PRIORITY ACCEPTANCE POLICY:
Current students who have graduated out of their current program and have timely submitted their application (typically prior to rank evaluations in April, August, and December) are given first priority.
New students are accepted based on the following criteria:
- Space availability in classroom
(see policy regarding waiting lists below)
- New students who have siblings currently enrolled at Glens Falls Karate Academy.
- Quality of interview with GFKA Admission Staff
(see policy regarding enrollment interview below)
- Results of Program Evaluation
(see policy regarding program evaluation below)
Glens Falls Karate Academy accepts a certain number of students per age-group. When an age-group has reached capacity, a waiting list is created. Students who would otherwise be admitted if an opening were available may be added to the waiting list for that program. Admission from a waiting list is NOT first-come-first-served; rather, when a spot opens in a program, the Admissions Committee will choose what it believes to be the applicant (parents and child viewed together) that best fulfills the admission criteria and best personifies the mission statement of Glens Falls Karate Academy.
- All families new to Glens Falls Karate Academy are required to have a family interview with an Administrator. Both parents (or legal guardians) and those children who will attend Glens Falls Karate Academy must attend this interview.
- Returning families who are enrolling a new student are required to have an admission interview with the new student, one parent, and an Administrator.
- Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted regarding the interview shortly.
Following a meeting with our admissions staff, all potential students will be required to participate in a program evaluation before continuing with the enrollment process. During this evaluation they will actively participate through an age-specific class with a qualified instructor who will assess their age-specific development in four key areas.
- Physical Development – age specific exercises and martial arts training to determine a students physical ability/needs
- Intellectual Development – age-specific questions and tasks to assess age specific thinking processes and intellectual capabilities
- Emotional Development – age-specific assessment of self-esteem, confidence, and drive to participate
- Social Development – age-specific assessment of social interactions with parents, students and teachers
Following the evaluation, the Glens Falls Karate Academy Admissions Committee reviews the developmental standing of a potential student to avoid enrolling a child in a program for which the child/family is unprepared. Glens Falls Karate Academy does not have the resources to offer specialized assistance for those students who are significantly below average developmental level. Consequently, students who require substantial or specialized in-class help will generally not qualify for acceptance to our programs. In limited circumstances, factors such as private tutoring (at the additional expense of the family) and significant parental involvement, when taken together with other admission criteria, may result in acceptance of a student who has special needs or who is performing significantly below average developmental level. If a student has been evaluated at below average developmental level in some areas, but exhibits average or above-average performance in other developmental areas, the student may still qualify for acceptance.
A complete evaluation is required for all potential students. All new applicants must be assessed at our dojo by our staff before further participating in any Glens Falls Karate Academy programs. There is no cost for the evaluation. Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted to schedule an interview and evaluation on the same day.
All students are expected to abide by Glens Falls Karate Academy’s Student Creed, and are expected to conduct themselves in all aspects of life as martial artists. Successful students:
- Use good manners and polite speech. Use of profanity or other offensive language may result in suspension in grades 7-12. Repeated use will result in permanent dismissal from the dojo.
- Treat all students and Instructors with respect. Mistreatment of others will not be tolerated.
- Are honest and truthful in all dealings.
- Accept corrections respectfully.
- Display a good and positive attitude.
- Maintain a minimum of 2.0 (C-) academic grade point average beginning in the fourth grade.
- Adhere to the teachings set forth in Glens Falls Karate Academy’s Student Creed. Adherence to these standards is expected on and off campus, at all times.
In keeping with the martial arts tradition – students wear uniforms as outlined in the Glens Falls Karate Academy Uniform Policy. Parents agree to purchase uniforms in conformity with specific instructions within the uniform policy. It is the responsibility of the parent(s) to understand the uniform policy, monitor their children’s compliance with the policy, and to order uniforms far enough in advance that the dress code is followed consistently.
Non-discrimination Notice: Glens Falls Karate Academy does not discriminate against any employee, student, employee applicant, or student applicant because of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical and/or mental disability.