You’ve engaged in active discussions with other parents, run thorough Internet comparisons, taken a hard, cold look at your budget, and truthfully searched your heart. Thanks to this exhaustive process, you know which Preschool you want, and you want it badly.
From your school-of-choice’s perspective, however, the acceptance of your child is actually quite straight-forward if you can follow these basic guidelines:
- Show active interest in the program. Participate within the school community using a variety of modems. Visit the school personally. An Open House is quite different from a Personal Tour. Try to take advantage of both. Perhaps you might attend a School Concert or stop in at a School Fundraiser. These events are perfect ways to interact with the administration, parents, and students alike. If you find yourself feeling at home within the school community, you can rest assured the school feels comfortable with you, too!
- Present your child honestly. Remember this is not a business transaction. Your child is a unique individual with strengths and weaknesses. The school wants nothing more than to connect with your child’s individuality and inspire his or her greatest potential. Rather than describing your child’s epic accomplishments or most exasperating habits, teachers really wants to know what your child likes to do. How you would describe his or her personality. Your genuine insight invites participation on a real and basic key level.
- Meet the deadlines. School programs take the education of your child seriously. They maintain responsibility for their goals, and teach responsibility along the way. It may seem minor, but timely paperwork completion, honoring appointments, and basically responding to the school community in an organized way inspires mutual trust and cooperation.
- Be a team player. Admissions officers are also teachers and parents. They well understand the many demands of family life, the enormity of raising a child in today’s rapidly-changing environment. An overall perspective of working with the school is paramount.
- Apply even if you think it’s too late. Schools maintain an ebb and flow of registration which is almost impossible to predict. Don’t assume that if you haven’t gotten in your application by the first of the year you must wait for the next. If your child and school-of-choice are a good match, and you are ready to partner actively within the school community; take a shot! The school might very well be poised to choose you.
Hudson Country Montessori School is a non-profit, non-sectarian, private school that offers education and wrap-around care in a Montessori setting for children 8 weeks through grade 8.