Shenandoah Conservatory Arts Academy

May 29 – Message to Our SCAA Families: FALL 2020

Dear SCAA Families:

I am writing to describe the new format that we will adopt at SCAA for the next year to 18 months. While I don’t yet have all the details of our fall format, I do want to share my thinking with you at this time. I am certain that our plans will evolve over the summer (and I will keep you informed), but I want to let you know we are adjusting our instructional model.

Many of you have trusted us with your students performing arts education for most of their young creative lives. I have created the plan below to preserve that trust.

This year we will have 3 sessions (Sept 12 for 12 weeks, January 25 for 14 weeks and May 31 for 8 weeks) instead of a 9-10 month long session and a brief summer term. This allows the SCAA to remain flexible and transition between online and on site instruction as public health needs change and Shenandoah University mandates. It also allows us to have adaptive pricing and to configure programming to student/family interest.

Each session will have its own registration period. Students/families will register for each session and pay in full (or in 1-2 installments) at the time of registration. 

This approach also allows a Phased operating plan. This lets us change direction as needed and remain responsive to the health needs of individual students, faculty, and staff. Details on the various phases will be forthcoming in the next weeks/months, but the general outline is below:

  • Phase 1: Instruction begins online (using Zoom)
  • Phase 2: Staff returns to the SCAA building 
  • Phase 3: Faculty returns to the SCAA building and teaches virtually from their studio
  • Phase 4: Families/students are given the option to take in person at SCAA with their faculty member, or from their home (Drop off restrictions and social distancing plans will be put into place)
  • Phase 5: All students and faculty resume instruction at SCAA in accordance with public health guidelines 
  • Phase 6: In person recitals, showcases, and performances resume based on state recommendations 

In the coming weeks, please think about what works best for your family, review our fall offerings (posted on our website on/about June 15), and register! We hope you find classes and lessons that sustain your student in their learning and that foster their relationships with their peers and teachers.

If you have questions, let us know (Since we are still working remotely, it may take us up to 48 hours to answer.) Like everyone else, we were uncertain how we would adapt to an online environment when we first moved to a virtual teaching platform. However, the overwhelming positive feedback and repeat registrations have further reinforced what we already knew- that performing arts instruction is just as valuable to you as it is to us regardless of platform.

We thank you for your support. Seeing pictures of our young performers dance in the kitchen, act in the garage, and sing in hallways has been sustaining for us. We hope it was for you too.

Please continue to watch your email as we work to answer your questions and to fine tune this instructional model. We know there are many details to work out, we are working furiously to reinvent the SCAA and to serve you with the same excellence and sense of community as always.


Jennifer Green-Flint and the Arts Academy Office

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