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Admissions and Enrollment

Making the Decision

After the decision of where to live and work, no decision is more important – or more intensely personal – than the decision of where to send one’s child to school. As you consider critically important questions like “Does the School reflect and reinforce my own deeply held parental values and belief?” and “Does the School provide the most invigorating educational environment possible for my child?”, we are here to answer your questions, discuss your child, and share our philosophy and approach with you.

If you are considering The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca for your child’s education, you should plan to come to the school to observe our classrooms and teachers,  and speak with an administrator. We hold Open Houses for parents and children in the fall and the spring, or you may call the school to set up an appointment (classroom observations may be scheduled on Thursdays throughout the school year).

While applications will be accepted in the Fall of the preceding year, tuition for a given school year is not set until December and registration forms are sent to all applicants at that time. Parents of currently enrolled students are asked to indicate their commitment to reenroll by February 1st in order to ensure a place for their child. We communicate offers of admission to new students after spaces in our programs are identified.

To reserve your space on our waiting list, return a signed registration form along with a $1000 deposit to the school. The remainder of the tuition may be paid according to one of three payment plans: in a single payment (July), in two payments (August and January), or in ten monthly payments (July – April). Together with a signed contract, you must provide proof of your residence (for school district funding purposes), a copy of each student’s birth certificate, and required health and immunization records.

If you are considering The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca for your child’s education be sure to schedule a visit with us. Come and see first hand the magic that unfolds on our campus every day.

The Enrollment Process: Primary/Extended Day/Junior Level/Upper Level

  • Observe classrooms and meet with an administrator.
  • Complete and submit an online application and $25 application fee.
  • In January after tuition is set for the next academic year, registrations forms are sent to all applicants via email.
  • A $1000 deposit attached to a signed registration form holds your place on the waiting list and signifies your desire to enroll.
  • Parents of current students are asked to indicate their commitment to reenroll by February 1st to ensure a place for their child.
  • Spaces for new students become available beginning in March. We continue enrolling students until our programs are full.
  • We assess all children who will be 5 by October 15 to determine appropriate placement.
  • In service of our mission, we seek to build classrooms with a balance of ages, genders and learning styles.
  • If a space in our program is offered and accepted, tuition deposits are processed and the registration form becomes legally binding.
  • Submit required health forms along with a one time administrative fee of $200.

Enrollment Process: Adolescent Program

  • Observe classrooms and meet with an administrator.
  • Complete and submit an online application and $25 application fee.
  • In January, registrations for the following school year become available and are sent to all those on our wait-list.
  • A $1000 deposit attached to a signed registration form holds your place on the waiting list and signifies your desire to enroll.
  • Student Questionnaire is due 2 weeks after registration submission.
  • If Questionnaire indicates that applicant is a good match for our program, an interview is scheduled.
  • If interview further indicates that applicant is a good match for our program, applicant is invited to attend Middle School program for a morning visit.
  • Spaces for new students become available beginning in March. We continue to enroll students until the program is full.
  • In service of our mission, we seek to build classrooms with a balance of ages, genders and learning styles.
  • If a space in our program is offered and accepted, tuition deposits are processed and the registration form becomes legally binding.
  • Submit required health forms along with a one time administrative fee of $200.

Tuition

Tuition for each year is set the preceding December. Annual tuition, for the 2018-2019 school year, is as follows (for the single-payment plan; other plans are slightly higher):

  • Primary Program (1/2 day): $8,970
  • Full-day Primary: $11,480
  • Extended Day: $11,625
  • Junior Level: $11,785
  • Upper Level: $12,110
  • Adolescent Program (Middle School): $12,915

There is a $400 per child discount for the second and subsequent (enrolled) children from a single family.

Extra costs may be payable for field trips and other activities that are a part of the curriculum; in 2018-2019, most of these costs will be covered by an activities fee, which depends on the program level, and is collected either at the beginning of the year (Primary through Junior Level), or in two installments in September and January (Upper Level and Middle School). Fees are as follows:

  • Primary/Extended Day: $50
  • Junior Level: $60
  • Upper Level: $670
  • Middle School: $1000

Transportation

Busing is available to elementary and middle school age children. Public school districts are required by New York State to provide transportation for students if the distance from home to school is 15 miles or less. The deadline for application, which must be in writing, is April 1st; forms are available online or from the school office.

 

 

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