MUSE Admissions Approach
For many parents in our community, the admissions process to independent and selective public schools is riven by anxiety. MUSE Academy firmly believes that every child is capable of achieving academic and artistic excellence. Therefore, we have designed our admissions process to be as transparent, efficient, and informative as possible. Our process is designed to help both parties, parents and educators, determine if MUSE Academy is the best fit for your child's learning style and your family's educational goals and values.
The first step on the admissions journey is to attend an information session at MUSE Academy. These are held throughout the school year and into the summer in order to provide maximum flexibility to families researching educational options. There you will hear from our Head of School, Director of Marketing & Admissions, and Director of Music & Performing Arts about the MUSE Academy educational approach, our curriculum, and the learning experience your child can look forward to. You will also have the opportunity to meet with a selection of MUSE academic and performing arts faculty, some of whom are likely to be teaching your child while he or she is with us.
Our goal is to be very clear about the educational outcomes you can expect for your child, what the experience of attending MUSE looks and feels like, and what we expect from parents as key partners in your child's intellectual, artistic, and social development.
We will address the full range of questions ranging from expectations on homework and practice, approach to technology, optional after-school activities, safety protocols, assessment and grading, and other common parent concerns. We will also be available for follow up questions by email or phone. By the end of this session, you should have a good feeling about whether MUSE is the right fit for your family.
The next step is filling out a streamlined and simple application form with the essential information on your family and the child or children who would like to join MUSE. We will then schedule a baseline assessment of your child's developmental and social readiness in a short one-on-one and small group setting conducted by educators, including some who may likely be teaching your child at some point. These appointments are informal opportunities that help us better understand each child. The only documents required are a copy of the previous year's report card. Assessments are conducted on a rolling basis throughout the year at times that are convenient for working parents.
Families will be notified of a decision shortly after the assessments are reviewed. If you are accepted, you will receive an enrollment contract with a deadline to reply. In the interest of fairness, MUSE Academy operates on a rolling admissions schedule and first-come-first-served basis. Simply submit your signed contract and tuition deposit before the deadline to confirm enrollment in MUSE Academy.
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Joining the MUSE community
The final step, once your child is enrolled, is becoming part of a community of MUSE Parents and Families. You will be invited to regular social and educational events leading up to our inaugural school year in September 2018. These events will include wine and cheese parties, picnics, concerts, educational lectures, and meet-the-teacher events.
In addition, we may invite your child to be part of MUSE Academy Demo Lessons, which are required of all teaching candidates as part of their final assessment before joining our faculty. These brief lessons with small groups of students provide key insight into instructional practices, as well as provide further opportunities for our faculty to evaluate and discuss best practices.
Our goal is that the experience of attending MUSE Academy will also enrich the lives of our parents through exposure to music and performing arts, engaging in an ongoing dialogue about education, and forming deeper ties with the community around us.
Annual tuition for the 2018-19 school year at MUSE Academy is $23,000 per year.
Upon enrollment, families are expected to make a non-refundable deposit of $5,000 to secure your child's place. Different payment schedules are available to accommodate our families preferences on timing of payment of balance of tuition. A small $50 fee is required to submit an application form.
MUSE will offer affordable after-school enrichment options through Brooklyn Music School with modules that can be customized to the interests and development level of your child.
Beginning in 1st grade, every student at MUSE will be required to also take weekly private lessons in a chosen instrument or vocal instruction at Brooklyn Music School so as to develop higher level musicianship. This will be an additional fee, depending on length of lesson and the instructor chosen by parents with guidance from our Director of Music and Performance.
MUSE Academy will consider offering a limited number of scholarships for our first academic year of 2018-19.
It is our intent to increase the number of scholarships in succeeding years so as to further our mission of accessibility to world-class music and performing arts instruction to families at different income levels.
Families applying for scholarships will be required to supply tax returns and other financial information to assess their need, and the scholars will be asked to take part in assessments for musicality. Scholarship awards for 2018-19 school year will be announced in Spring of 2018.
Scholarships will be focused on first grade and above, with a preference for applicants from the surrounding community to Fort Greene and other areas served by Brooklyn Music School.
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2018-2019 School Year