We find that often parents and families have the same questions about our program and the preschool experience. We provide this page as a resource for answering some of the more frequently asked questions. If you have additional concerns, please contact us at the school so we can answer your concerns specifically.
Can we come visit?
Yes! We provide tours year-round on Tuesdays at 12:30, by appointment. We also have school tours for prospective families and students in January each year. While parents may not sit in on a class session or ask teachers questions, these opportunities allow interested families to see our school in action. Contact the registrar (email@example.com) for details.
What is tuition, when is it due, and what does it cover?
Tuition varies by class, based on the amount of time students spend with us. Check our tuition information page for specific rates. Tuition covers all school supplies, a school t-shirt, and field trip costs for one child and one adult. Tuition is due on the first school day of the month. The late payment policy is covered in our financial agreement and in our parent handbook, which is reviewed at orientation in September. Tuition payments should be placed in the secure box on the wall in the Rainbow Room at the end of the 4s hallway.
What is a modified co-op?
This means that we have one teacher staffed per class, and one additional parent helper. Parents sign up to serve in the classroom and provide snacks for the class. Parents are expected to find alternative arrangements for siblings while they are working in the classrooms. Working in the classroom can be fulfilled by any adult representative of the family: a grandparent, nanny, or other family member. Parents also serve by committing to a class job. Jobs vary by class but some examples include: photographer, teacher's assistant, play-doh maker, librarian, and field trip coordinator.
What is your school calendar?
Generally, orientation takes place the first week in September. We start school in the fall during the first full week of September following Labor Day week. We follow Tahoma School District's school calendar for all breaks and holidays, and for school closures in the event of poor weather or emergencies. Our school year comes to a close before Memorial Day in May.
What is your curriculum?
We follow the Tahoma School District guidelines for kindergarten readiness. This includes a building block approach to learning, in which students add new skills each year. Our teachers use the popular "Handwriting without Tears" curriculum and strive to teach social and motor skills alongside pre-reading, pre-writing, and pre-math skills such as letter recognition, shapes, colors, counting, and patterns.
How much of your school is "religious?"
While religion is not a subject we teach at our school, it is a way that we approach each part of our lives and show Christ's love to our students. For example, teachers lead students to pray at snack time and all classes attend a monthly chapel time together. Bible stories are shared and traditional Christian holidays are celebrated. We may also use Bible references to help students learn social skills and conflict resolution (i.e. "The Bible tells us it is important to share with others.").
What is your potty training policy?
We expect that children enrolled in our 3s, 4s, and 5s classes are fully potty trained and independent in wiping, flushing, and washing. Students should come to school in underwear. We understand that sometimes accidents happen! If your student is newly potty trained, you can certainly leave extra clothes in your student's cubby or in a backpack at the school. Twos classes are exempt from this policy.
Do you have an allergy policy?
Yes. We are a nut-free school. We require submission of paperwork signed by a medical professional for any allergy or intolerance for food or environment (not for medication) that is kept on file at the school. Families of students in the particular class are notified of the allergy or intolerance so they can plan snack accordingly. Any life threatening allergy (or condition) is taken very seriously. The child's picture and information are posted clearly in each classroom and noted by each teacher and parent helper before the start of class.
What is your discipline policy?
We use positive reinforcement of appropriate behavior as our primary way to teach social skills and interactions. In the event of inappropriate behavior, the teacher may use gentle correction, reminders, and redirection for the student. For more troublesome behavior, the teacher may ask a child to use a reflection time to think over the problem and together brainstorm a more positive action next time. In the event of an extreme behavior or incident, our director is on hand to remove the child and, if necessary, contact the parent(s).
What is Junior Kindergarten?
Junior Kindergarten is a class designed for children who have turned five prior to August 31st but will not be attending kindergarten that year. This may be for a variety of reasons. Many children in our Junior Kindergarten class are summer birthdays.