Our Admissions Policy and Procedures
We are honored that you are interested in Cattoira Montessori School for your child. We are confident that once you have toured our school and seen our classes you will know that Cattoira Montessori School is the place to help cultivate your child’s full potential.
Observation & School Tour
Parents considering Cattoira Montessori School for their child can schedule a tour of our school and observe the current students in their learning environment. When parents experience a tour and observe a classroom, it helps them determine if our school is a good match for their child and family. During the tour, information is provided about the history of our school, the Montessori Method and an opportunity for questions and answers. To schedule a tour, contact the office at (305) 274-6509 or via firstname.lastname@example.org Tours and observations are recommended for the fall of the year previous to your child’s enrollment but can be conducted any time throughout the year.
All students are required to spend time one-on-one with one of our staff members for a brief evaluation. It is recommended that this evaluation takes place in Jan, Feb, & March on a school day after regular sessions. This is not academic testing. The applying child will have the opportunity to tour the school as part of the admission process. The child has a “visit” as part of his or her familiarization with the school and our familiarization with the child. In addition, this is a time for school personnel to assess the child’s readiness for school. We are looking to get a baseline on your child’s skills, i.e. language and conversational skills, ability to separate from the parent, gross and fine motor skills, independence, ability to take direction from the teacher, and to determine the child’s interest in the learning environment.
Applications are accepted year round, and it is to the student’s advantage to apply as soon as possible. The school has an open enrollment policy whereby students may enroll during the year if space is available. If space is not available, applications are kept on file.
A completed application form must be submitted to the office. The form should be accompanied by the required transcripts and a letter from the parents (see below). Once the application is complete, the application will be reviewed.
Letter from the Parents
We ask that all incoming registration forms be accompanied by a letter from the parents. This letter to the staff/administrator, should state their reasons for choosing the Cattoira Montessori School. It can include information about the child, his/her individual character and learning style, their needs and how you as a parent feel our learning environment will meet those needs.
Parents will be notified of the school’s decision by mail or phone. If accepted, the family will receive the necessary papers to complete the enrollment process. In February, re-enrollment forms are sent to currently enrolled students and by the end of March, vacancies for the next school year are filled from applicants in the waiting pool ready to be admitted.
Registration Forms & Tuition Deposit
An applicant is formally admitted after the office receives the signed Tuition & Fees Agreement and all tuition deposit fees have been received. The Tuition Deposit is 1/10th of the program fees for that year (plus Material Fees for Elementary Students) and are due at the time of acceptance.
Health Forms & Immunizations
All children must have a current Health Form completed by their Physician, and dated within a year. These forms must be signed & updated on an annual basis. All children must have an immunization record on file at the school, or a signed release form of religious exemption.
Emergency Contact Forms
All children are required to have emergency information** updated and on file at all times, from the time of enrollment to the last day of their attendance at Cattoira Montessori.
Allergies & Special Needs
Our program is happy to consider the needs of your child with respect to allergies and dietary restrictions. Each classroom will customize their snack program, to ensure the safety of your child at all times. This may include special training in handling your child’s needs.
General and specific forms are required for each field trip.
Information on Child
Any medical information that might be relevant to the early developmental years of your child’s life should be included on the information sheet at registration.
Special restrictions of any kind (medical, dietary, social), must be clearly indicated on the information page of your child’s registration form. The Cattoira Montessori School is a private school. Cattoira Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to the students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other school-administered programs.