How long are the classes?
Our Fall and Spring workshop sessions are 8 weeks long (with an extra week added in Spring to accommodate snow days), and meet once a week after school. Each class will meet for an hour or more (depending on the age group). Summer workshops meet for six weeks, with two classes per week. (Elementary usually meets for 2 hours twice a week during the summer. Middle/High School meets for 3 hours twice a week during the summer.)
What is your absence policy?
To make sure that everyone gets the full benefit of these classes, attendance is crucial to student success. While we understand that prior commitments and emergencies come up, we limit absences to 2 during spring and fall classes, and 4 during summer classes. If this limit is exceeded, then a discussion between the instructor and parent will be held to determine whether it would be beneficial for the student to remain in class.
Where are the classes held?
In Abingdon, VA: The Barter Production and Education Building on Trigg Street.
In Bristol, TN: The Paramount Center for the Arts on State Street.
In Johnson City, TN: Northeast State Community College’s Downtown Johnson City Campus on E. Market Street
In Kingsport, TN: The Kingsport Higher Education Center on W Market Street.
How much do classes cost?
Tuition prices vary by age group and season. Please select your appropriate class on our registration page to see current tuition information.
Why do I have to pay a deposit?
Because of the growing popularity of our classes, we want to make sure that your student is guaranteed a spot once they register. This deposit locks in their spot in class and you can pay the remaining tuition later.
Are there scholarships available?
Absolutely! BYA will never turn a student away due to their financial situation. To apply for a scholarship, select your class and pay the initial deposit, then contact our Director, Nikki Skillman, at firstname.lastname@example.org