This information is designed to help parents/guardians and students participating in Pratt’s youth programs on campus. We hope it will be helpful in answering your questions and outlining our policies.

Please read the following information prior to your first day.

Program Policies and Information

We are committed to providing a safe and productive learning environment for all students and their parents/guardians in which we all treat one another with courtesy and respect. We welcome the opportunity to share Pratt Institute’s studios and classrooms with you and provide a wide range of tools and materials in all classes. We are committed to treating this unique learning environment with care and so the following policies and guidelines are in place:

How to Find Your Classroom

Classes take place in several buildings across the campus. Your class building and room number will be listed in your confirmation email prior to classes beginning, so please pay attention to this information. You should allow ten minutes to find your classroom on the first day.

Directions

Pratt Institute is located at 200 Willoughby Avenue in Brooklyn, between Hall Street and Classon Avenue. There are two entrance gates to the Brooklyn campus; one entrance is at the corner of DeKalb Avenue and Hall Street and the other is by the security booth on Willoughby Avenue.

Subway:
G train to Clinton/Washington
Bus:               
B38      Downtown to Dekalb and Ryerson
B38      Ridgewood to Lafayette and Washington Avenues
B54      on Myrtle

Arrival and Dismissal

Classes begin and end on time. Please be prompt.

Students should visit the restrooms before class; some of our classrooms are quite a distance from restroom facilities.

Students must leave the campus after classes in a timely manner. Campus security will ensure the hallways are clear of parents and students after classes are dismissed. Please remind your children to not climb on the sculptures on campus.

Parents and visitors who intend to remain on campus may wait in the cafeteria, located in the basement of North Hall. There are also many cafés located near the campus. Please do not wait in the hallways and stairwells.

Students whose parents are more than ten minutes late will be taken to the Office of Youth Programs (South Hall, Room 203) to await pickup there.

Authorized Pick-Up

Only authorized persons indicated on the registration form will be allowed to pick up your son/daughter and must sign the class roster each class.

Students will be authorized to leave on their own at the end of class, if that is indicated on the registration form. To be dismissed early, students must submit a written note from a parent/guardian to the teacher at the beginning of class.

Change of Information

Inform our office of any change in authorized pick up or contact information as soon as possible. Changes may be reported by email or in person.

Email Notifications

It is the parent/guardians responsibility to add key program dates and times to their calendars, which are available year-round on our websites.

On occasion, we may send notifications that relate to specific classes or events, but in general no email reminders are sent.

Expectations of Each Participant

Students and parents/guardians are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior while on campus and/or in class, and this includes treating all members of our community with courtesy and respect. It is unacceptable to participate in: name-calling, talking back, bullying, or swearing, for example. And all students and parents are asked—for their own safety—to follow the directions of Pratt security and staff.

If a student’s behavior is particularly challenging and disruptive, our approach is as follows:

  1. Teacher has a discussion with the student.
  2. The Supervising Faculty or Deputy Director will speak directly to the child and/or call home.
  3. In the event of serious or persistent issues, the parent will be notified that the student’s registration is terminated. Registration can be terminated at the discretion of the Deputy Director. No refunds will be issued.

Attendance

Good attendance is expected and is necessary to complete projects.  

Pratt Young Scholars and DICE students with more than three absences per term may be withdrawn from the program. Parents must notify the office of any absences in advance by phone or email.

Parents will not be notified if their son or daughter is late or absent.

Visitors and Guests

For the safety of all students, only registered students and instructors are permitted in the studios and classrooms. There are no visitors (including parents, friends, and siblings) allowed in the studios and classrooms. Parents and guests are invited to attend the Open Studio exhibition during the final class.

Electronic Devices

We ask that students leave all toys and electronic devices, except for cell phones, at home. Cell phones must be turned off during class.

Supplies

Students do not need to bring anything with them to class. Supplies are provided at no additional cost.

Attire

Art materials can be messy, and students often work on the floor. Students should wear loose, comfortable clothing that may get dirty.

Snacks

The Saturday Art School classes for younger students (ages 6 to 8) have a small snack of juice and crackers. Please be sure to advise us of any allergies your child has on the registration form.

Student Work

Saturday Art School: Artwork is kept during the semester and may be taken home following the Open Studio exhibition. Please DO NOT remove artwork prior to the end of the Open Studios at 12 PM.

If you and/or your child miss the final class, please schedule an appointment with the office to pick up work. Artwork will be kept for 30 days after the final class. We are not responsible for any artwork left behind.

DICE: Artwork is kept during the year and may be taken home on the last class day.

Pratt Young Scholars: Artwork is kept for the duration of the program and may be taken home at the end of student’s senior year.

Lost and Found

There is a lost and found bin in our office. Items are discarded at the end of every semester, and Pratt is not responsible for any lost or stolen belongings.

Bad Weather Days/Class Cancellations

For information regarding cancellations due to weather or any other emergency, call Pratt’s weather emergency line at 718.636.3700. All youth program classes will be cancelled if Pratt’s classes are cancelled. There are no make-up classes for missed classes.

Parents and students will be notified by email of any class cancellation.

Registration and Confirmation

For registration and application instructions, please refer to each program’s brochure or website. Registration is first-come, first-served, and classes fill up quickly.

Please note that sending in a completed registration form does not guarantee that you have secured a place in a class. After registration closes, those who have secured a place in a class will receive a confirmation email, so please make sure the email address you provide is accurate.

If the class(es) you selected is full, you will be sent an email saying you have been placed on a waiting list. If a place becomes available, we will contact those on the waiting list.

For programs that require tuition, full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Payments accepted: cash, check (payable to Pratt Institute Saturday Art School), money order, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

Pratt Institute reserves the right to cancel or change any class when circumstances warrant.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Pratt’s youth programs have a Facebook page that announces news and updates to program participants, parents, and the community. To join, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Pratt Institute reserves the right to dismiss any student and/or parent who does not abide by the expectations listed in this handbook. Campus security will restrict access to a child or parent if necessary.


Pratt's youth programs are generously supported by The Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund of The New York Community Trust, The Irma Holland Wolstein Endowed Scholarship Fund, New York State Council on the Arts, The Pinkerton Foundation, Selz Foundation, Turrell Fund, Walter K. Hoerning Foundation, individual donors, and by Pratt Institute.