Continuous Enrollment



From Re-Enrollment to Continuous Enrollment: One and Done!
Each year, more than 90% of eligible HBHA families return to our school. After much research and thought, we challenged ourselves to make the re-enrollment process as user-friendly as possible, and reward our families’ loyalty. That’s what led to our 2018 launch of HBHA’s Continuous Enrollment program.
 
Read below to learn more about this exciting new program!

Contact Tamara Lawson Schuster, Director of Admissions, at tschuster@hbha.edu if you have any questions.



List of 10 frequently asked questions.

  • Q. How does Continuous Enrollment benefit my family?

    Continuous Enrollment's “one and done” process offers your family simplicity. Once you sign your Continuous Enrollment Contract, you’ll never have to deal with re-enrollment again (unless your family plans change). Again, “One and Done!” In the event that things do change, you’ll have until the Continuous Enrollment Anniversary each February to submit the “Opt-Out/Withdrawal Form” to the Admissions Office and face absolutely no penalty. In addition to simplifying things for our parents, it also helps us plan for the optimal educational experience for your child(ren) by allowing us to plan for staffing, programs, materials, curriculum and facility usage. In short, it helps us maximize your tuition dollars so we can provide the best education possible for our students.
  • Q. I have no plans to change schools. Can’t I just stay at HBHA until I notify the school otherwise?

    In short, yes. Unless we receive an "Opt Out/Withdrawal Form" from you, your child(ren) will be automatically enrolled for the next school year. That's the beauty of Continuous Enrollment!
  • Q. What if I am a current family and want to enroll additional student(s)?

    For every student new to HBHA, a continuous enrollment contract is required only for the new student(s).
  • Q. What if I am applying for financial assistance?

    When a completed financial assistance application and supporting documents are submitted and verified, the student’s enrollment becomes contingent upon acceptance of financial assistance. If financial assistance is not adequate, and a family does not accept the financial assistance award and chooses to withdraw, the annual commitment fee is refundable if the financial assistance deadline has been met.
  • Q. What is the Continuous Enrollment Anniversary?

    In the Continuous Enrollment system, HBHA will celebrate our Continuous Enrollment Anniversary the last Friday in February. Parents will receive reminders prior to the anniversary date, asking families who are considering leaving our school to notify us prior to the anniversary date. Those who are withdrawing their students will turn in an Opt Out/Withdrawal Form; all other parents (90%+ of our families) will have the convenience of ignoring this message!  
  • Q. Do I still have to pay an annual commitment fee?

    Yes! Annual commitment fees (previously known as tuition deposits) will be submitted for payment through the family FACTs account for all families that have not submitted an Opt Out/Withdrawal form on or before the Continuous Enrollment Anniversary date.
  • Q. What’s the penalty if I do not Opt Out and break this contract?

    Forfeiture of the annual commitment fee (previously known as the tuition deposit).  If a student is withdrawn after June 1st, you will be contractually obligated to pay a fee equal to 1 month of tuition. While this penalty may seem steep, many schools require a semester or even a year of tuition once a family is enrolled for the following year.
  • Q. What if my plans change after mid-March? Unique circumstances…

    We’ve built flexibility into the Continuous Enrollment  contract to cover major life changes. If
    • you move away from the KC Metro area (25+ miles),
    • HBHA can no longer meet your child’s educational needs,
    • we ask your family to leave, or
    • there is some unforeseen circumstance that our Board of Directors approves,
    You will receive a refund of your annual commitment fee and will not be subject to the 1 month tuition payment fee. Refer to the next question (What will the continuous enrollment contract look like?) for additional details.
  • Q. What will the Continuous Enrollment Contract Look Like?

    • I hereby opt into continuous enrollment. This means that my HBHA students will return to the school every year unless I submit an Opt Out/Withdrawal form to the HBHA’s Admissions Office.
    • I understand that I have until the last Friday in February every year (HBHA's Continuous Enrollment Anniversary) to notify HBHA’s Admissions Office of any changes in my plans of enrollment for my child/ren for the preceding school year.
    • If I breach this contract by withdrawing my child/ren after the Continuous Enrollment Anniversary date, I understand that I will be contractually obligated to forfeit my annual commitment fee. If I withdraw my child/ren after June 1st, I am contractually obligated to pay a fee equal to a 1 month tuition payment.
    • Unique Circumstances: HBHA recognizes that family plans change. For any unique circumstances (such as the following) families withdrawing after the announced deadline will be exempt from the 1 month tuition payment penalty:
      • Moving/Relocation 25+ miles away from HBHA
      • Educational needs for the student that can no longer be met at HBHA (as determined by the Student Services and Administrative teams).
      • Withdrawal at the request of HBHA.
      • Other unique circumstances as approved by the Board of Directors.
        • Q. What do I get out of this?

          Simplicity.
          Not to mention guaranteed placement and enhanced planning for the next school year. By opting into continuous enrollment, you are ensuring your child/ren’s spot and the high quality of education we’ve all come to expect each year at HBHA.
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