II.  SCHOOL POLICIES AND  PROCEDURES

a.  NONDISCRIMINATORY POLICY

Ventura Montessori School is open to all children regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, or sex.

b. APPLICATION AND REQUIRED FORMS

Your child must have all the necessary forms completed, signed and on file prior to his or her admittance to school.  This includes a Physical Report and Immunization Record.  All required immunization should be up to date.  There is a non-refundable application Fee for each applicant.

c.  TUITION AND FEES

Annual tuition may be paid on a monthly installment plan or pre-paid annual tuition plan.  Sibling discounts are applicable (the Treasurer will confirm that with each qualifying family). Prior to enrollment, each applicant will receive a current Tuition and Fees Schedule and Tuition Agreement for their review and signature.  The signed Tuition Agreement and required non-refundable tuition deposit must be received prior to admission to the program. Outstanding balances must be paid before funds are applied to Tuition Deposit.

For a student beginning after the start of the year, the tuition is prorated over the full term of the year based on the actual school days remaining in the term.

A $25.00 LATE FEE WILL BE ASSESSED IF YOUR TUITION REMAINS UNPAID AFTER THE 5TH OF THE MONTH. THERE IS A $25.00 CHARGE FOR ALL CHECKS RETURNED TO US BY OUR BANK FOR ANY REASON.  These charges will appear on your statement.  If tuition is not paid in full by May 15th, a $100.00 fee shall be charged to your account.  If your account is delinquent more than 30 days, your child may be required to stay out of school until the account is made current. 

Vacation time and time out for illness can not be credited to student’s account.

Tuition is payable to Ventura  Montessori School. Payments may be placed in the designated tuition box or posted to VMS, P.O. Box 3719, Ventura CA 93006. Parents will be notified by letter if there is a tuition-rate change, 30 days prior to its effective date.

d.  WAITING LIST PRIORITIES

The waiting list will be established as follows:

  • 1st priority is reserved for children in school the previous year.
  • 2nd priority is reserved for siblings of children returning to school or of children graduated the previous year.
  • 3rd priority is reserved for those on the waiting list (according to the date of application).

The Administration reserves the right to review a student’s admittance to maintain a proper age balance within the classrooms – an important requirement for a proper Montessori environment.

e.  WITHDRAWAL FROM SCHOOL

Two week’s written notice is required for withdrawal of children from school.  Tuition after this time is refundable and will be prorated on a daily basis.  Tuition is not refundable for the absence of children from school, on or after April 1st.  See Addendum A – Tuition and Fees Schedule for details.

f.  ADMITTANCE AND DISMISSAL

DAILY SCHEDULE

Drop Off

School Starts

Pick Up

Half Day

8:45 to 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

Full Day

8:45 to 9:00 a.m.

9:00 a.m.

2:30 p.m.

It is important that arrival be on time because of the teachers’ need to prepare the environment before the school day begins and the need for the children to begin their morning routine uninterrupted. Children may be dropped off up to 15 minutes prior to the start of school. Because the sense of time in preschool children is still in the process of development, it is difficult for them to wait for parents who are late to pick-up. Thus, it is important for parents to pick their children up on time. They must be picked up by 12:00 p.m. for half-day students and 2:30 p.m. for full day students. An assessment will be charged for picking up your child after 12:15 p.m. for half-day students or 2:45 p.m. for full day students. The fee will be $10.00 for every 5 minutes after these times.  This amount will be invoiced to you on your tuition statement and payment will be expected with the following month’s tuition.

YOUR CHILD MUST BE BROUGHT TO THE CLASSROOM AND THE PARENT OR GUARDIAN MUST SIGN THE CHILD IN AND OUT EACH DAY.  EACH CLASSROOM BULLETIN BOARD WILL POST THE SIGN-IN/OUT SHEET.  THIS IS A STATE REQUIREMENT.  Children will not be released to anyone not listed on the Emergency Information sheet unless the school has received written authorization from the parents. The teacher reserves the right to request proper identification, i.e. driver’s license, if the person is not familiar to the teacher.

g.  ABSENCES

Consistent attendance is extremely important for a student’s success. However, we understand there are times when absence from school is necessary. Please notify the school if your child is going to be absent.  Regretfully, we cannot refund tuition for absences from school.

h.  DISCIPLINE POLICY

The aim of the Montessori method is self-discipline through purposeful activities. The idea is “to like what you do” but not “to do as you like.” The rights and safety of each person must be preserved. We exercise positive steps for correction.

i.  TERMINATION CONDITIONS

The school reserves the right to terminate any child who, in the opinion of the Head Directress, is unable to adjust to the Montessori program or if the school is no longer able to meet the needs of the child.  Other reasons for termination may include:  6 tardy days (late arrivals) per semester, consistently disruptive behavior, aggressive behavior or non-payment of tuition.  The Directress and the Board has the absolute discretion to termination any child who fails to comply with the structure and philosophy of the program.