Handbook, Policies & Dress Code

Student Handbook

Richland Academy of the Arts aims to make sure all students and parents are informed about our policies and guidelines. You can access our student handbook below:



Dress Code

View our student dress code by class here:

 dress code by class 


Dance Policies

- A student will not be listed on the class roster until the first monthly payment has been paid-in-full.

- Payment must be received on or before the due date.

- All accounts that are not current are subject to a late fee of $15.

- Tuition for the previous semester must be paid-in-full before a student may register for the next term. 

- Richland Academy reserves the right to cancel a class with insufficient enrollment. You will be notified and may transfer to another class or receive a full refund. Your refund check will be mailed approximately 30 days after notification.

- Returned checks are subject to a $30 fee plus bank charges.

Delinquent Accounts

If payment on a student account is not current the student will not be permitted to participate in class or performance opportunities.  In the unlikely event that we have to take steps beyond invoicing to collect payments we can hold you responsible for interest at the maximum lawful rate from the due date of payment, cost of collection, and reasonable attorney fees.  You agree to pay these if such steps are necessary, for any and all amounts due.


Costumes for dancers are not included in the monthly tuition. Each student who is planning to participate any special dance recitals or classes will be required to purchase a costume. Costumes fees vary by class and will be outlined for you at the time of registration. All costumes must be paid in full before ordering or a costume will not be ordered. Students, who register after the deadline, and wish to participate in the recital, will be charged an additional $10 fee cover shipping.
There will be no refunds given once a costume has been ordered. It will be yours to keep.

Withdrawals and Refund

Official withdrawals must be made at the Front Desk. Any refund amount may be applied toward existing or future balances. You may also request a refund, a refund check will be mailed approximately 30 days after the refund request.  If you know you will be absent during the semester, please let us know as soon as possible so your tuition can be adjusted.

Classes: The Academy cannot make up class lessons or refund tuition for classes missed by the student.  Any missed by the teacher will be rescheduled, refunded, or credited to the student's account.

Missed Lessons

Private Lessons: Students must notify the Academy if unable to attend a scheduled lesson:  Before 10:00 AM if the lesson is after 12 noon or before 6:00 PM if the lesson is the next morning.  Call 419-522-8224 to report absences.
To make up a lesson a teacher may extend the length of the preceding or succeeding lessons or schedule another lesson at a mutually convenient time.  If a student misses an appointed make-up time, the lesson will not be rescheduled.

Richland Academy Closing - in case of inclement weather

The safety of all students, faculty and staff is our primary consideration in determining if RAA should remain open. No other factors supersede that one. If we receive information that weather conditions, or any other risks, pose a significant threat to the safety of our RAA community, we will act appropriately and immediately. Rarely does RAA close because of low temperatures alone. 

Parents of our students are capable of preparing themselves and their children for inclement weather and for deciding if weather conditions and their own personal circumstances warrant altering their schedules because of the weather.

Second, we offer a service for which its students pay directly. If we close, we temporarily deny that service to our students. So, if our observations and consultations indicate that conditions do not present an undue threat to the RAA community, we are obliged to provide the service that we have promised to our students. In other words, our job is to keep RAA open.

Richland Academy of the Arts is open for normal business operations and instructional activities unless indicated otherwise on RAA’s home page. Employees and students are expected to exercise judgment regarding their ability to travel safely to RAA when inclement weather is in the area. They are not expected to place travel for work or class attendance above considerations for individual health and safety.

When closure is necessary:

If conditions necessitate closure, every effort will be made to have this information posted on the Richland Academy of the Arts website: www.richlandacademy.com.

Please note: Richland Academy of the Arts will automatically close if there is a Level 2 or above snow emergency in Richland County.

RAA will also:

  • Post on RAA Facebook
  • Send an announcement via Remind 101 text messaging system.
  • Inform local media outlets.

The official and authoritative source of closure information is the RAA website. If the homepage is down due to power failure or other causes, the RAA Facebook page will be considered the secondary source for an official announcement, but should be verified via another source among those listed above. Local media are helpful and will be notified, but are not the primary source of such information.


Richland Academy reserves the right to dismiss or suspend a student whose behavior, work or attendance is unsatisfactory (no refund is given).  A student may also be suspended if payment is in arrears.

The staff at the Richland Academy shares in your desire for all to have an exceptional experience with the arts. The best way to see if the programs

currently offered at the Academy are a fit for you is to request information.

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