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 an Intent to Register Form and return it to our office. Any child, from birth to three years old, can be placed on the waiting list.
Applicants are taken from the waiting list, as openings become available. Beginning in January of the school year prior to enrollment, parents who have completed an observation and their child enrolling will be asked to meet with a Teaching Guide and participate in a brief interview at the school.
Following the interview, if you would like to enroll your student in Montessori, you may secure your child’s spot for the following school year by paying the first family fee of $175.00 (which is a one-time, non-refundable membership fee into the parent co-op). In addition, you will be asked to complete the Registration Form and return it to our office.
Once a child is registered, the Registration Fee, the First Month’s Tuition, and the First Semester Supply Fee (see cost of fees below) must be paid by the end of the school year prior to enrollment.
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 noon. Full-day students are dismissed at 3 PM. We offer extended care hours for students from 7:30 AM until 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: $450.00/month and Full Day: $560.00/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.
How can I enroll my child?
Our enrollment process is as follows:
My child is on the waitlist. What happens next? We take applicants from the waiting lists, as places become available, starting when a child is three years of age. At that time, we ask for both the nonrefundable Registration Fee, and First Family Fee (which is a one-time membership fee into the parent Co-op). In addition, your Registration Form must be completed, signed, and turned in. The First Month’s Tuition and the First Semester Supply Fee are to be paid in June prior to fall enrollment or immediately in cases when a child is enrolling after school is in session. The paid fees and registration form will secure a spot for your child in the upcoming school year.
“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