Admission to the program is based upon child suitability, child/parent interest and commitment to the Montessori principles. Pre-testing is not required. Students are accepted regardless of race, creed, color, religion, sex, or national or ethnic origin.
Parents who are interested in enrolling their children first must set up an appointment to tour the school and meet with the Director. This initial visit is usually without the child to enable the parents and Director to focus on the program. A typical admission sequence is as follows.
Parents visit, observe and meet with the Director.
Child and parents visit classroom, and meet with teacher and Director.
If accepted, and upon receipt of completed application forms, materials fee, deposit and registration fee, parents will be sent a letter of acceptance, along with other forms to be completed.
Enrollment of your child is considered a commitment for the entire school year. As such, any tuition monies paid can not be refunded, and any outstanding tuition balance is still owed. However, parents may cancel the enrollment if they inform the program in writing within 30 days after the date of their signed Application for Admission without penalty, except for forfeit of the registration fee. If enrollment is cancelled after said 30 days, the obligation to pay the full annual tuition is binding. Tuition is due regardless of absence due to illness, holidays or school closings.
A sibling discount of 10% (off the lower tuition) is available for the enrollment of a second child from the same family.
The Fall semester’s tuition is due by the preceding June 15. The Spring semester’s tuition is due by January 1 of the following year. The deposit is a part of the total tuition, and is applied toward the second semester’s tuition.
A monthly payment plan is also available, which is typically 10 installments. The monthly plan is computed by subtracting the deposit from the total tuition and then dividing the remainder by the number of payments. A small finance charge will be included in each monthly payment.
An additional charge of $25 per month will be added for all payments 10 days past the due date.
An “overtime” charge of $1 per minute will be added for any child not picked up at his/her regular dismissal time.