Namaste Montessori School considers itself more than just a school or daycare program, we consider ourselves a true community of families that share a vision, values, and goals for our children. Beginning the admissions process and learning about our school is a process of learning about each other, similar to dating. Our primary goal in the admissions process is to help each family find the perfect match. Just as not all great people would make us happy as our spouse or business partner, we recognize that we may not be the perfect match as a school for every family. The admissions process is a chance for us to get to know each other.
Honesty in any relationship is key to its success. We are not here to convince prospective families that our school is right for them. We actively encourage families to observe and explore the many school options available. Our goal is to present our program as truthfully as possible, help families to grasp the nature of our school and what we have to offer, and allow them to weigh all the factors out as they consider whether our school is indeed the right match for them.
School tours, classroom observations, open houses, Montessori education meetings, and meetings with the Head of School are important ways to get to know our community. We have a lending library of videos, DVDs, and books that describe the Montessori philosophy of education and are a great resource for current as well as prospective parents.
When we admit a new student, we are not simply bringing him or her into the school community. We are bringing the child, his parents, siblings, and extended family into the mix. In making admissions decisions we normally give strong preference to families who share common values and goals with the school, and who, after careful consideration and exploration, have concluded that our school is something that they want very much for their children, for the right reasons.
We consider applications for admissions on a case-by-case open admission basis. When no openings are available children will be placed in the applicant group waiting list. In the event of an opening, children in this group will be considered based on the date an application was received and age and needs of the child (in accordance with the Montessori principle of a multi-age classroom). Siblings of currently enrolled students, children of staff members, and transfers from other Montessori schools may be granted priority in the admissions process.
The Namaste Montessori School admits students of any race, color, nationality, and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Namaste Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of educational policies and admission policies. Following the traditional multi-age Montessori classroom model, Namaste Montessori School is committed to creating a balanced learning environment for all students. We are committed to integrating and accommodating children with special needs into our program, in accordance with the Montessori philosophy and appropriate early childhood practices. In some circumstance’s Namaste Montessori School is not the “right fit” for a child and family. Namaste Montessori School reserves the right not to accept a child into the program or to ask a child to leave the program based on the school’s inability to meet the needs of the child. We will support the family in finding a program better suited to the child’s specific needs.