There will be an 8-day trial period to ensure both parties are happy. In this period, either the family or iPLANETS ACADEMY may decide if this is a good fit for your family. If it is not, their enrollment can be terminated for any reason with only a 4-hours notice.
At the end of this trial period, we may or the parent may request to have a sit-down discussion. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Once BOTH parties have agreed all Rules are FIRM and you are also expected to follow them.
We welcome all parents to participate in our monthly
These are conducted through Facebook chat, and they run on:
1/10, 2/2, 3/3, 4/4, 5/5, 6/6
7/7, 8/8, 9/9,10/10, 11/11, and 12/12.
They are scheduled to last 30 minutes or less depending on the parent's feedback and level of participation.
If the session starts on time, and there are no parents online and 15 minutes have passed iPLANETS ACADEMY reserves the right to cancel the Meeting for that day.
Come share with us your comments, suggestions, meet other parents, ask questions or share information, etc.
You must also join our Facebook business page via GO HERE and like it.
Also befriend Mrs. Mimi on her personal page via GO HERE.
All communication is conducted through our Facebook messenger.
GO HERE to connect with us.
It is every parent or guardian's responsibility to keep up with all activities and events your child is participating in. All parents must allow tagging ability because you may or may not be tagged for events, pictures, and videos. Any child not prepared to attend scheduled events will not be able to stay on that day.
NO EXCEPTIONS. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN.
"The moment a child is born, the mother is also born."
~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
POSH and GOSH
All of our parents and/or grandparents or guardians are required to volunteer two hours every 28 days this equals to roughly 20 hours during the school session and 5 hours during the Summer Session. We call this POSH (Parents On-Site Hours) or GOSH (Grandmothers/Guardians On-Site Hours).
All must get CPR certified and All must submit to a background check. This MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE your child can enroll.
You can take that course online by GO HERE or you may take it at an hospital, or American Red Cross as long as it is CPR for children. Once you have completed the course submit a copy of your certificate with your enrollment packet.
You may be asked to take a drugs test in the future; refusal will be sufficient grounds for termination of your enrollment.
All grandmothers or guardians you wish to use for your GOSH must also do the same BEFORE they will be allowed to volunteer. This is for the safety of all children including your own.
These records will be kept locked up and confidential unless the authorities or Dept. of Education ask to access them. These records will remain on file with us for 1 year following your child no longer being with us and then they will be shredded.
We encourage parents to share their interests and talents with all our children. Some ways you can do POSH/GOSH is attending field trips, doing craft projects, cooking snacks, helping with homework or tutoring, etc. You can also do beautification such as; raking leaves, sanitizing toys, vacuuming, loading the dishwasher, cleaning the bathrooms, cleaning outdoor toys, etc.
When doing POSH/GOSH we ask that you be on time, dependable, flexible, and stay for the duration of the two hours in order for it to be counted. You must be patient and loving towards the children, must be willing to abide by the rules, and must be well-versed in safety and fire safety.
iPLANETS ACADEMY reserves the right to deny or refuse to allow someone to do POSH/GOSH that we feel is not acting in the best interest of the children or their safety, not following or enforcing the guidelines we set, or not representing iPLANETS ACADEMY favorably. If this becomes the case we may determine that person will not be allowed back on the iPLANETS ACADEMY premises.
iPLANETS ACADEMY understands
we are not a good fit for every family. But for iPLANETS ACADEMY to be successful each family has to be committed to creating an enriching, safe, fun, and learning environment for our children.
Parental involvement helps our children to grow in mind, body, spirit and to be nurtured with love, acceptance, and kindness. Time spent over your two hours will not roll over or credit into the next 28 days so please plan accordingly.
Other children are not allowed to come along with you when you are doing POSH or GOSH, this is for their own safety. Thanks for your understanding.
Please understand that visiting for events and activities is different from volunteering and IS NOT considered POSH/GOSH.
POSH/GOSH takes active participation, prior planning, and scheduling of your volunteer time.
We understand that things may arise but we ask that you do not schedule POSH/GOSH unless you are pretty certain you can follow through. It is unsettling for the children to get all excited about you coming only to be disappointed.
You are not allowed to do the following while doing POSH or GOSH.
Some infractions may lead to IMMEDIATE termination of your child enrollment or possible prosecution:
Answer the front door or let anyone in. Leave the doors unsecured.
Answer the phones without permission.
Be abusive in any way towards a child or others including verbally or in front of the children.
Answer any questions on behalf of iPLANETS ACADEMY.
Use or operate the computer or printer without expressed permission.
Be in a restroom or room alone with any child. Also, do not assist with their clothing. All our children must be self-sufficient. If they request your help let Mrs. Mimi know BEFORE you assist them.
Share information about any child with anyone. Direct all people or questions to iPLANETS ACADEMY.
Leave children unattended to that you have been assigned to and are responsible for. Please make sure to give the children your FULL attention especially when we are at water activities.
Exclude or separate one child from the rest of the children unless they are sick.
In order to ensure the safety of the children, we ask that you DO NOT use your cell phone when doing POSH/GOSH for iPLANETS ACADEMY (this includes texting, surfing, calling, etc. ) unless you need to call someone from iPLANETS ACADEMY (such as to make a request to use the restroom or leave your post) Thanks for understanding how important your attentiveness is.
Be under the influence of any narcotic, alcohol, or volunteer while impaired. It's not allowed within eyesight of any child or staff including in your vehicle, on the playground, or while on Educational Field Trips.
Smoking is prohibited on or anywhere near iPLANETS ACADEMY. It's not allowed within eyesight of any child or staff including in your vehicle, on the playground, or while on Educational Field Trips.
Use any racist or offensive slang or words. Spell any curse words or use them.
Coming while sick or with lice.
Operate in an unsafe manner. SAFETY FIRST ALWAYS!
“Education must not simply teach work – it must teach Life.”
~W. E. B. DuBois
Many schools can offer a challenging class or tough assignment. Our goal is to find out what you’re good at and challenge you to fulfill your unique promise. We believe in the power and promise of intellectual curiosity—a deep, persistent desire to know.
We love to see our children asking questions, defining goals, and taking risks. We encourage them to stretch their abilities, explore different perspectives, and tackle the most challenging material they are prepared to try.
It’s cool to be smart here, and to help others learn, too. When our children are happy and excited to learn, there are no limits. If you care about education, this school is for you.
ALL THE RULES
We do not issue written copies of the guidelines to parents. Everything is electronic and on this website available to you. Please read carefully and access it as often as you would like to familiarize yourself with it. You are welcome to screenshot, save or print out any portion of our website. All parents will be required to sign a form stating they have read and fully understood all guidelines. Please ask questions if you don't understand something.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
Leaving your child with a stranger can be a very daunting task. Initially, most children may be a little apprehensive about going with a strange person and to a strange place. iPLANETS ACADEMY will work with your child(ren) to help them overcome feelings of separation anxiety. If a child is continuing to have separation problems, we will discuss the best course of action for you and your child and determine if we are a good fit for them.
We ask that you try to help prepare your child for the changes as far in advance as possible. Discuss any concerns. Talk about the new people your child will meet and the new things your child will do. If you are enthusiastic, soon your child will be too.
During this period you might see crying or clinging especially if your child has not been apart from you before. Again, this is heart-wrenching but perfectly normal. Do not leave without telling your child goodbye and reassure them you will be returning. Brief goodbyes are easier for most children to handle than lingering on.
Please be very brief at pick up time as well. This is a time of testing when two different authority figures are present and all the children will test to see if the guidelines still apply. It is important that you back up the guidelines at this time. If your child is with you but observed not adhering to the guidelines they will be reminded of the guidelines, and we will take action to correct them. Children of all ages adjust to transition from one activity to another differently. Most do not like to be too rushed and most do not like to wait too long once they are ready to depart.
NO SHOES ALLOWED INSIDE OF iPLANETS ACADEMY. There is a green bucket for your convenience to store your shoes while on property. You can not walk barefoot but MUST WEAR socks, tights, ballet shoes, or slipper socks at all times while inside.
Do not leave without making sure all of their belongings are put up in their assigned spot. Also, make sure they have all the belongings they need to function throughout the day.
That list can be found GO HERE. No child should be dropped off without having the necessary items on the list.
Please do not leave your car unattended and please turn your car off before exiting your vehicle.
If a child is picked up early and is in the middle of a project or playing they will have to clean up their portion before they leave so plan accordingly.
Parents are welcome to pick up their children early if need be. But no child shall be picked up from the playground or leave straight from an educational field trip. All children must be signed in and out and picked up at iPLANETS ACADEMY.
Do not let children play in between, or walk-in between cars. Do not load or unload children while standing in the street. Load and unload from the curbside.
YOU MUST HOLD THEIR HANDS FROM THE CAR UNTIL SAFELY INSIDE AND FROM INSIDE UNTIL SAFELY WITHIN YOUR CAR.
Please be mindful of other cars and possibly other children at all times! If you can not hold their hand and gather their belongings, then please take the belongings first to your car and then come back and retrieve your child.
No car should be driving more than 5 miles an hour during arrivals and departures; this will help to avoid any accidents from occurring. We ask that you maintain that speed until you have passed four homes or start that speed at four homes BEFORE you arrive.
Please be mindful of your music levels when arriving and departing. We ask that you turn it off before exiting your car so as not to disturb the neighbors.
Parking space is very limited, so it is very important that you pick up and drop off quickly then proceed to leave the premises safely. Due to the possibility of several parents dropping off at the same time we ask that you do not pull into the driveway but park out front. This also helps with visibility because when exiting the premises you have the ability to see the front and back of your car. Please take the time to do a visual sweep of your entire car before getting in and driving off.
iPLANETS ACADEMY shall not be held responsible for any accidents or mishaps that occur. When it's between two parties then you agree to handle all situations between you and that party according to federal and local state laws.
An incident report may be taken and filed by iPLANETS ACADEMY from both parties for future reference.
We care about the safety of your children! Please practice car seats, booster seats, or seat belts safety. Any children being transported in a way that violates the law may be reported and this can also lead to immediate termination of your child(ren) enrollment.
If you or any other person appears to be under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or incapable of driving safely we will call the emergency contact person listed on your “Emergency Contact list” to request their assistance. You may also have someone come and get you and your child.
iPLANETS ACADEMY reserves the right to ask you and/or your child to not return if you refuse a ride and leave with your child, we will notify the police department and child protection services to inform them of this. Depending on how the situation unfolds and is handled by the parent or guardian for the first time it may lead to immediate termination of your child(ren) enrollment.
NO REFUNDS SHALL BE GIVEN, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Open Door Policy does not mean the doors will be unlocked. For the safety and protection of the children, external doors will be kept locked at all times.
iPLANETS ACADEMY does not allow unplanned visits by those who are not the mother, grandmother, legal guardians, or authorized pick up who have been previously placed on your authorization list. We thank you for understanding the security measures we put in place to maintain the children's safety at iPLANETS ACADEMY.
You are welcome to Facebook message us or call, if there is no answer please leave a message and we will return the call as soon as we can. You can also stop by but please be mindful of our events, educational field trips, activities, etc. If your child is staying overnight then we do ask that you call in advance for safety reasons. iPLANETS ACADEMY will not open our doors unless we have talked to you in advance.
Just remember that visitors have an impact on the child’s behavior and they may “act out of character” while you are here which means become clingy, get very excited, or be distracted. This is perfectly normal. Also, keep in mind, if your child is having separation problems, it might make it difficult for them when you leave.
You can reach us on most days until 9:00 PM by phone if you should need to have a quick 5-10 minutes discussion. If you need an in-depth conversation concerning your child then we can schedule it. You are welcome to leave a message on Facebook.
It is your responsibility to keep your “Authorization to Pick Up List” accurate and up-to-date. Please tell us in advance when someone else that you have authorized will be picking up your child either by phone or through Facebook Messenger.
Even if it is an emergency, WE MUST HAVE YOUR PERMISSION BEFOREHAND TO RELEASE YOUR CHILD TO SOMEONE OTHER THAN YOU. THE PERSON MUST SHOW US A GOVERNMENT ISSUED PICTURE ID.
The parent, guardian, or a person authorized by the parent or guardian must use and sign his/her full signature and include the arrival or departure time when signing the child in or out.
We have to assume that both parents have the right to pick up your child unless you give us a copy of a court order stating otherwise. Without a copy of the court order, we cannot refuse a parent. If we have a court order and a non-custodial parent tries to pick up the child; we will immediately call the custodial parent. If the non-custodial parent leaves with the child; we will immediately call the police and report the situation.
We will not place the other children at risk by getting into a confrontation with any parent, family member, or guardians. Please take the time to discuss the guidelines with all non-custodial parents and guardians to avoid any issues arising. Unfortunately, their non-compliance in any of these situations will lead to immediate termination. NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN, NO EXCEPTIONS!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
ABOUT MRS. MIMI
HOW TO WITHDRAW YOUR CHILD FROM PUBLIC SCHOOL TO ENROLL IN iPLANETS ACADEMY
HOW DO I ENROLL MY CHILD SO THEY CAN BEGIN HAVING FUN WHILE LEARNING?
We aim to establish mutually respectful and supportive relationships with families to build a village of learning as well as fun for all the children who cross our paths. The first step is for families to visit our website to get a feel for what we believe in.
WHAT LEARNING DO THEY HAVE AT iPLANETS ACADEMY?
HOW DOES iPLANETS ACADEMY ACHIEVE MY CHILD GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT?
Our curriculum is designed to follow your child’s development individually. He/she is introduced to projects as they master previous skills. The projects are self-correcting and offer internal confidence building. Once mastered, the next project is presented. This leads to a natural talent for goal setting and achieving. There are no “rote memory” activities, once a child has mastered a concept, they truly have learned it. Learning in a hands-on, inquiry, project, and problem-based S.T.R.E.A.M.S. (STEM) inspired environment develops far superior critical thinking skills at an early age.
DO YOU TEST?
WILL MY CHILD HAVE HOMEWORK?
WHY DO YOU COMBINE AGE GROUPS?
WHAT SPECIAL MEDICAL, SOCIAL, OR BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT DO YOU HAVE?
While we offer top-notch programs, we may not be the best program or have the right support in place for all children, especially those requiring special medical, behavioral, or social support. We will ask for your child’s health history and special accommodations in the registration forms. We may contact you if we need additional information. If we are unable to meet your needs we will send you a message on Facebook Messenger to let you know otherwise, enrollment will continue as normal.
I HAVE ENROLLED ALREADY BUT STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED A CONFIRMATION, WHAT DO I DO NOW?
If you do not receive an initial confirmation within 48 hours please check your spam/junk folder. You may also contact us through Facebook Messenger, so we can resolve the matter.
HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR SUMMER LEARNING?
You will receive an automated confirmation through email. Please save this email. Additional details will be given to you through our Facebook Messenger.
ARE ALL CHILDREN ACCEPTED INTO SUMMER LEARNING?
Itineraries will be posted for events scheduled. Please be mindful of events we will be attending and assess whether your child(ren) is willing and able to enjoy and participate fully in all activities scheduled. In some instances, a child may not be accepted in an attempt for us to maintain balance in terms of gender, age, height, (Must be at least 48' tall to enroll), and grade.
ARE MEALS INCLUDED IN THE TUITION?
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS ALLERGIES?
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY?
iPLANETS ACADEMY has a strict no refund policy! We do not give any refunds at all, NO EXCEPTIONS!
WILL YOU TAKE MY CHILD SWIMMING?
WHAT IF MY CHILD DOESN'T LIKE THE FOOD? WILL THEY BE GIVEN AN ALTERNATIVE? CAN I BRING FOOD FOR MY CHILD?
WHAT FORMS OF PAYMENT ARE ACCEPTED? DO YOU ACCEPT PARTIAL PAYMENTS?
We offer two ways to pay with cash. You can either pay with cash in person or you can deposit it at our bank. You must bring exact cash if paying in person, because change will not be given. All leftover change will be applied to your account or donated. We only accept payments IN FULL. We do not give credit or extra time to pay fees. All fees MUST be paid in advance and on time in order for your child to attend. Anyone not paid will not be able to drop off until their payment is made IN FULL, NO EXCEPTIONS!
DO YOU OFFER DISCOUNTS? YES WE DO!
If you are currently enrolled in our regular school session or summer session, you can purchase a discounted extended time package. Combining other services may also be discounted, just ask if interested.
Our space is very limited and popular, therefore we do not offer any additional discounts at this time.
WHAT DO I DO IF MY CHILD IS GOING TO BE ABSENT OR TARDY?
If your child is going to be absent at any time, please contact us and make us aware as soon as you realize it.
WHAT DO I DO IF I HAVE A COMPLAINT OR A CONCERN?
WHAT IF I CAN NOT MAKE IT ON TIME TO PICK UP MY CHILD?
ARE YOU ACCREDITED?
n the state of Texas it is not required for Private Elementary Schools to be accredited. Although our classes meet accreditation requirements, we are not currently accredited. We are happy to assist any parent who wants to pursue that route with transcripts.
WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS HAD PRIOR BEHAVIORAL PROBLEMS?
CAN MY CHILD RECEIVE CARE PACKAGES OR MAIL FROM ME?
If your child is boarding with us they can receive packages at our post office box ONLY. Please purchase a confirmation to ensure they confirm delivery. Once delivery is made then you can alert us through Facebook Messenger so we can pick it up for them. Deliveries will be picked up once or twice a week to distribute to them, so do not send perishables. IPLANETS ACADEMY will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.
WHAT IS BOARDING LIFE LIKE AFTER THE SCHOOL DAY ENDS AND ON WEEKENDS?
WHAT SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MEASURES ARE IN PLACE?
The safety of the children who live and learn at iPLANETS ACADEMY is our top priority! There is always at least two adults present at all times. iPLANETS ACADEMY is a CO-ED boarding school. Males and Females sleeping quarters are separate and they each have their own bathroom facilities.
CAN MY CHILD BRING A CELL PHONE?
Cell phones are prohibited for safety and security reasons. If a child is found to have a cell phone it will be confiscated and stored until the end of that day. Cell Phones will be returned to the parent/legal guardian. Your enrollment may be terminated without refund if your child is found to have a cell phone.