Thank you for your interest in learning more about our community! One of our goals through the admissions process is to provide you with a comprehensive picture of our programs and offerings, so that you can make the most informed decision possible regarding your child’s education. We also appreciate the opportunity to get to know you better as we strive to find families who are aligned with our core values and our mission. We understand that this choice is a significant one for your family, and our hope is to make this process as smooth as possible for you.
Step 1 — Review our Website
Please take some time to review our website prior to making an inquiry to determine whether our programs meet your family’s needs. We highly encourage you to visit our Programs page specifically and request that you review our Tuition and Fees Document to learn more about our fee expectations.
Step 2 — Schedule a Parent Tour
We strongly recommend that all prospective parents attend a Parent Tour at Athena. You may sign up for a tour by clicking on the “Schedule a Parent Tour” banner above. Athena is a unique community, and we strive to ensure goodness-of-fit for both the children and the families in our community. Visiting 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.
Step 3 — Submit an Application for Admission
To be considered for enrollment at Athena, you must complete an Application for Admission, which includes a one-time application fee of $100. Athena currently maintains one waiting pool, which includes children eligible for both the TOTs program (serving children 18 months – 3.5 years old) and the Primary program (serving children ages 3 – 6 years old). Your child will be considered for any mid-year openings for which they might qualify as well as any openings for which they are eligible during the enrollment period.
Please note that you may submit an Application for Admission at any time during the year, however, applications received by December 1st will receive priority enrollment for the upcoming school year. Furthermore, enrollment is dependent on a number of factors and we are unable to guarantee enrollment or timing of enrollment.
Step 4 — Stay Connected
Once your child is admitted to our Waiting Pool, you will begin to receive monthly newsletters, which include regular updates about our enrollment process. Newsletters also include information about upcoming community events and parent workshops, which we hope you choose to attend.
Step 5 — Stay Tuned During Enrollment Period
Our school year runs from late August to early June, and enrollment occurs between December and March for the following school year (detailed schedule below). Enrollment always begins with the re-enrollment of current students; thereafter, sibling enrollment is prioritized. Children in our waiting pool are then considered according to space availability, as well as age, developmental readiness, temperament, 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.
- Re-enrollment of currently enrolled students and siblings of currently enrolled students
- Enrollment for siblings of currently enrolled students
February – March
- Information sessions for Waiting Pool families
- Spots offered to Waiting Pool families
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.
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 prior to 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 document and contact our Admissions Director with further questions.
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.