The Schoolhouse employs a multi-age approach in the classroom. Children age three attend three days/week, children age four attend four days/week, and children age five attend 5 days/week. All students attend from 9am to 1pm and pack a lunch.
The following groups are given priority in the registration process, a lottery will be held if the Schoolhouse receives more applications than openings.
1. All children currently enrolled in the Schoolhouse
2. Siblings of currently enrolled schoolhouse children
3. Alumni children previously enrolled in the Schoolhouse and Siblings of previously enrolled children
All families wishing to take advantage of their priority status must submit their registration form before February 13th. A priority family cannot bump a new student from enrollment if they communicate their intention concerning registration after February 13th.
Additional Admissions Information
There is a $80 non-refundable application fee for a child that has never attended the Schoolhouse and a $50 non-refundable fee for returning students that is due with the application. This fee will be refunded to families not admitted during the lottery process.
A lottery will be held if the Schoolhouse receives more applications than openings. Once the sequence for priority registration has been completed, new families to The Children’s Schoolhouse will fill the remaining places through a lottery system. All families who have submitted a registration application by the hour of the lottery will be included in the lottery. Families are encouraged to attend an Open House prior to submitting a registration application. An Open House is always held the morning of the lottery for families wishing to visit the school and is the final opportunity to submit an application to be included in the lottery. Families with more than one child entering the lottery will have more than one name entered but both children will be admitted if the name should be drawn. The waiting list will be kept until the next admission period to fill vacancies and to handle the waiting list priority.
The Children’s Schoolhouse believes that positive interaction among children of various backgrounds during pre-school years are important. The Children’s Schoolhouse has always endorsed and sought to enroll a student mix of gender, age and ethnic origin. In an attempt to achieve this mix, the Board has implemented a policy of seeking at least 10% culturally diverse and special economic needs students within the total enrollment. For The Children’s Schoolhouse to maintain an environment in which the student/teacher ration is compliant with the Schoolhouse philosophy, a 8:1 student/adult ratio or better will be upheld with the maximum number of children per day not to exceed twenty-eight. If through the Lottery or waiting list procedure, a situation arises (i.e. multiple children from one family) which causes admissions to exceed 28/day, the Admissions Committee will consult the Board. Final decision concerning the classroom size will be determined by the Board. The Board has also advised that a 50-50 ratio be achieved between boys and girls and between three and four-year-olds. Therefore, age, gender, ethnic origin and economic background may be determining factors in the child’s placement at The Children’s Schoolhouse in order to achieve this mix.
Lottery participants offered admission will receive registration forms with their notification that must be returned to the Admissions Chairperson by three weeks after the Lottery. If a family chosen from the Lottery declines, every effort will be made to replace the child with a child of the same gender and age. If a child is admitted later than through the waiting list, the family will be contacted first by telephone and then sent a registration form. These forms should be returned within two weeks to the Admissions Chairperson. If an opening occurs after June 1st, the Admissions Chair is given the authority by the Board of Directors to fill the available slots in the best interest of the cooperative (i.e. by whether the parent can take the offered volunteer opportunity). If a family declines enrollment because of the specific volunteer opportunities, they may choose to move to the end of the waiting list.
It is the policy of The Children’s Schoolhouse not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin in its educational programs, admissions policies, employment and general policies.