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).

Beginning with the 2019-2020 academic year we are using an online Admissions Application system.While applications will be accepted in the Fall of the preceding year, tuition for a given school year is not set until December. In January our Admissions Team will send an Intent to Enroll form which contains information about tuition rates and fees for next year to all applicants.  To reserve your space in our waiting pool, return a signed Intent to Enroll form along with a $1000 deposit to the school.  Your deposit will not be processed until a spot is offered to you and you accept it.

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.

 

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, Intent to Enroll forms are sent to all applicants via email.
  • To reserve your space in our waiting pool, return a signed Intent to Enroll form along with a $1000 deposit to the school.  Your deposit will not be processed until a spot is offered to you and you accept it.
  • 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.
  • If a space in our program is offered and accepted, you will be prompted to complete your enrollment via our online system. Your tuition deposits are processed at that time.
  • 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, Intent to Enroll forms for the following school year become available and are sent to all applicants.
  • To reserve your space in our waiting pool, return a signed Intent to Enroll form along with a $1000 deposit to the school.  Your deposit will not be processed until a spot is offered to you and you accept it.
  • 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.
  • If a space in our program is offered and accepted, you will be prompted to complete your enrollment via our online system. Your tuition deposits are processed at that time.
  • 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.