Frequently Asked Questions

Space-permitting, we do allow free trials of group classes in dance, visual arts, and theatre. Instructors will assess each student to determine the proper level of learning.

Our private music instructors offer free 15-minute trial lessons; these can be booked by calling 905-528-4020.

We take students on an ongoing basis throughout the year, but once students begin working on year end projects, we have to cut-off registration. This cut-off varies between department, and will be stated online.

Music students are welcome to join us at any point during the year.

HCA prorates prices based on the number of weeks left for any new students joining us.

You can register online, over the phone, or in person during our business hours.

If you are registering in person or over the phone, there are payment plans available. Students can pay either monthly or by term with pre-authorized credit card or post-dated cheque (dated the first of each month, to HCA). Please note that the pre-authorized credit card option adds 3% to your total price.

The registration fee will be added to the first payment. Payments are otherwise divided up equally by the total (i.e.a monthly fee does not necessarily reflect the total weeks in that month).

All fees are payable in advance, so we cannot accept debit or cash payments within an HCA payment plan.

If you register online, although the weeks are still pro-rated, the payment must be made in full until the end of the year.

One-month advance notice of cancellation is required, with a cancellation form filled out. All cancellations must be directed to HCA administration. If cancellation is not given to Administration prior to deposit of a cheque or charge to credit card, that amount will NOT be refunded.

We offer family discounts - a 5% discount will be applied to the second family member with the lesser total tuition amount. Any additional family member after that will receive a 5% discount.

Discounts do not apply to the Music Department.

Within our dance department, the majority of classes participate in our HCA Celebrates year end recital. We order costumes for participating students, which is due on January 15 each year. Price varies according to dance level.

Starting at the Primary Level, our students begin taking Ballet Exams through the Society of Russian Ballet. For students that are participating, there is an additional exam fee not included in tuition.

Within our music classes, book fees are not included in tuition.

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