Frequently Asked Questions Fairfax Collegiate Summer 2021

About Fairfax Collegiate Summer 2021

This summer, your child can have fun and learn. Since 1993, the Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program has provided challenging and engaging summer courses for elementary, middle, and high school students.

As the area’s largest provider of academic enrichment summer classes, we have a wide variety of offerings for students. We have courses in 10 different subject areas, offered at locations throughout Northern Virginia and also available online. Sessions are 2 weeks long and run throughout the summer. All of our classes are half-day, and families can combine both a morning and an afternoon class to make a full-day program.

Registration can be completed online or over the phone. Please contact us if you have any questions we can answer for you!
You can download a digital copy of our catalog and request a printed copy of our catalog on the Fairfax Collegiate Summer 2021 Catalog page.

About the Courses

The course grade levels in course titles are rising grades, the grade the child will be entering in the fall. However, when you create your account, you include students' current grade level.
Summer program instructors include undergraduate and graduate students at leading universities as well as area public and private school teachers. Visit our Instructors page to see our posted staff profiles.
Our summer program is an enrichment program, not summer school, and our motto is "Have Fun and Learn". All of our classes, including the most technical and academic, are designed to be engaging and entertaining as well as informative. We incorporate a variety of instructional techniques and activities every day in every course.
We have a detailed syllabus for every course. Most are available for download from the course pages on this website. Please contact us with questions about any course.
The in-person Summer Program does not include any mandatory assignments for students to do at home, although some courses may suggest supplementary tasks for students to complete outside of class if time permits.

Some online Summer Program courses will recommend work for students to complete outside of class time. This work is not strictly mandatory, but would be necessary for students to maximally benefit from their class. For example, in math and test prep courses, students will be asked to complete tests at home since taking tests during class would not be an effective use of time.
Instructors will write and email brief reports on students' progress at the end of writing, reading, math, and test prep courses. They will provide diagnostic test results in some math and test prep courses.

Instructors can prepare written remarks for other classes by special request. Families interested in this option should notify the instructor on the first day of class.
For the in-person Summer Program, classes typically maintain an 8-to-1 or smaller student-to-teacher ratio. The maximum ratio is 12-to-1, and beyond that, large classes will have multiple instructors or be broken into multiple sections.

For the online Summer Program, the student-to-teacher ratio for math classes is 6-to-1, for computer science classes 8-to-1, and for all other classes 12-to-1.

Locations and Times

Please refer to the Locations page for the list of our in-person locations and for a link to the Online location.
Please refer to the Dates, Times, and Rates page for the times, which are different for the in-person locations and the online location.
Please refer to the Dates, Times, and Rates page for the times, which are different for the in-person locations and the online location.
Students attending morning classes should arrive between 8:00am and 8:15am. Students enrolled in morning extended care may arrive as early as 7:30am.

Students attending for the morning only should be picked up between 12:00pm and 12:15pm.
Students attending for the afternoon only should arrive between 12:15pm and 12:30pm.

Students attending afternoon classes should be picked up between 4:00pm and 4:15 pm. Students enrolled in afternoon extended care must be picked up no later than 6:00pm.

Lunch and Breaks

Lunch for full-day students is from 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m., and students must bring lunches. We have refrigerators and microwaves for students' use at every location, and instructors supervise lunch.

Please refer to the COVID-19 Statement & FAQ page for updated information on lunchtime procedures during the 2021 Summer Program.”
Students and staff may not consume meat or shellfish at our Reston location. Please contact us if this is hardship and we can explore alternative arrangements.
Instructors supervise the morning breaks (10:00 a.m. to 10:25 a.m.) and the afternoon breaks (2:00 p.m. to 2:25 p.m.). Every location has an indoor break area where students may play games, socialize, and eat snacks. Every location except Reston also has an outdoor break area. Outdoor break activities vary by location - please contact us if you'd like additional information about break options at a particular facility.

Please refer to the COVID-19 Statement & FAQ page for updated information on how class breaks will be conducted during the 2021 Summer Program.”

Registration

Fairfax Collegiate offers online registration. With your Fairfax Collegiate family account, you can sign up for classes, add classes to registrations, fill out the Emergency Information and Permission Form, and download statements. You can learn more about online registration and begin the registration process on our Summer Registration page. Alternately, you can register by phone.
Children may enroll in one or two courses per session: a morning course, an afternoon course, or both a morning and an afternoon course.
When you register for the Fairfax Collegiate Summer Program, a non-refundable deposit of $100 per student, per session is required to reserve your seat in the classes. The deposit will be applied towards your total balance, which will be due on June 1, 2021. Registrations completed and paid in full by April 15 are eligible for a 5% discount.
The Fairfax Collegiate web site and online registration form only display classes that are available for registration. Classes that are at or near capacity may be marked as "(Call)." To inquire about enrolling in these classes, please contact us by phone or email.
To redeem vouchers and gift certificates, please contact us by phone or email before registration. To redeem promotional coupons for special events, please register and pay, then contact us by email. We will adjust your registration fees and refund the difference.
Classes can be added through online registration. To change your student's enrollment or cancel a registration, please contact us by phone or email. Please read Fairfax Collegiate's participation terms to learn more about our policies for registration changes and cancellations.

Pricing

Fairfax Collegiate's pricing is detailed on our Dates, Times, and Rates page.
Please make sure that you have not accidentally checked the extended care boxes labeled "AM" and "PM." These boxes should only be checked if you would like to sign up for extended care. Please visit our pricing page or contact us with further questions about pricing.
Fairfax Collegiate has a limited ability to offer need-based financial aid. To submit a request for financial aid, please send an email to registrar@fairfaxcollegiate.com with the following information: you and your children's names, your children's grade levels, the classes you would like your children to take, how much aid you are requesting, and any other details you wish to share about your financial situation that would help establish the need for financial aid.

Special Enrollment Requests

Yes, we permit registrations for students whose rising grade levels are within one year of the stated grade range. However, be advised that each course is designed for students whose academic and social skills are within the listed range of rising grade levels.

Please refer to the COVID-19 Statement & FAQ page for updated information on enrolling outside of the stated grade range during the 2021 Summer Program.
We consider requests for one-week enrollments and prorated registration fees on a case-by-case basis. Please select what class or classes you would like to enroll in for one week and contact us by phone or email to request one-week enrollment.

Supplies and Student Conduct

Fairfax Collegiate provides all necessary class supplies for in-person classes, but students are welcome to bring pencils, pens, notebooks, etc. if desired. However, Fairfax Collegiate does not provide any food and so students should bring their own snacks, and students enrolled for full-day programs should bring their own lunch.
Students may wear T-shirts, shorts, and sneakers.
Please review the Behavior Code section on the participation terms page.

Forms, Arrival and Departure, and Medication Policies

Please refer to the Forms page for the required forms.
Please review the Child Day Program Licensure Exemption on the participation terms page.

During the 2021 Summer Program, additional arrival and departure procedures will be implemented at each in-person location to ensure students’ health and safety, and will vary from one facility to another based on the facility’s unique situation. These procedures will be shared with families via email shortly before each new session begins.
For students requiring epi-pens and inhalers, please complete and return the corresponding section of the Epi-Pen And Inhaler Form. Other prescription and non-prescription medications are only permitted with prior written approval from Fairfax Collegiate - please contact us to discuss your child's needs.