Frequently asked questions
How do I apply to The Little School?
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How do I sign up for a tour?
Get started here.
Do I have to sign up for a Large Group and Parent Led Tour?
No. You do not need to attend both the large group orientation and the parent led tour, but you can if you wish. It will not have an impact on admissions decisions. Please note that parent-led tours visit active classrooms, and out of consideration to the children, space is limited and unfortunately, these are adult-only events (infants welcome).
How many openings do you have?
Our openings vary year to year. Please look at our available opening section for the latest information. This information will be updated afor the next admissions year at the end of August each year.
What are the chances of getting in?
We are committed to making our admission decisions reflect our mission to meet the needs of individual children and families, and to allow children to learn in the context of a vivid and varied social community. Each year, our classes have unique needs. There is no way to predict an applicant’s chances for admission. That said, we generally have the largest number of openings in the TTH, MF and TK years and the fewest in the MWF year. Because families often send up applications in their child’s first year of life, it can feel like a long wait for your child to be admitted. We encourage interested families to be patient. Many children are admitted in the MFAM year and still have two years of preschool remaining. Please read through our admission section to learn more.
How does the Wait-Pool work?
We are unable to accept all the wonderful families that apply. The Wait Pool is used to fill openings during the school year, as well as for future year openings. If you are in the Wait Pool, you do not need to apply for future enrollment years. You will be asked to confirm your continuing interest on our web site each year and will also be able to send us an updated message.
How do I apply for Discounted Tuition?
For any families who feel tuition is a barrier to your attendance in our program, we encourage you to apply for Discounted Tuition. If you check the box on our application, we will automatically send you an application to complete. To increase the chances of receiving a discount, fill out the form and send it in with recent tax returns by February of the year they enroll. Learn more about our discounted tuition program here.
When are acceptance letters sent?
Admissions decisions are mailed out in early March for the TTH, MWF and MF programs. Admissions decisions for TK can be mailed anytime during the month of March. Generally, admissions for all programs is completed by the end of March.
What kind of child/family thrives at The Little School?
A wide range of children and families have found The Little School to be a good fit. The children are a diverse group of personalities, learners and developmental profiles. They tend to find satisfying peer relationships within their class and benefit from mixed-age opportunities. The strong relationships with teachers, environment that invites many kinds of enticing play and physical activities and supportive atmosphere provide a firm, happy foundation for most children. From a family standpoint, families who share our general philosophy and approach, are interested in partnering with us about their child’s growth and development and want to build connections with other families and the school tend to have a positive experience. The families and staff make up a truly diverse community. People build the strongest connections within their class, but also enjoy building connections across affinities around such as language or parenting experience as well as shared interests and volunteer activities. Because there is an emphasis on mutual respect, dialogue, and sharing our strengths, challenges and life experiences, people share many sides of themselves and have multiple avenues to get to know each other.
Does my child have to be potty trained?
No. The Little School believes that potty training like many developmental milestones should be approached at a child’s own pace, so that he or she can experience a sense of mastery. We do not require our applicants to master toileting prior to admission.
How do you support families?
Teachers communicate frequently with families at drop-off and pick-up, through email, blogs, newsletters, parent meetings, phone and in-person conversations. The teachers and administrators partner with you to achieve a positive school experience for your child and are available as a resource about parenting and home issues. We want to make this school experience work for you as well as your child. We encourage you to bring us any concerns, questions or critiques. We have parent education evenings, joint parent-staff explorations and settings where parents can speak to each other about important topics or just socialize and get to know each other. Every staff member here is committed to growing in our ability to understand, respect and support each other and our families.
What do you do about children who do not speak English or who speak multiple languages when entering?
The important aspects of a child’s home life and identity are acknowledged and celebrated in our classrooms. This includes a child’s home language and culture. We reflect children’s home language so that children find an important part of themselves represented and valued. The representations take many different forms: daily phrases in the child’s language; books, words on the wall; songs and sometimes people in the classroom speaking that language. All of the children become exposed to and interested in the many verbal and non-verbal languages we use to communicate and express ourselves. Our teachers are trained to support children’s home languages and to support the growth and development of a child learning English as a second language.
I am a working parent. How will The Little School work for my family?
MFAM, MFPM and TK children can come M-F 8:45 to 5:30 for a maximum day. TTH and MWF children can come 8:30-5:30 for a maximum day on the days of their program. A variety of options exist to put together a schedule that works for your particular families’ needs. Your child will be involved with a small number of teachers throughout the day who all gain expertise about your child’s development and form an intimate relationship with her. The teachers collaborate to make your child’s daily experience seamless, easily understood and individualized to their needs. Special rituals and activities accompany different parts of the day. Full-day children experience both a same-age and mixed-age group of peers. Our teachers all have dedicated off-the-floor time to communicate with working parents by email or phone. Weekly newsletters keep families informed about any logistical information. In these and many other ways, we are aware of, and sensitive to the needs of our working families.