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Welcome toFalcon Learning

We provide one-to-one tutors at request. It helps to strengthen your child’s academic abilities in Reading, Math, and Writing-efficiently and effectively. Our renowned methods help your child foster a love of learning while giving them the tools and confidence to perform at their best.

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Our Philosophy

Before and after school and on days when school is not in session, many children need a place to go so parents can work and tend to other needs. Falcon Learning is here to fill that gap. Our teachers are well-qualified and have undergone background checks to ensure your child’s safety while in our care. As good hygiene is a part of safety, we aim to maintain a clean environment for all children and staff.

Our goal at Falcon Learning is to make your child comfortable, offering a home away from home while he or she awaits your arrival each day. We strive to hire teachers who value children and who want the best for them. As part of this nurturing, we encourage positive social and character development.

For many children, school is quite challenging, and they will need extra practice and explanations to keep up in their classes. For others, schoolwork is easier, and though they may need help with organization or motivation, a challenge may need to take a different form. We will assess each child and with your help will tailor the afternoons to best engage them.

After a long day at school, your child will need a break. That is why upon arrival, they will have a brief rest and a snack. We will structure their afternoon activities in such a way as to provide physical movement such as yoga exercises, Bollywood Dance, and outdoor play interspersed with homework and other mental stimulation and supervised free exploration.

Falcon Learning offers enrichment classes and an engaging environment to develop the whole child. It is true that children can have so much fun they forget they’re learning. We offer activities such as Yoga, Hindi, Bollywood Dance, Public Speaking, Art, Science, geography and cultural education, table tennis, chess and other games, books, puzzles, blocks, outdoor play, and more. Many of these supervised activities are child-led to promote positive decision making and a sense of self-government.

Each child may need a unique key to unlock his or her potential, and together with the family and the school, Falcon Learning aims to keep trying keys until one opens the door.

Please find in these pages the information you need to help your child be successful at Falcon Learning. Thank you for choosing us!

Documents and Fees Required to Enroll Your Child

  1. Signed Acknowledgment that you have received, read, and understand this document. This form also includes a liability waiver.
  2. Application (includes Admission Agreement and Emergency & Health Form)
  3. Transportation Form, if you require pickup from your child’s school.
  4. Annual Registration fee
  5. Security Deposit, refundeble at end of summer or with 30-day written notice of withdrawal, to be used for any damages or extra clearning or if expenses such as returned check fees, late fees, or late pick-up fees are not paid.

 

Our Vision

In addition to providing children with the basic requirements stated above, we aim to promote the rich culture and history of India. Falcon Learning is a Heritage School, in compliance with California Department of Education regulations. To this end, we provide an environment of cultural awareness through such areas as games, crafts, and geography and enrichment classes such as Hindi, Yoga, and Bollywood Dance. We do not promote any religion but will explore the customs and beliefs associated with many religions throughout the world, especially at holiday times, such as Diwali, Holi, Easter, Christmas, Passover, Ramadan, and many more. Children of all nationalities and religions are welcome.

 

Our other enrichment classes, as available, such as Art, Science, Theater, Spanish, and Public Speaking, will offer a variety of skills and cross-curriculum learning opportunities, some of which will focus on India and some of which will offer appreciation for other cultures and histories.

 

We encourage parents to suggest topics they would like their children to learn. We will do our best to adapt to the needs of our families. To help with this endeavor, please take the time to complete the Survey of Family Needs and return it to Falcon Learning.

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Our Program and Policies

To maintain the level of personal attention and nurturing that we believe each child needs, we will assign at least one Teacher or Aide for every 12 students. We will divide the children into separate classrooms and activities to keep reasonable class sizes. Children will be supervised at all times

Falcon Learning is currently open to children in grades kindergarten through sixth grade from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on school days and 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. most no-school days year-round. 

If parents drop their children off, they are required to sign their children in each day. Teachers will record the attendance of children coming from school.

Parents or other adult caregivers who pick children up are required to sign children out. It is imperative for staff to know, in writing, who is authorized to pick children up and to ensure that children leave only with adults the parents have authorized on their registration form or other document in the child’s file. If a staff member is unsure if the person claiming to be authorized is, it is the staff member’s responsibility to check the formal documentation submitted by the parent and ask the person for identification.

To ensure the best communication concerning your child, when you drop off and pick up, please do not use your cell phone. Please also be aware of your child’s safety while walking in the parking lot. Children should never be dropped off in the parking lot and will not be released to a parent outside. A parent or other authorized adult, not a minor sibling, must sign the child out. Please do not allow your child to use the sign-out PIN pad. Before driving away, please remember to use approved safety seats; we must call the police if we know your child is not using a seat as required by California law.

Late Pickup

We at Falcon Learning understand the pressures of work and traffic in the Bay Area. That is why we have chosen to remain open until 6:30 p.m. We ask you to make the necessary arrangements to pick up your child before 6:30 p.m. so that our Teachers can get home to their families and you can eat dinner with your child. In the event that you cannot pick up your child by 6:30 p.m., you will be charged an additional $1 per minute, starting 5 minutes late at $5. For consistency, we will use our clock, not those of parents. Please use the electronic sign-out PIN pad. If you do not sign your child out, our teacher will make a note of the late time for use in calculating late fees.

If you have elected an earlier program-end time (applicable primarily in the summer or for classes), the surcharge begins at the end of that time. Adequate staffing depends on the number of children in attendance, so we must know when your child will be picked up.

Students should pack a lunch to bring to Falcon Learning each minimum day and no-school day. Students do not have access to a refrigerator or microwave, so please plan lunches accordingly. Please do not send gum, candy, sugary foods or drinks, caffeinated beverages, or carbonated beverages. Falcon Learning will provide all children with a healthy snack each afternoon. Children are not permitted to share food.

Please inform the Director in writing of any dietary restrictions your child has due to allergies, religious beliefs, or lifestyle choices. We will do our best to accommodate these needs but may have to ask you to supply snacks for your child.

We will also do our best in any classes involving cooking to cater to the needs of all of the children, but there may be times when a child will simply be unable to eat the food prepared in class. We will do our best to avoid this while still providing a meaningful class for all students.

Transportation between local schools and Falcon Learning, when carried out by third parties, will be subject to their terms. If you choose to have Falcon Learning or our agents transport your child from school, all child vehicle seating arrangements will comply with California law.

Once arranging for Falcon Learning to pick up your child from school, you are responsible for notifying us if your child does not need a pickup. You may notify us via email, phone/voice mail, or text. If you do not notify us by 10 a.m., you will be charged $15, which will come from your security deposit. Please take this seriously. It is not merely a convenience for us to know whether your child needs a ride. The top goal for our drivers is the safety of the children we transport. We do not leave a school simply because we don’t see the student on our first look. Our drivers waste a significant amount of time searching for students who do not need pickups when parents have not told us. This makes the drivers late for pickups at other schools and inconveniences many other children. We need to know by 10 a.m. every time so we can coordinate with our drivers even on minimum days when pickups are

Below is a sample schedule of what a typical day might look like at Falcon Learning. Schools have different bell schedules, so arrival times will vary. Exact activities and order also vary. Students are split into several groups, so they are not all doing the same activity at the same time.

  • 8 a.m.-2 p.m.: No-School Day/Minimum Day activities (Snack, Lesson/Story and Crafts, Lunch, Outdoor play, Exploration)
  • 2-3:30 p.m.: After-School Arrival, Snack, Exploration, Socializing
  • 3:00-5:30 p.m.: Homework Help, Enrichment Classes, Story Time, Outdoor Play
  • 5:30-6:30 p.m.: Classes, Free play until Pick Up

We send monthly newsletters and notices as applicable, primarily through email. Please take the time to read these. They will tell you about upcoming days off, classes, and events. Your tuition invoices also come through email. Also, please watch your child’s homework and ask your child to see what he or she has brought home from the enrichment classes. If at any time you have a question about how your child is doing at Falcon Learning, you are welcome to talk to us. You may schedule an appointment if you require a private consultation.

It is very important that students’ information is up-to-date at all times. If you have moved or have changed your home, cell, or work telephone number or primary email address, please notify the Director immediately about the changes. Also, please inform us in writing if there are changes in the emergency telephone numbers of people to contact if you are not available.

Payments are due by the 1st of each month during the school year and will be assessed a $30 late fee on the 6th, plus $2 per day starting on the 8th. 

While not encouraged, children are allowed to bring small, quiet toys to play with during free time, but Falcon Learning is not responsible if toys get lost, stolen, or broken.

Falcon Learning does not dispense medications except when required by law. If your child has asthma or another medical condition requiring specific care, it is the parent’s responsibility to train Falcon Learning staff members in the care for your child. We have a right to get further training from your child’s doctor, if required.

California law considers sunscreen to be a medication. With a parent’s note, children may bring it to apply on themselves.

Falcon Learning is a well-child facility. At no time do we provide sick-child care. The following illness policies will be strictly enforced, for the health, well-being, and safety of all concerned.

All children younger than 6 years old are required to keep a change of clothes at Falcon Learning in case of accidents or spills. Older children are encouraged to keep a change of clothes, at the parents’ discretion. Please put clothes in a sealed plastic bag with first and last name clearly written on the bag in the child’s cubby. We do not have a supply of clothes for children to change into. Falcon Learning staff cannot help the child change clothes. If a child cannot do this independently or if a change of clothes is not available when needed, the parent will be called and will need to come assist the child in a timely manner.

In the event of an emergency, staff will follow the posted emergency plan. To prepare for any such emergencies, the Director will carry out disaster drills at least every four months. This includes fire and earthquake drills, as well as any other preparation the Director deems necessary.