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Expectations and Commitment Agreement

Our high standards of excellence and commitment are what make the Performing Arts Academy (PAA) unique. A student’s success is directly related to working hard and achieving the goals that are given in a supportive environment, both at PAA and at home. Our P.A.A. expectations for students and parents/guardians are below:

Preparation

Be prepared by practicing at home, bringing all necessary materials and wearing appropriate attire and shoes. Be accountable for assigned roles, parts or previous instruction. If inadequate preparation is demonstrated, the teaching artist or artistic team may reassign the role or assign an understudy.

Attitude

Contribute to the community with a kind and positive attitude. Lead by respecting others and respecting the space.

Accountability

Maximize your time with perfect and prompt attendance. Known absences are communicated in writing to producer@stlukespaa.org prior to the first day of any session. If serious ailment or sickness occurs during a session resulting in several absences, the teaching artist or artistic team may either reassign or cast an understudy.

PAA’s commitment is to create the opportunity for transformative experiences in as many ways as possible for all participants. Your commitment to PAA will help you learn, perform and grow in confidence, skills and character as much as possible.

Our Organizational Goals:

Performing Arts Academy (PAA) provides transformative, character building experiences for Pre-K through 12th grade students through performing arts education. The three core values that set us apart and create a lasting impression on our students and families are Character, Curriculum, and Community.

Character through leadership and integrity

We foster an understanding of diversity that includes people of all abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and faiths. We cultivate leadership through service to our students, modeling a spirit of kindness, generosity, and an unwavering commitment to authenticity, transparency, and the highest standards of conduct.

Curriculum guided by educational standards

With the understanding that performing arts are essential to a balanced education, we design and implement curriculum that promotes

Community focus

PAA extends community to everyone and incorporates teamwork and collaboration into our programs. We also encourage students to graciously share their talents with public audiences as part of their learning experiences.

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

  • Drop Off: During the Fall and Spring PAA sessions, parents and guardians can drop their child off or bring them into the building to sign in.  
  • Pick Up: During class or rehearsal pick-up, PAA requests that children 6th grade and below (ages 3-12) be signed out by their parents and escorted to their vehicle as an added measure of safety in what is becoming a very busy parking lot.

Our Attendance Policy:

All absences and known conflicts must be given to PAA by an adult for students 18 or under.

 

  • In the case of emergencies and last minute illnesses call 303-900-7041 X0.

Spring and Fall Productions

  • Students must attend one of the auditions for the production in person. The length of time required to stay at the audition varies by program. Video auditions are very discouraged and only allowed if requested in advance to producer@paacolorado.org. Video auditions do not allow students the same opportunity for in-person evaluation and should be a last resort option only.
  • Students are allowed up to two absences during rehearsal time, and none during tech and performance. Please email producer@paacolorado.org at least one week in advance of a known absence.
  • If absence/s are known at the time of auditions, we ask that they be written down on the Conflict Sheet provided to each student at auditions.
  • In the case of emergencies and last minute illnesses please call 303-900-7041 X0. All students must be available for tech week and performances. No absences allowed during this time except for medical and other emergencies.
  • If a student fails to attend rehearsal as expected, PAA may need to reassign role/s to support the rest of the students and the production.

Classes

  • Since classes are collaborative and build upon themselves, it is best if students do not miss class. If a student misses more than 2 classes they may not be able to participate in the Shareformance.
  • Students are allowed up to 2 absences before their Shareformance participation is potentially impacted, however missing class is strongly discouraged as it is detrimental to individual student learning and group development. We ask for at least one week notice prior to a student being absent to class. Please email producer@paacolorado.org.
  • In the case of emergencies and last minute illnesses please call 303-900-7041 X0.
  • On Monday and Thursdays from 5:15-5:30, there is a faculty-led time for snack and conversation with fellow students on topics and ideas that build positive personal growth, engagement and community. We ask that all students who are taking classes participate in this time of sharing for the evening/s they are with PAA.

Summer Camps

  • Students must attend one of the auditions for their camp in person. The length of time required to stay at the audition varies by program. Video auditions are very discouraged and only allowed if requested in advance to producer@paacolorado.org. Video auditions do not allow students the same opportunity for in-person evaluation and should be a last resort option only.  (Note: Studio Discovery and Studio 1 do NOT have audition days.)
  • All known conflicts must be written down on the Conflict Sheet provided to each student at auditions. If there are many conflicts with rehearsals, this may impact PAA’s ability to involve a student fully in a production.
  • For the Studio Discovery Camps please have your student be as involved as possible with the camp. It can be hard to prepare students for the Friday Shareformance if they miss too much time with us.
  • In the case of emergencies and last minute illnesses please call 303-900-7041 X0.
  • Because of the collaborative and building nature of the camps, absences are highly discouraged. If there are many late or missing times, PAA may need to reassign role/s to support the students and production.
  • For Studio 1,2,3, 4 and Ensemble Camps, tech week is the second week, and missing time during that week can be especially hard to make up.
  • Attendance at performances and, if requested, participation in strike (clearing away of the show after the last performance) is required.
  • For Studio 4 Conservatory Program, full attendance is expected.

 

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