Frequently Asked Questions
- What ages does the Creative Arts Program Serve?
- How many students participate in the program?
- Who is the program director?
- Who are the instructors?
- Where does the program take place?
- What are the dates for CAP?
- What hours does CAP run?
- What is a typical day like?
- When will my child pick his/her classes?
- Can you guarantee that my child will get his top choice classes?
- If my child comes by him/herself, will he/she be the only one without a friend? Will everyone else know someone?
- Do you offer options for extended care?
- Is there a nurse on-site?
- Are you prepared to deal with students with serious allergies?
- Are parents ever invited to visit?
- My child has a birthday while he/she is at CAP. Is it possible to do something special?
- How is lunch handled?
- What supplies or clothing should my child bring each day? Are they able to store items in lockers overnight?
- Is there parking in front of the school if I want to drive to CAP?
- What are the closest subways to Berkeley Carroll?
- How can the CAP staff be contacted during the day? What sort of communication can I expect during the summer?
- What forms will you need?
- I’m using my Flex Spending account to pay for camp. What is Berkeley Carroll’s EIN number?
- What is your refund policy?
The CAP faculty is comprised of Berkeley Carroll teachers, instructors from other schools in New York city, working artists, aquatics and athletics professionals, and energetic high school and college students, who serve as counselors in training. We are proud of our experienced, committed and diverse team, and are pleased to have the vast majority of our staff return summer after summer.
CAP takes place at the Berkeley Carroll Upper and Middle School campus, located at 181 Lincoln Place in Park Slope. Swimming classes happen at BC’s Athletic Center on President Street, and some performing arts classes take place at Berkeley Carroll's Marlene Clary Performance Space at 152 Sterling Place.
Course registration will take place in April or May. Course assignments are done on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage families to sign up early. Students will learn their course schedule before the program starts, and will have an opportunity before the program to add or drop courses if they are not fully satisfied with their schedules. Once the program starts, students will not be able to add or drop classes.
No, definitely not. We have a good mix of Berkeley Carroll children, non-BC children, returning students, new students, neighborhood children, children from other parts of Brooklyn and the city, etc. Our faculty and counselors also make every effort to create a cohesive, integrated group, so all children feel welcome and included, regardless of whether they come to CAP with friends or by themselves.
Yes, we offer a morning session for extended day that runs from 7:45 - 8:45 am, and an afternoon session that runs from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. It is not necessary for students to attend the full extended day session. Instead, families will be billed based on the time the student is present, rounded up to the nearest thirty-minute interval. For example, a student who is dropped off at 8:20 am will be charged for thirty minutes in the morning, and a child who is picked up at 4:55 will be charged for one hour in the afternoon.
Extended day care costs $15/hour, but we do offer discounted tuition for families who use the service more extensively. Here is a list of pricing (which reflects total usage for the whole summer, and not for each week):
0-10 hours: $15/hour
11-20 hours: $14/hour
21-30 hours: $13/hour
31-40 hours: $12/hour
41-50 hours: $11/hour
50+ hours: $10/hour
The prices listed above will only apply to families who pre-pay for extended day. Families who use the service on an as-needed basis will be charged $15/hour, and will be invoiced accordingly. Please only purchase the number of hours you are certain you will use, as we are not able to refund families who hours they do not end up needing.
Information about Extended Day will be sent out in late May/early June.
Yes, we have a full-time nurse working at the program to handle all medical situations. She will have carefully reviewed all health forms before the start of the summer, and might be in touch with families directly if she has any questions about their child’s medical history.
Other members of our staff also have advanced first-aid and CPR training, and are able to assist in a medical emergency.
Yes, we have many students with serious allergies, and our staff receives training in how to identify anaphylaxis and how to use an epipen.
We ask that parents provide two epipens for CAP: one to be kept with the students at all times (including swim time and any outings) and one that can be kept with the nurse as back up. Please label these epipens with your child’s names, and please be sure they have not expired.
At Berkeley Carroll, we are a nut and seed free environment, and do not serve any nuts or seeds in the cafeteria. If students chose to bring a lunch or snack, we ask that those be nut and seed free as well.
Every student is assigned a locker, so they are welcome to leave items in their lockers overnight. All materials are provided for CAP classes, so there is no need to bring anything special on the first day. If your child participates in a swim class, they will need a swimsuit, towel, and flip flops. Goggles are optional. We will provide a swim cap.
There is only street parking in front of Berkeley Carroll, so the chances of finding a legal spot are slim, especially in the mornings. While many parents choose to double park while they drop off their child, we discourage this whenever possible, since the police frequently ticket on our block, and double parked cars can sometimes block traffic from getting through.
During the program, if you need to contact your child or the CAP office you can email or call the program director. Before the start of the program, we will send out contact details.
We will send home a Weekly Update on Fridays with notes from the CAP office and articles about CAP happenings. We will also send home information the week before CAP begins with first day information, and an email the week before Festival Day with information about the end of the program. If you have any questions in between, feel free to reach out.
We require a health form and a dismissal form, so we know who can pick up your child from CAP (or if your child can dismiss his/herself). The health form must be less than a year old, per Department of Health regulations. Your child may not attend CAP if he/she does not have a health form on file.
We will issue Berkeley Carroll summer program ID cards to all the people who have indicated can pick your child up from CAP. Please be sure to bring these IDs when you come to campus, as you will need to show the card in order to enter the school building. If anyone comes to campus without the Berkeley Carroll ID card, we will ask to see a photo ID to verify the identity of the person picking up your child.