Class registration implies acceptance of the school's policies. (Our policies for intensive classes can are listed separately.)
You may register online, by telephone, by mail or in person. Tuition may be paid by check, credit/debit card or cash.
20% of your tuition payment is nonrefundable. We will process a refund of the remaining amount if you withdraw your registration before the second class meeting begins (or later for our intensive classes). In order to be fair to all students, we will not make exceptions to our refund policy under any circumstances.
Classes with fewer than two registered students are canceled before the first scheduled class meeting, so it is best to register as early as possible.
If you register for a class and are unable to continue, you may transfer to a future class instead of withdrawing your registration. You must transfer to a class beginning no later than the following term, and you will be charged a $25 nonrefundable transfer fee.
If you do not choose a new class before the next term begins, we will consider you to have withdrawn and refund 80% of your tuition payment; 20% of tuition and the $25 transfer fee are both nonrefundable.
Tuition must be paid in full before the first class meeting begins. You may save on tuition costs or may incur additional fees as outlined below.
Bounced checks are subject to a $20 handling fee.
Some classes require textbooks and audio CDs that are not included in the cost of tuition. It is the responsibility of the student to purchase all required materials by the time class starts. As of August 2014, the fees for these materials are between $25 and $70.
Level 1 is for those with no previous exposure to the language. If you come to our school with some background in the language, we'll need to evaluate your level to place you in the proper class. Evaluation may be done by means of an interview or a class visit (see below). All placement is at the discretion of the school.
If you've studied Arabic or Farsi before, we'll arrange a class visit to determine your level within our curriculum. Class visits are not permitted for beginning students, who must begin with level 1 (Arabic 1, Arabic 1 biweekly, Fast Track, Summer Intensive or Farsi 1). Please schedule an appointment before visiting a class.
Only registered students and prospective students seeking placement may attend our classes. We cannot accommodate visits from friends or family members of current or prospective students.
You may transfer to a different class for no additional fee if you and your instructor believe you are at the wrong level.
You must submit written notice to cancel your registration. Email messages to the the registrar are acceptable. In addition, we will consider you to have voluntarily canceled your enrollment if you are absent for two class meetings without contacting your instructor.
We will refund your tuition (minus 20%, which is nonrefundable under any circumstances) if you withdraw from a class before the beginning of the second class meeting. No compensation will be given if you withdraw after the second class meeting begins.
Sometimes we cancel a class due to circumstances beyond our control, such as low enrollment or last-minute student withdrawals. If we cancel a class before the second class meeting you wil receive a full refund. After the second class meeting we will process a prorated refund.
Students are expected to arrive on time to each class meeting. Due to our obligations to our instructors and the small size of classes, missed classes cannot be reimbursed or rescheduled. If you wish to make up a missed class, you may attend another section of your class during the week or schedule a private session directly with your teacher. Pacific Arabic does not offer private, one-on-one instruction.
Anyone enrolled in an eight-week grammar course may attend other eight-week grammar courses for no additional fee. These classes must be of the same language, and at or below the level of the course in which you are enrolled. Please speak with your teacher before attending other classes, however, since classes that are already full may not be able to accommodate you.
Very rarely we must cancel a lesson due to circumstances beyond our control, including instructor illness. In this event we will make every effort to contact you immediately. Please provide a daytime phone number so we can reach you in such an event. We will also notify you via email if possible. Canceled lessons will be rescheduled.
Although grades are not given, you may be required to repeat a course if your instructor feels that you are not ready for the next level.
To ensure a supportive learning environment for all, we reserve the right to cancel your enrollment if you engage in behavior disruptive to the education of others, including (but not limited to) verbal harassment and disrespectful behavior toward students, instructors or staff. In this case, we will process a prorated refund minus the nonrefundable portion of your tuition (20%).
You may sit in our front sitting area or an empty classroom if you arrive early for class. Please do not loiter or eat in the hallways, stairways or other office suites within the building. Minors are not allowed on our premises unless registered for a course. We accept students 15 years of age and over.
Our school is fully accessible, and compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Unfortunately, bicycles are not allowed anywhere in the building and must be locked up outside.
Pacific Arabic maintains a library of approximately 1,500 Arabic books at our facility. Enrolled students may borrow up to three books at a time for short durations with their instructor's approval.
Students who smoke may do so outside the building, at least ten feet from the entrance. Smoking is prohibited anywhere in the building.
You're welcome to use our kitchenette, opposite the Cairo Room. There is always tea and water available to students, and occasionally we have coffee and snacks. You may also use our microwave. Food and drink are permitted in the classrooms, but we ask that you clean your area after class, and wash any cups, dishes or silverware you may have used.
Please turn off the ringer of your cell phone before class. We also strongly discourage texting during classes. If you must make or receive a text or phone call during class, we ask that you leave the classroom. The phones and printer at the facility are not for student use.
Pacific Arabic does not discriminate against students, employees or contractors on the basis of age, ancestry, color, creed, disability, gender, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical characteristics, race, religion, sexual orientation or veteran status.