FAQ

Enrollment Eligibility

Is my child eligible?

There are many kinds and levels of intellectual giftedness. That’s why The Super Saturday Program allows a student admission if they meet just one of the following criteria:

  • Mental ability (I.Q.) of a standard score on a cognitive ability measure equivalent to the 95th percentile.
  • Achievement test scores in Total Reading or Total Math at or greater than 95th percentile.
  • If the aforementioned tests scores are not available or appropriate, evidence of outstanding cognitive ability may be shared by a professional (i.e. teacher, pediatrician, psychologist, etc.).
What documentation is needed to prove eligibility?

Every new student needs a recommendation from a teacher, principal, psychologist, psychiatrist or similar professional to certify that the child meets admission criteria. See Registration Policies for complete information and Professional Recommendation Form to view and print the needed form.

How do I obtain a professional recommendation if my child isn’t in school?

Ideally, the best alternative to a school professional is a psychologist or testing professional. However, these services can be very costly and unnecessary. If you homeschool your child, as your child’s teacher, you may sign the form. You may also ask your pediatrician for the recommendation. If your child isn’t yet in school, ask your pediatrician to recommend your child.


Registration

How do I register my child?

Registration is simple! Go to Registration to begin.

Can my child take a class intended for younger or older children?

Age ranges for individual classes are designed to take into account both the intellectual and emotional development of our students, as well as to create a manageable classroom for our teachers. We cannot allow exceptions to these ranges.  If you are interested in a class being offered for a different age range, please let us know and we can try to meet requests in future terms.  We adhere to this policy strictly.

How do I know if my child can take an advanced class, such as Chess Bootcamp?

Please check pre-requisites listed in class summary, if you still have questions Contact Us and ask for our Registrar to contact you.  Some teachers require the child to enroll in their beginner class, while others base their decision on the child’s experiences in similar beginner classes.

What if my child’s preferred class doesn’t run or is cancelled?

If your child’s first choice is not available for any reason, the Registrar will reach out to you with alternate class options  If we are unable to place your child in an acceptable class, we will issue a refund to you within four to six weeks.

When will I hear back from you after registering?

We cannot completely process class assignments until after the registration deadline. This complex process can take our volunteers up to 2 weeks, so confirmation emails aresent approximately 7 to 14 days before classes begin. We appreciate your patience.


Financial Considerations

How must does it cost?

There is a standard tuition for each 6-week session class, payable when the registration is made online. See Registration for the current tuition.  Most teachers charge a lab fee to cover consumable product expenses, payable to the teacher on the first day of classes.  A late fee is assessed on all registrations made after the regular registration deadline.

Is financial aid available?

A limited number of tuition and lab fee grants are available each session.  For consideration, please send documentation that your child qualifies for a government assistance program (e.g. Medicaid, WIC, free/reduced price lunch at school) to registration@supersaturday.org.   If you qualify, tuition and lab fees will be covered by PAGE.  You must request assistance every session you need it, but documentation is only required once a year.

What are lab fees?

Our teachers purchase consumable supplies for their students.  Parents reimburse the teachers for these expenses via lab fees.  The lab fee amounts are indicated in the class descriptions for every class. Lab fees must be paid directly to the child’s teacher on the first day of class.  Please do not include lab fees with your Registration Form and tuition.


Withdrawals and Refunds

How do I withdraw my child’s registration and receive a refund?

Please notify the Registrar in writing as soon as possible at registration@supersaturday.org  Also see Registration Policies for complete details and Important Dates for cutoff dates to receive full or partial refunds.

Why do you require withdrawal notification to be submitted so early to receive a full refund?

To keep tuition low, each class is run only if there are sufficient students enrolled to pay the teacher.  We must make this decision several weeks before the first week of class in order to mail confirmation letters and teacher packets by a reasonable date.


Classes

What if my child’s teacher misses a week? What about make-ups?

Our teachers are required to arrange for substitute teachers in the event of their absences.  However, there have been occasions when a teacher’s absence occurs on such short notice that it is impossible to arrange for the substitute.  Unfortunately, make-ups were allowed.  We reserve the right to cancel a single class on short notice if necessary without providing a refund for said class.  The teacher or volunteer will call all parents if a class is cancelled.

What if my child misses one or more weeks?

It is not required to notify your teacher or our volunteers in the event of your child’s absence.  However, most teachers prefer to know for planning purposes.  Your child’s teacher will do his/her best to bring your child up to speed the following week, and, depending on the class and your child’s interests, the teacher may give your child supplies and instructions to do the missed activities at home.

How do you determine which classes you are going to offer?

We strive to find a balance between core academic areas, such as language arts, math and science, and more unique and creative classes, such as origami, acting, and yoga.  Our goal is to match the varied interests of our students with teachers’ passions.

What if my child doesn’t like the class they’re in?

We want every child to be satisfied with their class choice.  If your child is unhappy for any reason, please contact the President or other board member immediately.  Class changes may be made after the first week of classes based on availability and type of class.  Note that lab fees to the original teacher cannot be refunded if supplies were purchased prior to the first week of class.  If the child transfers to a new class, a lab fee must be paid to the new teacher for those supplies.

Are there summer classes?

Not at this time.  The Super Saturday Program volunteers use the summer months to plan for the following year.  Specifically, most of the summer is spent recruiting teachers, reviewing and improving upon procedures used the previous year and working on special projects.

Why don’t you offer classes for children over 14 years old?

We have found that there is insufficient interest in classes from older children, most likely because of other interests and activities.  However, we have started the Teen Leadership Program for teens and alumni students between the ages of 13 and 17.


Campus Issues

Can my child stay on campus between classes?

Your child may stay on campus between classes, but only with a supervising adult such as a parent, guardian, or family friend..  Our teachers and volunteers are not able to supervise children between 11:30 and 12:30.  It is critical that you are on time to pick up your students so that our teachers have time to eat lunch and prepare for afternoon classes.

Is lunch available between classes on or near campus?

There is no food service available on campus but there are a few restaurants within a few blocks of the school.  We will also endeavor to invite food trucks to campus on various weeks.  Families are welcome to bring lunch to campus.

Where can we park?

There is a parking lot beside the high school.


Special Student Considerations

How are disruptive students handled?

The teacher will work with the student and then talk with the parent.  The parent may be asked to stay in class to ensure the child’s good behavior.  If the situation cannot be corrected, the President or another board member will speak with the parents.  If corrections are not made, the student will be dismissed and no refund will be given.

What if my child has special needs?

Please ask the Registrar to call you if you have special concerns.  He/she may suggest that you speak with your teacher in advance to address specific concerns.  Please note the following accommodations for:

  • Physical Handicaps – All classrooms are wheel-chair accessible.
  • Allergies – Snacks are discouraged to avoid allergy concerns.  However, some parents bring in snacks despite this, so please inform your teacher of any allergies your child may have.
  • Behavioral Issues – Our teachers are excited about serving gifted children and recognize that some children require special attention or different techniques for problem-resolution.  In order for your teacher to best serve your child, please notify us.  By including a note with your registration, the Registrar can inform your teacher well before classes begin and may speak with you if needed prior to or on the first day of class.

Parental Matters

May I bring my younger children to classes/campus?
Yes, this is a family program.  Your young children are welcome to accompany you to Gifted Community Enrichment or any other spot open to our program that suits their needs.  For the sake of all of our students and the supplies bought by the teachers, we ask that younger children only be allowed to observe, rather than participate in, their older sibling’s class, and only if they can remain quiet.


Closings

Do you close during inclement weather or other emergencies?

In case of severe weather or an unforeseen emergency, classes will be cancelled.  Emergency closings are reported on our Facebook page and on television channels 9 & 12.  We reserve the right to cancel classes in the event of an emergency or inclement weather without a make-up class or refund.


Miscellaneous

Are you affiliated with DePaul Cristo Rey High School?

No.  We are not affiliated with any school district.  DePaul Cristo Rey has been gracious enough to allow us to use their rooms in exchange for us covering all expenses incurred.  In exchange, we hope to provide a value to their school as we foster our relationship.  See About Us for information on our organization.

Can we bring guests or visitors?

Yes, to observe one Saturday.  We are excited about our program, and welcome parents’ enthusiasm to show others what we offer gifted children.

Will there be other people on campus or in the classes?

There are occasional classes or events occurring on Saturdays.  These typically do not interfere with The Super Saturday Program.

We occasionally receive and approve requests by student teachers to observe and occasionally assist teachers.  Some teachers bring in guest speakers, actors, and even animals as part of their curriculum.

Periodically members of the media visit classes to obtain information for stories about The Super Saturday Program.  All students enrolled in the program and their parents automatically grant their permission for the use of any record of student activity (i.e., photos, movies, audiotape and/or videotape) happening in the classroom and/or at the program site in general.