How is a Conservatory different from a regular school?
The focus of a conservatory is on the development of the entire artist and includes a greater focus on the serious study of the arts than a regular school can offer.
What kind of accreditation does FDL Conservatory have?
We are seeking independent school accreditation through the Kentucky Department of Education and the Kentucky Association of Independent Schools (KAIS/ISACS).
My student wants to attend the Conservatory, but also wants to continue taking lessons/classes with their current dance/music instructor. Is this ok?
Absolutely! FDL Conservatory exists to encourage collaboration between teachers and artists in our area, not to compete with them. The Louisville/Southern Indiana arts community is rich and tight-knit. We value the experience and passions of all local teachers and performers. All students will receive additional private/semi-private lessons as part of their tuition, our instructors are glad to continue working with and build upon the repertoire presented by private lesson teachers.
What happens if my student accepts a role in a professional production that occurs during the school day?
FDL Conservatory exists to encourage these situations! Students who hold a professional/semi-professional role during school will have excused absences, as these instances count as internship opportunities. Online learning for core content classes will be made available during these opportunities so students can stay current on classwork. It is important that parents and students bring long-term productions (greater than 2 weeks) to the Chancellor’s attention as soon as rehearsal/production schedules are made available. The student will be expected to get a certificate of attendance (provided by the Conservatory) signed to validate attendance.
What are the hours and calendar for FDL Conservatory?
The school year will start on the Tuesday after Labor Day (September), and plans to conclude at the end of May. Snow Days will be made up as E-Learning days, and will not need to be added to the calendar.
The school day will run from 8:15 a.m.-4:30 p.m., due to our extended arts training.
How will lunches be served at the Conservatory?
The Conservatory does not have a school-type cafeteria. Students will be able to purchase catered meals at a reasonable price from local restaurants on a weekly basis, or students may bring their own lunch each day.
What kind of technology will students use for academic work?
Students will need to bring either a working laptop computer or iPad with bluetooth keyboard for classwork.