Admissions

Enrollment


Enrollment Ages in Preschool, Kindergarten and First Grade

Enrollment in the Preschool is open to any child between the ages of 3 and 5 years old, who is toilet trained, provided the program can meet the needs of the child.

Enrollment in the kindergarten is open to a child who is 5 years old by August 31, and shows traits of kindergarten readiness. Enrollment in the 1st grade is open to a child who is 6 years old by August 31 of the enrollment year and who exhibits traits indicative of 1st grade readiness.

If it is clear that the child is ready, and space is available, the child is admitted to preschool, after the application is received, regardless of race, religion, disability or cultural heritage. Otherwise, admission is deferred until the child exhibits traits indicative of readiness.

Preschool Admissions

We welcome visitors to The Village School. Here is the simple process for Preschool admissions:

  1. Parent and child visit. We want you to become acquainted with the school, and to observe a typical Preschool morning. Plan to spend the morning from 9:00 to 11:00. Please call the school to schedule an appointment.
  2. During the morning visit, your child will participate, and you can observe the class. Please talk to the Preschool teachers at recess time; this is the opportunity to ask questions and to tell us about your child.
  3. To become further acquainted with the school, visit the Director or Curriculum Director in the office while your child is here for his or her Preschool visit.
  4. Admission. If the Preschool director determines that your child is ready for the preschool class, you will be given an Application. After the application is received (and it is determined that there is space in the class), you will be given a Contract. When the Contract is returned to the office with the deposit, your child is officially enrolled in the Preschool class.
  5. Once the Contract is received and your child is enrolled, a packet of forms will be sent to you in July, including a medical record form to be filled out by your child's doctor. By state law, all preschool and kindergarten children are not allowed to start school if the Mass. school health record is not on file. If your child has not had a current physical, you may need to make an appointment with his or her doctor before September, in order for the doctor to fill out the form.

If there is no space currently available in the preschool, your child's name will be put on the waiting list.

The Village School does not have support services for children with special needs. It is the parents' responsibility to request support services from their local school district.

Admissions for Kindergarten through 5th Grade

Parents are invited to visit the Village School without children. This is an essential first step in the admissions process. We want you to become acquainted with the school, and to understand the kind of education we provide. Please call the school to schedule an appointment.

Following this visit, please schedule a time for your child to visit the school. Depending on the age of your child, and his or her comfort level, he or she may stay the whole morning and leave before noon.

After your child visits the school, you can submit an application, including the Parent Questionnaire. A non-refundable fee of $40 is due at the time of the application.

Please fill out and sign our Authorization for Release of School Records form and give it to your child's current school. In addition, please give the student evaluation to your child's current teacher or daycare provider and ask her/him to send it in separately. You may also ask a friend or family member to fill out and send in the optional personal reference form.

Once the application, the school records and the student evaluation form are received, an appointment will be made for you to meet with the Director of the School. This is an opportunity to ask questions about the class and curriculum, and to tell us about your child. This is a good time to ask questions about the school, to talk about your child's future at the school, to learn about the school culture, and to be informed about parent responsibilities.

Your child may also be invited to visit with his/her potential teacher.

Each application is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The Admissions Committee carefully and thoroughly evaluates to see that the school is a good fit for your family and child. We also want to make sure that we can serve your child well. In addition, we seek to balance each class by age and gender and look for diversity within the student body.

The Village School has no testing or evaluation services. Should additional information about your child be required, we will ask you to provide this at your own expense.

The Village School does not have support services for children with special needs.

If your child is accepted into the school, you will receive a letter of acceptance and a Registration and Enrollment Contract. The return of the signed contract along with the required deposit, within 14 days, indicates that you have accepted the placement offered for your child at the Village School. Enrollment becomes official only after the signed contract and deposit have been received by the school. A current physical is required for kindergarten enrollment.

The Village School is a 501 (c) (3) non profit corporation, and  does not discriminate in admission or access to, or participation in its programs and activities on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, sexual orientation, ancestry, citizenship or national or ethnic origin.  In addition, the Village School does not discriminate on the basis of gender in its programs and activities.  Nor does the Village School discriminate in employment on the basis of any of these categories.  Any questions in this regard should be directed to the School Director.

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Email: info@villageschoolma.org
Phone: 978.249.3505