Procedures for Admissions to Children’s House at Serenbe
Children’s House at Serenbe admits children regardless of economic or social class, race, ethnic heritage, religious beliefs or family structure. Parents or guardians of children between the ages of 2 ½ to 4 years are welcome to apply (independence in bathroom is a requirement). The application deadline for Fall 2018 is March 23, 2018. Applications received after that date will be processed as spaces become available.
STEP 1: Open House and Classroom Observation
We request that prospective parents attend an Open House, schedule a classroom observation and/or attend other school events.
STEP 2: Submit Application
- Please complete the application form and mail a non-refundable $75.00 application fee.
- Contact the office to request the Authorization for Release of Information and Teacher Recommendation forms, if applicable. Completed forms are required for a complete application packet and must be received directly from the current school office in order to be valid.
STEP 3: Parent & Child Interview
Upon receipt of your completed application packet you will be contacted in order to schedule a child visit and separate parent interview. We request that both parents and/or guardians be present for the parent interview, if applicable. In some cases we may request that a child return for a second visit. If we feel that our school environment is not the best match for your child and/or family, you will be informed.
STEP 4: Admission
Admissions decisions are made by the Administration in conjunction with the teaching staff. These decisions are based on an evaluation of the child’s visit, parent interview, school transcripts (if a transferring student) and the needs of the existing class with regard to balance of age and sex. Applicants submitting applications on or before the February 17 deadline will be contacted with a decision from the school during the first week of April. Priority is given to those who have previous Montessori experience.
STEP 5: Enrollment Contract and Child Forms
Receipt of signed contract and a non-refundable enrollment fee of $600.00 secures a place for your child. At this time you will be contractually obligated for the year’s tuition.
After receiving the signed contract and $600 enrollment fee, the school will issue a parent handbook and appropriate forms to be completed and returned to us prior to your child’s start date. Parents are required to read the parent handbook in its entirety and sign an agreement to adhere to the guidelines within. All forms, including immunization records, must be current and on file in our office in order for your child to begin school.
If a space is not immediately available, you may wish to be placed in our waiting group. You will receive notification of your child’s waiting group status as spaces become available. Children placed in the waiting group for the current academic year who do not enroll must re-apply for acceptance the following academic year. In this case, the application fee will be waived.