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Admission Policy

General Policy
Flagler Montessori School considers itself more than just a preschool 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. Not all great people would make us happy as our spouse or business partner. We recognize that we may not be the perfect 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 staff are important ways to get to know our community. We will 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 Flagler Beach 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. Flagler Beach Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in administration of educational and admission policies. Following the traditional multi-age Montessori classroom model, Flagler Beach 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 Flagler Beach Montessori School is not the “right fit” for a child and family. Flagler Beach 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.

Admissions Process

Observation and School Tour
Prospective families are required to have a school tour and are encouraged to observe in the classroom before enrolling their child. Appointments for tours  can be made by contacting the Head of School, Kerri Huckabee 386-793-9567.  Tours are scheduled during the later afternoons after classes have been dismissed so that your family can have our complete attention.

Application
If at all possible, parents are encouraged to speak with the Staff of Flagler Beach Montessori School and tour the classroom before submitting an application. All applications will be processed upon receipt of a completed application form.

The application is valid for three years from the application date or until the child is no longer eligible for enrollment. If an offer for enrollment is declined for any reason, the application will be withdrawn. Please remember to notify the school if you change your address or phone number.

Waiting List
If there are no openings available in the program selected, your application will be placed on a waiting list. You will be contacted as soon as space becomes available and will then have two weeks in which to enroll your child by signing our school contract.  Once enrolled you will be responsible for following the 10 month tuition schedule.  Upon enrolling, your family is responsible for paying the first month , as well as the Registration Fee.  These fees are non-refundable.

Provisional Acceptance
All children enrolled are accepted into the program with the understanding that if the teachers feel that the program cannot meet the child’s needs, the staff and parents will explore alternatives together.

Enrollment Agreement
A child is officially enrolled in the program when the school has received the signed enrollment agreement and tuition deposit (first month as well as the registration and materials fee). Enrollment in all programs is binding. Parents are responsible for tuition each month regardless of the amount of time the child attends the school.

Withdrawal

Should a family initiate withdrawal of a child; a minimum of 30 days advance written notice must be given to the school in order to receive a full refund of tuition deposit.

If both the parents and the school administration decide that the Flagler Beach Montessori School program is not appropriate for an enrolled child, the child may be withdrawn and the parents relieved of any further financial responsibility.

If the school decides that the Flagler Beach Montessori School program is not appropriate for an enrolled child, the family is relieved of any further financial obligation.

Enrollment Forms

Flagler Beach Montessori School and The Department of Children and Families require that the following information be kept on file for each child enrolled in the program:

  1. Application
  2. Enrollment contract
  3. Day care registration form
  4. Medical report/immunization documentation
  5. Emergency/Medical treatment consent form
  6. Emergency transportation release form
  7. List of authorized people to pick child up from school
  8. Sunscreen permission form
  9. Photography permission and release form
  10. Activity Release form
  11. Know Your Child Care Facility form
  12. Allergy form

It is your responsibility to notify the school when there is any change in the information provided on these forms.

Tuition Policy
Tuition may be paid annually or monthly (10 monthly payments) in accordance with the following payment schedule:
Annual Due:  This year August 15th
Monthly Due:  The 15th of each month, beginning on the first month of attendance. A late fee of 10.00 per day will be charged for late tuition payments.

Collection Policy
Parents are expected to make payment by the due date or make payment arrangements in writing.  The school understands that families may experience some financial difficulties and are committed to working with any family to make acceptable arrangements for payment.

Returned Checks
A $35.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Tuition Credit
We do understand that unfortunate circumstances surface and we are open to discuss them with you.  Please know that to make our school a success, we need to be understood.  Giving credits for every child’s absence for illness and vacation does work for creating the quality School Environment that will unfold over the years. There will be no credits for absences due to illness, vacations or school closings.  Please be honest with us so we can make it work for you and our school.  Thank you.