How to Enroll Your Child
Observing in the classroom is the first step to placing your child on the waiting list or registering your child in the Montessori program. We recommend your observation be done at least one year prior to enrollment in the fall. If you are interested in Montessori, please call the school at 307-265-0249 or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up your observation.
Following your observation, if you would like to place your child on our waiting list, you will need to complete a Waiting List Form and return it to our office. Any child, from birth to three years old, can be placed on the waiting list.
The next step is to attend a Prospective Parents’ Night, where you will learn more about Montessori education and our school. You will get a closer look at the classroom, and you can ask any questions you have about our program. Once you have done this, you can pay the registration fee of $75 to secure your place on the waitlist. Then, it is time for you to bring your child to a group session with other prospective students. They will get the opportunity to meet other children their age and see the school to become comfortable with the building. The guides at our school will observe the children for readiness, interests, and personalities, just to get an idea of who your child is.
After the child group sessions, families will be sent contracts if we are certain that we have a place for your child in the fall. You will submit your contract along with the First Family Fee and First Semester Supply Fee. The first installment of the next year’s tuition is due by June 30th.
Where does the name Montessori come from?
The education provided at the Montessori School of Casper is based on the methods and theories originally developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and her associates. Our school was founded as Meadowlark Montessori School in 1973 and offers a quality learning environment for children between the ages of three and six years.
Is Montessori a for-profit or non-profit entity? Montessori School of Casper is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and is a private, Parent Co-op. MSC is accredited by the Association Montessori International (AMI). The preschool is certified through the Department of Family Services and meets statewide child-care requirements.
Where does funding come from?
The school is funded entirely by donation and tuition and requires that Co-op members volunteer at least 20 hours each school year and participate in annual fundraising events.
What are some ways that parents can be involved? At Montessori, we require that Co-op members volunteer at least 20 hours each school year and participate in annual fundraising events. Volunteer hours are served in a variety of ways to suit a parents needs.
What time do preschool classes start?
The Montessori School of Casper has its own calendar that closely follows the Natrona County School District calendar. Our students attend classes Monday-Friday. Classes begin at 8 AM. Half-day students are dismissed at 11:45 AM. Full-day students are dismissed at 3:15 PM. We offer extended care hours for students from 7:30 AM- 8:00 AM and 11:45 AM-5:30 PM to accommodate typical business hours.
How much will tuition be for my child?
Montessori School of Casper tuition and payments operate on a ten-month payment plan. The first tuition payment is due the June prior to fall enrollment with final tuition payment due the following May. No payments are made in July and August. Tuition costs are: Half Day: $481.00/month and Full Day: $597.00/month. Additional fees for extended care and extracurricular clubs vary. Annual registration is $75, supply fee (per semester) is $100, and the one-time first family fee is $175.
Does the Montessori School of Casper offer tuition assistance or scholarships?
Montessori School of Casper and its Board of Directors wish to see that all families have access to our quality early learning environment. As a result, we have expanded our scholarship program to bridge the gap between necessity and opportunity for area families in financial need. Families can apply for scholarships for the upcoming school year in the spring prior to enrollment. After recipients are notified of their award in the spring, there are no remaining funds for scholarships available until the following school year. Please click here for more information on our scholarship program.