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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 ask 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 at any time, tuition for a given school year will be set the previous December and registrations accepted at that time. Parents of currently enrolled students are asked to indicate their commitment by February 1st in order to ensure a place for their child. Registrations for new students are then processed.

To register and reserve a space, a deposit of 10% of the year’s tuition is required. 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.

  • Fill out an application to get on our wait-list.
  • Observe classrooms and meet with an administrator.
  • In January, registrations for the following school year become available and are sent to all those on our wait-list
  • A deposit attached to a signed registration form signifies desire to pursue the enrollment process.
  • Parents of currently enrolled students are asked to indicate their commitment by February 1st in order 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. Preference is given to siblings of current students, then to those with Montessori backgrounds and then to others.
  • If a space in our program is offered and accepted, tuition deposits are processed and the registration agreement becomes legally binding.
  • Submit required health forms along with a one time administrative fee of $200

Enrollment Process: Adolescent Program

  • Fill out an application to get on our wait-list.
  • Observe classrooms and meet with an administrator.
  • In January, registrations for the following school year become available and are sent to all those on our wait-list.
  • A deposit attached to a signed registration form signifies desire to pursue the enrollment process.
  • 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, tuition deposits are processed and the registration agreement becomes legally binding.

In service of our mission, we seek to build classrooms with a balance of ages, genders and learning styles. Preference is given to siblings of current students, then to those with Montessori backgrounds and then to others.

Tuition

Tuition for each year is set the preceding December. Annual tuition, for the 2017-2018 school year, is as follows (for the single-payment plan; other plans are slightly higher):

  • Primary Program (1/2 day): $8,570
  • Full-day Primary: $10,970
  • Extended Day: $11,110
  • Junior Level: $11,260
  • Upper Level: $11,570
  • Adolescent Program (Middle School): $12,340

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 2017-2018, 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 1; forms are available below or from the school office.

ICSD Transportation Request
Lansing Transportation Request
Dryden Bus Request 17-18
Trumansburg Bus Request 17-18

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