Admissions

Admissions Process

** Effective February 1, 2017, any applications submitted for enrollment consideration will be considered according to the process outlined below. Please note that if you submitted a waiting list application prior to the above date, your child will still receive priority according to the date your application and fee were submitted. We appreciate your continued interest and patience.

Athena currently maintains a waiting pool, which includes children eligible for both the TOTs program and the Primary program. Please note that submission of an application does not guarantee enrollment. Furthermore, while you may submit an Application for Admission at any time during the year, enrollment is dependent on a number of factors and timing of enrollment cannot be guaranteed.

Enrollment decisions typically occur between December and March for the following school year. Please note that our school year runs from late August to early June. * The enrollment process always begins with re-enrollment of current students; thereafter, siblings of currently enrolled students are given priority. Because we strive to maintain a balance of age, gender, diversity and temperament in each of our classrooms, children in our waiting pool are then considered according to space availability, age, developmental readiness, gender, ethnicity, and, date of application. Children with specialized needs are furthermore considered according to the ability of our staff to meet those needs and our need to maintain a balance of children with specialized needs in each of our classrooms.  We also want to acknowledge that while we appreciate any contributions to our community, financial or otherwise, this factor will not have an impact on your child’s admission.

We strongly recommend that all prospective parents attend a Parent Tour led by Athena’s Founder, Lisl Friday. Athena is a unique community, and we strive to ensure goodness-of-fit for both the children and the families in our community. Visiting Athena will help you determine whether our community feels like the best fit for you and your child. Likewise, we are looking for families who share our values and are committed to community, growth, and respect for self, others and the environment. The parent tour will provide you with an overview of our program offerings, as well as a time for discussion and an opportunity to tour the campus and peek inside our classrooms. Email us at Info@AthenaMontessoriAcademy.com to schedule your tour.

* Athena also hosts an annual Summer Camp for currently enrolled students. Enrollment for camp begins in December along with re-enrollment, and spaces are limited. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for current students and alumni through third grade.

TOTs Enrollment

Enrollment for the TOTs Program begins with re-enrollment of current students, followed by the enrollment of siblings. Children in our waiting pool are then considered according to space availability, age as well as developmental readiness, gender, ethnicity, and, date of application. Please note that while the TOTs Program serves children ages 18 months to three years old, there are a limited number of spaces for children 18 months of age and specific start dates cannot be guaranteed. To ensure a balanced age distribution in our TOTs classrooms, children enrolled in the TOTs program range in age from 18 months to two and a half years old. Please visit our Programs page to learn more about our TOTs Program and contact our Admissions Director with further questions.

Primary Enrollment

Enrollment in the Primary Program begins with re-enrollment of current students, followed by the enrollment of siblings. Children in our waiting pool are then considered according to space availability, age as well as developmental readiness, gender, ethnicity, and, date of application. The Primary Program is designed to be a three-year program in the same classroom, with the third year typically being the child’s Kindergarten year (depending on development and birthday). Children typically begin the Primary Program at age three, however, we do consider enrollment for children ages four and five as well (space permitting). Note: Children must be “independent with potty,” meaning they are out of diapers at least three months before entering the Primary program.

To learn more about our Primary Program, please visit our Programs page. For questions regarding your child’s readiness for our Primary Program and for tips on helping your child prepare for success in our Primary Program, please review the following documents and contact our Admissions Director with further questions.

Tuition

You may pay your annual tuition in one lump sum due July 1st, or semiannually on July 1st and December 1st, or in ten equal installments due July 1st through April 1st. Tuition includes holidays, staff development days, and those months in which there is not instruction for the full month. Enrollment assumes that your child will be enrolled for the full school year. If a reason arises for your child to withdraw early from a program, please contact the Director in writing. If your child’s space cannot be filled immediately from the waiting list, you will still be responsible for the tuition for thirty days from the date of written notice.

Mid-year enrollments are prorated for tuition only; all other fees apply as listed. Prices are subject to change annually.