About Us >> Common Questions

What is your Information Night schedule?

Click here to view our current Information Night schedule.

How old does my child
need to be to matriculate?

The minimum age for enrollment is 2 years, 10 months old.

We understand that many parents are eager to admit their child before the age of 2.10, however, there is a certain amount of maturity needed to engage independently in a Montessori classroom. We are a school setting rather than a day care setting and we want your child to be successful. If your child is not able to be independent due to their age or maturity level, it is best if you enroll him or her in another daycare or school setting before enrolling them to our school. Thank you for understanding.

Children must be fully “potty trained” before starting school. Although infrequent accidents may happen, we are not prepared to withdraw a teacher from the classroom to change diapers or clean bottoms on a regular basis. We also ask that your child is fully independent in the bathroom (able to pull up and down their own clothing, wash hands properly, etc.). We cannot enroll your child until he or she is competent in these areas.

We encourage you to come to an Information Night, ask questions, and schedule a follow-up visit with your child, which will give you and us a good idea of how well your child adapts to our preschool environment.

What is your enrollment process?

Please read about our enrollment process here.

Do you allow mid-year enrollment?

We being our school year with a full roster. However, if you would like to enroll your child as soon as possible, we encourage you to continue with the enrollment process as we typically get around one or two openings throughout the school year due to unexpected moves, etc. We keep a running wait list of families who have completed all of the enrollment steps and these people will be contacted first should there be an opening.

How many classrooms, students, and teachers do you have? What is the student:teacher ratio?

We have two large, open floors with lots of space and light and as much of nature as we can bring inside! Licensed for 36 students, we have a maximum of 18 students in each classroom (upstairs and downstairs), with one lead Montessori teacher in each classroom, accompanied by an assistant. Each student receives ample one-on-one time with teachers, in addition to self-directed individual and group activities.

What are school hours? Do you offer both full- and part-time programs? 

We are open Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 6 pm. Our traditional uninterrupted work period is from 8 am to 11 am, which is followed by an organic lunch, a nap period, and after-school activities from 3:30 to 6 pm.

We have one full-time tuition option.

How much is tuition?

Please inquire about the most updated tuition rates at our Information Night or via email. There is only one full-time tuition price plus an additional lunch fee.

Does my child need to be potty trained?

It is imperative that your child is fully potty trained at his or her time of enrollment. Your child must be able to be able to independently take care of all bathroom needs (using the bathroom, wiping, proper hand washing, etc). It is very important that they have these skills before they begin. Thank you for understanding!

We are willing to assist when a child has an “accident”, but due to the teacher:student ratio and the way our program is set up, we do not have the ability to assist with this process on a regular basis.

What do you serve for snacks and lunch?

Great care and attention is given to our seasonal menus. We offer a variety of organic fruits all morning and serve organic lunches comprised of fresh and local produce (organic doesn’t mean much if the produce is shipped from Argentina!) and protein components. Afternoon snacks (also organic) are filling enough to see the child home but not interrupt their appetite for dinner. We have filtered water available at all times for the children to pour for themselves.

Do you take Field Trips?

Our concept of Field Trips has been taken to the next level: Family Meet-ups! We post destinations throughout the year for interested families to join one another for fun and adventure–very much intended build community outside of the school grounds! Some of these events will be staffed and a couple of these are for families to enjoy only.

What about parent participation?

We require parents to help support the school by either working 10 hours per school year per child or a cash contribution of $17.50 per hour of hours not worked (very much appreciated but not as much fun!) to create a more fabulous environment for our students. Parents organize our social and fundraising events and lend a hand with garden and classroom maintenance. We also welcome contributions of expertise and talent–web site and IT assistance, handyman help, painters, musicians, professional bubble blowers (yes, really!), storytellers, etc. If you have any other ideas, please do not hesitate to ask us! It is your responsibility to turn in your hours worked twice a year.

How do you approach discipline in the classroom?

Inherent in Montessori education are practices and skills that give the children frequent opportunities to be respectful of others and the environment. For instance, in a Montessori classroom there will be one of every activity, requiring a child to wait for their turn or ask to join the desired activity with another child. Our students care for plants and insects at the school, as well, which deepens their connection to and respect for the natural world.

Part of fostering independence is imbuing the children with the aptitude and confidence to say, “Please stop, I don’t like that,” or “I don’t want to share this work right now, but you can be next when I’m finished.” Our mantra with the children is, “This is a school where you can do most anything you like, as long as you do not bother others.”

In those instances when a child acts out of character, we will explore the usual causes with them (hungry? tired? feeling ill? change in routine outside of school?) and take appropriate action. In the rare instance when a child intentionally harms another by hitting, pushing, or biting, the teacher has a one-on-one talk with the child, with the strong message that hurting others is not allowed, and we send a note home with both of the students involved, so that parents are always fully informed.

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