The age of entry begins at six months for the Parent-Child Program, two years for the Toddler Program, and three years for the Primary Program. Continuing first and second year students in a Primary classroom will remain in their current class. Due to constraints of licensing agencies, insurance and the public school system, a child’s chronological age is the main gauge used in placement. For all of our programs, we use observations, input from teachers, and Summer Program experiences to gather information about each child. Occasionally, additional work and reports from specialists will be required to place the child properly. The professionally trained Montessori faculty and the administration at the school make the final determination and placement within our programs.
Classroom placement decisions are made by the Ronald Knox Montessori School (RKMS) administration with input from the faculty. Decisions include factors which take into account the best interests of your child and of the other children in the classroom environment. Our aim is to create classrooms that are balanced in various aspects: age, gender, learning style, etc. The final decision regarding placement rests with the Head of School.
One of RKMS’s strengths is that the administration and faculty know their students – your children – well and understand the importance of the dynamics that take place in a classroom.
We ask that you kindly respect the administration’s expertise, years of experience, and educational perspective and trust that they will make decisions regarding class placements with the best interest of every student in mind. Your respect of this policy is greatly appreciated.
Enrollment priority for a child entering the Parent-Child program is given to siblings of currently enrolled students first, siblings of RKMS graduates second, a child of a staff member third, and then children whose parents have graduated from RKMS (legacies). With each consecutive program, (Toddler, Primary), enrollment priority status into the program (not particular session or class) is given to a returning student. If a child is new to RKMS in one of these programs, enrollment priority (when applicable) is as follows
1. Siblings of a currently enrolled student
2. Siblings of an RKMS graduate
3. Montessori transfer
4. Students of current staff
5. Child whose parents have graduated from RKMS (legacies)
The deadline for enrollment priority is December 15; enrollment priority applications are processed in the order they are received.
A welcome letter, the tuition/family deposit invoice, and enrollment contract are mailed to new students upon acceptance into a program. The first tuition installment and enrollment contract must be returned by the date determined by RKMS to hold the child’s place in the program(s) requested. In addition, when a child is accepted into an RKMS program, they are given a log-in ID and password for our online student registration database. RKMS uses the information provided for several purposes throughout the school year so it is essential that this information be updated when necessary. Under no circumstances will children be permitted to attend the first day of school or any day thereafter unless the following documents (when applicable) have been submitted
• Current Health form (within 2 years)
• Lead Assessment Questionnaire
• Eye Exam form (for kindergarten age children)
• Dental Exam form (for kindergarten age children)
• Original birth certificate to be copied at the school
This policy is essential for the protection of your child and other members of the RKMS community. RKMS shall place the students in the same session as their siblings provided spaces are available. If there are more requests for a particular session by families of equal priority status than there are spaces available, RKMS shall process the requests on a first-come, first-served basis. Final placement decisions are at the complete discretion of the RKMS administration. Acceptance of children in any priority is contingent upon the enrollment of currently enrolled students and availability in the program or session. When placing children in various classrooms, consideration is given to gender, age, balance of class, as well as to any other characteristics of the children that RKMS staff believes may influence the dynamics of the class.
In November, a re-registration packet will be mailed to parents that will include their child’s ID and password. If the packet is misplaced, parents may request a duplicate. RKMS is unable to provide the child’s ID/password via phone or to anyone other than the child’s parents. During the re-registration phase that takes place in November/December, parents will need to go back into their child’s online registration to update the information. If re-registration is completed after the said due date, the student will lose their special status priority and the registration will be processed as a new family in the order received. RKMS will not be able to hold spaces for students whose registration is completed after the said due date.
The deadline for special status enrollment priority (prospective students with a sibling who is currently enrolled or a graduate) is December 15. Any applications for siblings received after the said date will be processed in the order they are received.
The tuition invoice and enrollment contract are mailed to returning students in January. The first tuition installment and enrollment contract must be returned to Ronald Knox by the date determined by RKMS to hold the child’s place in the program(s) requested for the following school year. RKMS will not be able to hold spaces for students whose first tuition installment and enrollment contract has not been received by said date. RKMS strongly believes that the third year or the kindergarten year of the Primary Program is of the utmost importance. This is the year that completes the cycle of learning and development that began in the first two years. Being one of the oldest in the room, the child experiences a year of tremendous growth in self-confidence and self-esteem. When your child is accepted into the Primary Program, it is with the expectation that he/she will stay for the completion of the program.