Frequently Asked Questions
We welcome any questions you might have pertaining to our programs. The following are some frequently asked questions:
1. What types of programs do you offer?
2. Do you offer programs for academically gifted students?
3. Do you offer any financial assistance or scholarships?
4. What is the youngest child you can accommodate?
5. Where do residential students stay and eat?
6. What provisions do you have in place to ensure safety?
7. How are children transported to field sites or other locations?
8. Does my child have to have health insurance?
9. Will I be required to sign a release of liability?
10. How is behavior management handled?
We offer a wide variety of programs in subject area, age range and skill level. We offer programs for children from ages ~5-17. Depending on the age, we have both commuter and residential programs. We also offer single gender programs. Currently, we offer programs in art, business, chemistry, design, engineering, environmental science, forensics, geology, history, literacy, marine biology and marine science, robotics and theater.
All of our programs are considered academically challenging. More importantly, they require participants to be highly motivated. We welcome all students who are seriously interested and willing to do their best.
We are able to offer some limited assistance to NC residents. There is also a tuition/fee discount for returning participants. For more information please contact the Youth Director at email@example.com or by calling (910) 962-2118.
The youngest children we can accommodate are kindergarten-ready 4 year olds. We have a limited number of commuter programs for this age group.
Residential students stay in university housing and dine in the cafeteria for most of their meals. Students who stay over on weekends will have the opportunity to dine together with our staff at local eateries popular with UNCW students.
All of our staff are drilled in safety, safety, safety! They undergo a background check, complete first aid and CPR training, along with any additional training that is specific to their position. Students are supervised at all times. Residential students stay in campus housing with our residential assistants. Lifeguards are present any time students are on or near water. Our dive programs are supervised by master divers. Staff review the information on all of their students prior to program start dates so that they are aware of any special circumstances or needs a child might have that require additional safety measures.
Students are transported in school buses or 12 passenger vans. All drivers are safety-trained and hold North Carolina driver’s licenses in good standing. If transportation to a site involves boating, the students are transported on UNCW research vessels or in kayaks led by an ACA certified kayak instructor.
It is highly recommended that all youth programs participants have health insurance.
Yes. The university requires participants and their legal guardians to sign a general release. For specific programs held off campus in partnership with other agencies (for example, diving or visiting a historic site) additional release forms may be required.
All participants and their guardians are required to sign a Code of Conduct. This assures us that everyone is fully informed as to how we expect them to behave during our programs. In general, we operate on a 3-strike policy with zero tolerance for certain behaviors outlined in the Code of Conduct. Our staff participates in a training workshop where they learn best practices in communicating with youth and managing their behavior.
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