How to Choose a Martial Arts School for Children Part 4
Part 4 of 4
How does the tuition work?
One of the other keys to finding the perfect school for you is the tuition. Now while the investment you are making is important, the bottom-line figure is again not the most critical piece.
In general, the rule in all commerce is you get what you pay for. For some items, that is not as critical. But for most, especially when it comes to our children, it is essential. However, that’s not to say that there are some excellent schools out there that charge $100/mo, or some horrendous schools that charge $300/mo. It is key to do your due diligence, as previously discussed.
A couple key things to be aware of:
- The average tuition nationally ranges anywhere from $150-$200 for a professional martial arts school, per the Martial Arts Industry Association.
- All schools have a contract or agreement of some sort. What matters most, like in any contract, are the terms. The most important part is the cancellation policy. My personal belief, and the policy of American Martial Arts Academy, is that every program can be cancelled at anytime with a 30-day notice. Some schools require a 60-90 day notice, which is acceptable as well. However, we ask that if the challenge is motivation, we have an opportunity to figure out what could be wrong, and an opportunity to find a solution.
- Some schools (including ours) offer payment-in-full options and discounts. Some schools also offer long-term programs as well (i.e. Black Belt Club, Leadership Programs, Masters Programs). These can be excellent programs, however it is key that they all have clear cancellation policies in case of a move, or motivation challenges, etc. In a future post, we will discuss how to deal with a motivational challenge as a parent.
Is the schedule flexible enough?
What good is the best martial arts programs, instructors, and facilities if you can’t make it to the classes? In order to truly gain the benefits of a quality martial arts program, we recommend attending classes at least 2-3 times per week. Once a week is very difficult without additional private lessons as well.
A professional school should have classes available 6 days per week, with lots of beginner classes. If the schedule is lop-sided (more advanced classes than beginner classes), that generally is not a great sign.
Other Key Questions To Ask:
- Is the school a member of the Chamber of Commerce?
- How long has the school been around?
- Has the school been continuously under the same ownership?
- Does the owner live in the area?
- Does the school offer any other activities or events?
We hope this has helped; if you have any questions, feel free to contact us by calling 888-672-8922.