FAQ for Parents

Below are a few of our most frequently asked questions and answers about PHIT Kids & Teens classes. If you have a question that is not addressed here, we encourage you to come to one of our open houses (held 2-4 weeks before the start of our fall and spring sessions) where you can meet staff, sit through a short presentation on our program, and ask questions while your child enjoys a short sample class with one of our instructors. You can also contact the theater directly if you have a question you’d like answered sooner.

What qualifications do students need to take a class?
There are no-prerequisites for any of our Grades K-5, Grades 6-8 Beginner Short-Form Improv, or Grades 9-12 Beginner Long-Form Improv classes. Students can re-take any of these classes as many times as they please within their grade level. The prerequisite for our Grades 6-8 Intermediate Short-Form Improv and Grades 9-12 Intermediate Long-Form Improv classes are two semesters of the beginner level course in each of those age groups.

How many students are in each class?
PHIT Kids & Teens classes are limited to 12 students for Grades K-5, and 14 students for Grades 6-12. We keep our class sizes small to allow for an optimal learning environment for our students.

What is the ratio of students to instructors?
Every PHIT Kids & Teens class is staffed with a lead instructor and teaching assistant. the student-to-teacher ratio is never more than 6:1 in our Grades K-5 classes and 7:1 in our Grades 6-12 classes. We keep these ratios low to ensure that every child in our classes receives the attention they need to learn and develop their improv skills.

Students take a bow at the end of a class demonstration. (Photo Credit: Erin Pitts)

Where do classes meet?
All Kids & Teens classes are held at PHIT’s permanent home at the Adrienne Theater in Center City, Philadelphia.

How safe is your space?
All classrooms and performance spaces have undergone a risk assessment and precautions have been taken to ensure the safety of your child. We also have a strict code of conduct for our students which is outlined in the Kids & Teens Terms & Conditions page.

How much do classes cost?
Our Kids & Teens 8-week classes are priced at $249. Discounts are offered for early registration (check individual class pages for early registration deadlines).

Do you offer babysitting either before or after classes?
At this time we do not offer babysitting either before or after classes. Students can be dropped off and wait with their instructor in the lobby of the building beginning 15 minutes before the start of the class and are expected to be picked up no later than 15 minutes after the end of class.

Students enjoying a scene in PHIT Comedy’s Grade 4-5 Intermediate Improv Skills class (Photo Credit: Tom Lovelund)

How can I pay for class?
When you register your child for a class on the website you’ll be able to pay through Ticketleap. We only accept online payments.

Do you offer payment plans?
Yes! We do offer payment plans in which 50% of the cost of a class is due at registration and the remaining 50% is due before the first class.

Are scholarships available to help me cover the cost of my child’s enrollment?
PHIT recognizes that the cost of our Kids & Teens classes can pose a barrier to entry for some of our students and their families. In an effort to overcome this barrier, PHIT awards a total of 10 needs-based scholarships to study in our Kids & Teens Training Center in each of our sessions throughout the year.

PHIT’s Kids & Teens Scholarships are need-based and open to any family who self-identifies such a need. Because we have a limited number of scholarships, we ask that applicants be mindful of their need when considering submitting an application so that the scholarships we award can be given to students who might not otherwise be able to benefit from our classes without support from the theater. Partial and full scholarships are available.

Application deadlines and notification dates for each semester are clearly outlined on the Scholarship link on our website. PHIT Kids & Teens Scholarships cannot be exchanged for money (i.e. if you have already signed up for a class, you can’t apply the scholarship and get a refund on your payment). The current scholarship application form can be found at this link.

A busy morning in Philly Improv Theater’s lobby as students arrive for class. (Photo Credit: Erin Pitts)

What’s the class refund policy?
After you register your child for a class and we have received your payment there are NO REFUNDS. Please consider your calendar, and ask any questions you have about the class (by contacting us), before you register.

Is it possible to transfer from one class to another?
We do not allow students to transfer between classes.

What if my child misses a class? Are there makeups?
Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for full attendance policy. At the current time, we do not have any makeup classes available within the Kids & Teens schedule.

What’s the school’s policy on snow/bad weather days?
PHIT loves snow, but we always say that forgetting how bad it can be when we want to have class and our students can’t make it. Sometimes our winter classes have to be cancelled when we get a heavy snowfall — in these cases an extra class will be added, on the same day of the week and time as the class normally meets and one week after class normally ends.

We’ll ask for a Primary and Emergency contact before the first day of class so that if we ever do cancel class, you’ll get an email and a call as soon as possible.