How to Enroll Your Child and FAQ
Following your observation, if you would like to place your child on our waiting list, you will need to complete a Waitlist 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 7:30-8:00 AM and 11:45 AM-5:30 PM to accommodate typical business hours.
How much will tuition be for my child? MSC 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: $465.00/month and Full Day: $577.00/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.
“They had me at observation! When I visited for observation, prior to my own kids attending, I was already impressed. There was no ‘group-think’ with students all doing the same thing and being led by an adult. Instead what I saw was children engaged in their own tasks or working in pairs using self correcting materials. The children were learning “how” to learn! They were making discoveries! It was a joy to see. I have sent my own children through MSC and after 5 years of involvement I’m still impressed with the program.”~Christy Walker