RKMS is a not-for-profit educational institution. RKMS adheres to a policy of truth in advertising. At no time does RKMS or staff knowingly disseminate false advertising. RKMS accepts students of any race, sex, color, and national, ethnic, and religious origin. RKMS guarantees the confidentiality of and access to student records in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
Since RKMS has a rolling admissions process, applications for new students are always accepted. The primary principle underlying the admission process is that applications are handled on a first-come, first-served basis. Exceptions to that principle are detailed in the Priority Status section that follows. The most frequent exceptions are for siblings of currently enrolled students and siblings of students who have completed the Primary Program.
Pre-enrollment meetings are mandatory and are an important aspect of our admissions process. These meetings are staffed by an RKMS directress. Parent and child attend together. It is an opportunity for the child to work one-on-one with the directress using our classroom materials. This allows the faculty to determine the best placement of the child. The meeting also gives the parent an opportunity to ask questions, address concerns and expectations, and become better acquainted with RKMS and the Montessori approach to education. It is important for parents to have a thorough understanding of our program in order to determine whether RKMS will be the best environment for their child. This process begins in December and continues throughout the year as openings occur in our programs (i.e. enrollment changes due to families moving, etc.). A pre-enrollment meeting does not guarantee acceptance into RKMS.
RKMS is committed to educating each child in accordance with the Montessori Philosophy. It is the philosophy and the history of Maria Montessori that supports close observation and careful guidance for each child in our program. We have found that some children thrive in our school and some children are best served by a different educational environment. New students are admitted on a 6-week probationary basis that begins on their first day of school, after which the child will either be successfully integrated or it will be determined that RKMS is not the best placement. Under certain circumstances, tuition will be refunded on a prorated basis. Students with diagnosed special needs follow the same 6-week probationary period.
The Montessori classroom is appropriate and beneficial for almost every child. However, RKMS may not be able to provide the educational and supportive services or additional staff that some children may require, and therefore, integration into a classroom at RKMS may not be in the best interest of some children.