What is Brainy Alley?
Brainy Alley enriches writing or critical-thinking experiences of proficient readers. All writing classes and workshops are designed to challenge bright and motivated learners, so they can be served beyond the public school menu and bring real-world relevance to academic content. Assignments are not remedial in any way, and require a lot of thought. The focus is on critical thinking and clear communication. Students are always given detailed feedback for every written assignment and will always learn science and art through hands-on experiments and projects.
How do I register my child?
How much homework do the students get?
Writing: Students usually get three pieces of homework - one long piece (45 minutes or so), one vocabulary piece (15 minutes), and some text-based writing (30 minutes). Students can skip homework once in a while, but never two weeks in a row. If a child has no time to complete homework, there will be no improvement and there is no point in wasting time or effort attending classes.
Science: About 20 minutes, to record learning.
Art: Students will start a project in class and may have to finish at home.However, they can choose not to complete it.
Where and when is the program held?
Brainy Alley runs writing classes online, and
at the former Holy Family Schook, Room 7, 140, Edison Ave, Fairfield, CT. All other workshops are held in person. The schedule is updated periodically, before a new session begins.
How can you enroll your child in Brainy Alley classes?
1. Check the schedule posted online, and if suitable,
2. Create an account on the website, wait for it to be approved and register your child. If you don't receive an email approving your account, please check your Spam Folder after a few hours.
If the schedule does not work, please check back in case new timings are offered. Or, find a few friends and request a class. Generally, 4 students are needed to run a class, but it depends on availability. One-on-one tutoring is a very expensive option at this point.
Can you enroll your child for trial classes?
No, trial classes are not offered as it rarely ever helps, especially in writing. Writing is a process and while some pointers may be understood in 2-3 weeks, no adult or child can improve writing significantly in a matter of a few classes. There is an option to try a few Integrated and Science classes, but students have to commit to attending both parts of the class.
What is the Fee Structure?
New offerings starting in Fall 2019 (10 classes, including material fees) for 4 - 8 students:
Doing Science/ Physics and Earth Sci(Grades 3-4) $275
Hands-on Chemistry/Biology (Grades 5-6) - $300
Integrated Science and Art (Grades 6-8) - $300
Art Classes - $300
Stock Market Game (Grades 5-8) - $300 (LIMITED TO 10 STUDENTS - we cannot have a bigger team than 10)
Boardroom Skills with Board-Games (Grades 7-8) - $300 -
2 hours on Friday evenings x 10 classes.
LIMITED TO 5 STUDENTS so that every student has enough time to share and strategize.
Writing and other group lessons during the School Calendar year:
Elementary - $27.50 per class
Middle - $32.50 per class
High School: $40 per class
Master Class Workshops: per Grade-level (by Invite only)
Private: $65 per hour (4-class minimum)
Semi-Private: $50 (2 students - 4-class minimum)
Writing Assessment: $30
What is your policy on fees?
Fees are due on the first day of class. Students enrolled in one class can pay in 2 installments and if they are enrolled in more than one class, they must pay half of total amount as first installment and then pay the rest in 2 later installments. Example: 390 (Writing)+ 250 (Boardroom skills with Board-games)= 640. The first installment will be 320, and the next 2 installments will be $160 each.
Please note: 1. Students will be gently informed that they cannot attend class if fees are not paid by second class.
2. Summer fee structure is slightly different as class-size is usually very small.
Do you refund fees/make-up for unattended classes?
There are no refunds after the first assignment is corrected, and there is no time to make-up classes. So please check and double-check whether the schedule works, your child is on board about working hard, and what the classes truly entail. If your child misses 2-3 classes in a row, they will never catch up with the others.
What about discounts?
Except for a $25 referral discount given once, if you refer a new parent who enrolls their scholar/s, there is no discount given. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS NO DISCOUNT GIVEN FOR 2-4 DAY WORKSHOPS OR SIBLINGS, because every student requires individual attention, and time taken to correct each assignment does not decrease with increased enrollment.
Is my child guaranteed to improve?
There is no formal assessment provided. IF they are good readers, most children have been known to find their school tasks easier after completing a couple of our modules, as they would after attending any other academic enrichment class. Brainy Alley classes guide children in their thinking process, and does not "teach to the test" at any time.