

Medical Withdrawals/Emergencies

Artscope offers no refunds or credits for withdrawals after the withdrawal deadline except for documented medical conditions for the attendee. You must submit a withdrawal request and documentation on physician’s letterhead stating the medical condition as to why the attendee must withdraw. Medical withdrawals must be submitted prior to the first day of camp (business days only). Tuition will be credited to your account or refunded at Artscope’s discretion less $30 administrative fee.

Building Closures/Weather

If severe weather, a power outage, or other unforeseen circumstances necessitate the closing of Artscope programs, Artscope is not responsible for providing a makeup session, credit or refund. Artscope provides information about closures via email, and our Facebook page. You may also email if you have questions regarding closure. Please note that the phone may or may not be answered if the facility is closed.

Dismissal Policy

Artscope is committed to providing a safe, high quality educational experience to all participants. To ensure a quality experience, Artscope reserves the right to dismiss any participant for any reason without refund.

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