FAQ

At a time when we are uncertain about how and where our children are going to be educated, Pinecrest Gardens understands the importance of providing an educational platform where students can learn and grow together.  Pinecrest Gardens wanted this to be a platform where it could teach your child science art on-site and online, so it asked its Artist-in-Residence, Xavier Cortada, to create a curriculum for its new Cortada Science Art Academy at Pinecrest Gardens (CSAAPG).  Developed through the lens of three decades of art projects and programming across six continents, Cortada’s CSAAPG curriculum is being taught as after-school courses by Adam Roberti. Roberti, who directs Cortada Projects, has a Masters in Professional Science and has trained Miami-Dade County Public School science and art teachers, organized science art seminars in every Miami-Dade County Public Library Branch and provided presentations to students across many Pinecrest schools.

Below are some of the questions you may have about our program. Please note that special measures are being taken to avoid virus transmission at Pinecrest Gardens. If you have any specific concerns, please contact Lacey Bray, Educational Program Coordinator at Pinecrest Gardens at (305) 669-6990.

Accordion Content

Because coronavirus is highly contagious and we still do not fully understand its impacts, Pinecrest Gardens is following all CDC guidelines and taking additional measures to ensure the health and safety of your child and our CSAAPG  instructors. You can read more here.

 

Registration for CSAAPG is completed online through Pinecrest Gardens’ registration portal and accepted based on availability. Please ensure that you provide a contact email you can be reached at for our weekly program communications and up-to-date emergency contact information.

Click here to be redirected to the registration portal.

Families can decide whether to enroll their child in the full semester, in a single module, or in select weeks which are offered both on-site and online. Review the schedule, dates, and times to see which option works best for you and your child here.

For on-site instruction, full semester enrollment is $3,000, single module enrollment is $1,200, and select week enrollment is $300.

For online instruction via Zoom, full semester enrollment is $2,250, single module enrollment is $900, and single week enrollment is $255.

Pricing includes learning materials, art supplies, and program t-shirts. Families who choose to enroll in online instruction will have supplies sent to their home.

All payments are completed through the online registration portal and handled solely by Pinecrest Gardens. If you have any specific inquiry as it relates to payment processing, please contact Lacey Bray at (305) 669-6990.

Pinecrest Gardens is launching the Academy on October 5th with the implementation of Module Two. We plan to use some of the revenue from this module to provide need-based scholarships for the third module and beyond (dependent on registration numbers). In mid-October, we will assess what scholarship opportunities, if any, are available and will post that announcement on our website and social media. In the interim, you can access Cortada’s ongoing participatory art projects which he has provided free of charge to our community and its public institutions for the past two decades. Learn more here.

CSAAPG programming is presented as one hour and 15 minute daily sessions.  Sessions are scheduled by grade level: Grades 3-5 will begin at 3:30 p.m., grades 6-8 will begin at 5 p.m., and grades 9-12 will begin at 6:30 p.m. A Homeschool STEAM Enrichment Option is also available to high school students at 2 p.m. 

Families can decide whether to enroll their child in the full semester, in a single module, or in select weeks which are offered both on-site and online via Zoom. Review the schedule, dates, and times to see which option works best for you and your child here.

Students will learn about biodiversity, Florida’s fragile ecosystems, and the role of polar science in global environmental concerns. Eco-artist Xavier Cortada’s practice serves as the foundation for this program, teaching students an interdisciplinary approach to addressing climate change and how to practice empathy for others in our daily lives. Using science and art, students will learn to understand and express complex ideas and develop essential skills to not only protect our local environment, but to become leaders in a changing world.

 The full curriculum can be found here.

Contingent upon enrollment, classes would simultaneously be available on Zoom for a distance learning alternative.

Parents will be sent a Zoom link at the start of each week along with other program communications and updates on their child. Zoom online instruction for CSAAPG is synchronous, meaning that programming happens in real time with on-site instruction. A Zoom moderator is available to assist online students in engaging with the program, answer any questions they may have, and facilitate interactions with on-site students. 

Students who choose the online option will be full participants in every discussion, project, and activity that takes place on-site at Pinecrest Gardens. While students on-site will receive a personal bin containing all necessary materials, students online will be shipped an identical kit containing all of the supplies they will need to participate remotely. 

To create an inclusive experience for all students in the Academy if there is a Zoom component, on-site students will receive an iPad, earbuds, and internet access so they can be on the Zoom call with their online peers throughout each class. This method will allow for all students, on-site or online, to see and hear one another in an engaged and meaningful way.

At maximum enrollment, the instructor-student ratio is one instructor for every seven students.

At minimum enrollment, the instructor-student ratio is one instructor for every three students.

All program materials will be provided to students in individual bins to be handled only by the student and the instructor. All students must wear their own self-provided face masks at all times while on Pinecrest Gardens premises with no exception. For health safety and hygiene purposes, we require that students leave toys, comfort items like blankets, electronic games or other personal items at home to limit virus transmission. Additionally, while we will make every reasonable attempt to protect student possessions, CSAAPG is not responsible for the loss, damage or theft of any items your child may bring.

Students attending the program via Zoom online instruction will receive all program materials delivered to their home. The only other materials online students may need include a laptop or computer and working headphones, microphone, and a webcam to be able to virtually engage with instructors and other students.

Family members will not be allowed inside the facility in order to maintain health and safety among students and staff. Because of this, we highly recommend you keep up-to-date with program communications and updates sent to your email at the start of each week. You will be sent updates on your child, their work, information on what they’ll be learning, related projects in the week ahead and a Zoom link, if attending the program virtually. Please use the email you’d like to receive these weekly communications during registration.

No, food and snacks will not be provided. Students are not permitted to bring food or drinks (other than a closed top water bottle, preferably with first and last name written on it) to their session.

The CDC recommends that the same parent or designated person drop off and pick up the child every day. All drop off and pick up will be conducted outside in a curbside style and will have designated areas. The parent or designated person along with anyone who is not registered in the program must always remain in the vehicle. It is required that everyone inside the vehicle must have a face covering on during drop-off and pick-up procedures prior to the employee approaching your vehicle. Failure to comply with this safety protocol will result in the denial of program attendance, as we will not be able to safely administer the health screening.

The parent or designated guardian of each student will adhere to all sign-in procedures during drop-off and sign-out procedures during pick-up to ensure the safety of all students. Sign-in and Sign out procedures will require proof of identification. Parents can provide identification from the safety of their vehicle.

If you think you will be late to pick up your child, please notify us in advance at lbray@pinecrest-fl.gov and info@cortadaacademy.org. Otherwise, you must arrive at Pinecrest Gardens at your child’s dismissal time to pick them up. Please understand that due to COVID-19 restrictions and social distancing guidelines we cannot provide extra care for late pick up.

If you need to pick-up your child before their session ends, please contact Pinecrest Gardens at (305) 669-6990 or email us ahead of time at lbray@pinecrest-fl.gov and info@cortadaacademy.org.

No, your child will not fall behind if they miss a class. If your child needs to miss a day or starts the program late, we can provide you a link(s) to watch a recorded session(s) upon request.

CSAAPG strives to maintain a safe and inclusive learning environment by instilling empathy in students and guiding them in discovering their interconnectedness with all life on the planet – including one another. 

Therefore, we expect all students to adhere to the following standards:

  • Respect other people’s conversations, thoughts, and ideas
  • Show compassion and selflessness for your peers and the world around you
  • Trust in your curiosity, creativity, and character to always do the right thing
  • Refrain from disruptive behavior, violence of any kind and inappropriate language
  • Comply with all COVID-19 safety protocols including social distancing and facial covering measures

Because park facilities are open to the public, your child may not stay in the Gardens after their session unless supervised by a parent or guardian. To protect the safety of each student in the program, staff and instructors will make every attempt to ensure your child is supervised during their session from the time of drop-off to pick-up. Otherwise, you must arrive at Pinecrest Gardens at your child’s dismissal time to pick them up (see our late policy above).

CSAAPG is in compliance with the Village of Pinecrest, Miami-Dade County and CDC guidelines. If, at any moment, Miami-Dade County were to order a shutdown of businesses and services, the program will be moved to its online Zoom platform. In this scenario, you will be reimbursed for the difference between the on-site and online costs. If you decide you don’t want your child to participate virtually, you have a right to be refunded for the portion of the program that has been cancelled.

CSAAPG reserves the right to move on-site instruction to Zoom online instruction at any point for health and safety concerns. In this scenario, you will be reimbursed for the difference between the on-site and online costs. If you decide you don’t want your child to participate virtually, you have a right to be refunded for the portion of the program that has been cancelled.

Refunds, less any non-refundable fees, are made only when Pinecrest Gardens receives written notice of cancellation before the first day of the scheduled program. Refunds are not given the day the program begins or thereafter. Pinecrest Gardens will discuss refunds due to health-related concerns on a case-by-case basis.

In the event of an emergency, please feel free to contact Pinecrest Gardens at (305) 669-6990. If your emergency contact information changes at any point during the program, please let us know as soon as possible so that we may update our records.

Yes, your child may be photographed or videotaped during their session for print or online publications, presentations, website or social media, as expressed upon registration. All sessions will be recorded and saved via Zoom. 

Pinecrest Gardens, South Florida’s Cultural Arts Park, presents Cortada Science Art Academy at Pinecrest Gardens as part of the Village of Pinecrest’s educational programming.

For more information contact info@cortadaacademy.org or visit www.pinecrestgardens.org.