In compliance with U.S. Department of Education Student Consumer Information guidelines, The Ailey School provides to prospective and current students all consumer information as required by state and federal laws and regulations. These laws are intended to satisfy students' right-to-know, and afford the opportunity for students to make fully informed choices regarding the institution they elect to attend.
Accreditation and Credentials
The Ailey School is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD). A copy of the School's accreditation and other credentials may be obtained from the Admissions Office. The Ailey School is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an institution of higher education and is eligible to participate in Title IV programs. The Ailey School is recognized by the US Veterans Administration as an eligible school to participate in Veteran's Educational Benefit Programs. The Ailey School is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students.
The Ailey School Student Handbooks provide essential information for students and their parents. Handbooks are distributed annually to all incoming and currently enrolled students and are updated regularly. It is the responsibility of each student to read their division-specific handbook and become familiar with School policies and procedures as well as their rights and responsibilities as an Ailey School student.
Professional Division Student Handbook - 2021-2022 School Year
Junior Division Student Handbook - 2021-2022 School Year
Student Body Diversity Rates
Under Higher Education Amendments Post-Secondary Institutions must publish the diversity rates of its student body. As the curriculum of Certificate and Independent-Study Program require fulltime attendance, there are no part-time student diversity rates. The rates below reflect diversity rates for The Ailey School’s 2016-2017 school year.
Completion and Retention Rates
According to the Federal Title IV Higher Education Amendments of 1998, schools must track the rate at which students complete their post-secondary education. The cohort used to calculate this rate is restricted by the Amendments to students who begin their enrollment at a post-secondary school for the first time since completing high school. As the Certificate and Independent-Study Programs are fulltime programs that require students to complete either program within the timeframes of the program. As the Certificate Program is a 3-year long program, current rates are based on students who were “first-time, first-enrolled” in fall 2014.
2014-15 Retention Rates
The Retention Rate of the first-time, first-term students who started their studies in the fall 2014 semester is 100% as all four Certificate Students re-enrolled in the fall 2015 semester. All four Independent-Study students graduated at the end of the spring 2015 semester after the successfully completing the 2014-15 school year.
The Ailey School is proud of its history of developing accomplished, well-rounded women and men who contribute to society as artists, educators, and performers. Alumni of our B.F.A., Scholarship, Certificate, and Independent Study programs have pursued successful performing arts careers in a wide range of leading dance companies and Broadway productions. Alumni additionally become choreographers, producers, directors of their own companies, arts administrators, and dance teachers. Others have gone on to study at prestigious conservatories, colleges and universities, pursuing both dance and non-dance degrees. A comprehensive list of alumni can be found on the Alumni page. Survey results on post-completion employment statistics are collected annually. If you are an alumna of The Ailey School and wish to be included in our statistics, please email email@example.com.
Gainful Employment Data
In accordance with the Student Consumer Information Regulations of the United States Department of Education, The Ailey School provides students and their families information to which they are entitled to as consumers.
The Ailey School is committed to providing full disclosure of all consumer information as required by state and federal laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are intended to satisfy students' right-to-know, and offer students and their families the information needed in order to make fully informed choices regarding the institution they elect to attend.
Health and Safety
Policy on Drugs, Tobacco, and Alcohol Abuse
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) and The Ailey School are committed to promoting the physical, intellectual, social, and ethical development of all individuals and to preventing alcohol and other drug-related problems among all members of its community. To that end, the unlawful possession, use, or distribution of a controlled substance (illicit drugs, alcohol, etc.) either on AADF's property or at AADF sponsored activities, is prohibited. Any person found to have violated this policy will be subject to sanctions including, but not limited to, admonition, disciplinary probation, termination of employment or enrollment, complaint to civil authorities, and/or referral for counseling through outside intervention organizations.
The Ailey School provides resources and referral services for all students confronted with a problem of drug and/or alcohol abuse. This resource list can be found in The Ailey School Student Handbook, which is distributed to every full-time student, and in the Admissions Office. Employees may obtain information about such resources from the office of the Human Resources Generalist.
This policy and its requirements are in accordance with the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 and the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 and will be distributed annually to each AADF employee each full-time Ailey School student.
Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation (AADF) does not condone malevolent behavior of any kind. The facilities are monitored by AADF staff throughout operating hours. Students are asked to report to the School Administrator or Security Supervisor, any incidence of physical assault, sexual molestation (forced, or not), manifestation of prejudice, or theft occurring on campus. Guilty parties may be subject to disciplinary action by AADF. Statistics concerning the occurrence of reported offenses for the three previous calendar years on campus are available in The Ailey School "Annual Campus Security and Crime Statistics Report" (below). AADF is also committed to providing an environment that is safe and secure. The annual security and fire safety compliance document is available from the Facilities Manager upon request. The document contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including: crime prevention, fire safety, crime reporting policies, and disciplinary procedures.
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
FERPA was designed by United States Government to protect the privacy of student education records. Parents of students, or eligible students currently in attendance at The Ailey School, have the right under this Act to:
- Inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of making a request to the Registrar’s Office;
- Seek amendment of the student's education records, with the Registrar’s Office, that the parent or eligible student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights;
- Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information in the student's education records, except to the extent that the Act authorizes disclosure without consent; and
- File with the US Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by the School to comply with the requirements of the Act and this part. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901
Who should I contact at The Ailey School if I have questions regarding FERPA?
Individuals having questions regarding FERPA may Jenny Little, Registrar. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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To request an Official Transcript, students must fill out the online Transcript Request Form and pay a $15 processing. Upon receipt of payment, transcripts will be mailed within 5 business days.
Students who prefer to pick up their Official Transcripts in-person will receive the transcript in a sealed envelope to deliver to another institution. The transcript must remain sealed in the envelope when delivered to another institution in order to be considered official.
Students that attended The Ailey School prior to 2006, should contact the Registrar directly to inquire about the availability of their student records. The Ailey School may deny transcript requests to students with past-due balances on their record.
If you need assistance or need to request multiple transcripts at once, please e-mail email@example.com.
Both enrolled and prospective students may file a formal complaint about the School with the School’s Administration for resolution. The grievance policy can found on page 39 of The Student Handbook.
New York State Office of College and University Evaluation
For information and guidance on how and under what circumstances enrolled and prospective students may file a formal complaint, please visit the New York State Office of College and University Evaluation.