A Beautiful and Authentic Montessori Half Day
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Garden Gate offers unique Montessori options
for families who love the quality of Montessori, but might like a
A Joyful Education for the Absorbent Mind
Ages 2.75 - 6.5 years
Preschool through Kindergarten
One Community of Learners
One Complete Early Childhood Cycle of Learning
smaller time commitment in the first year, and a personal, homey,
half day-only program.
Joyful mornings for children, designed and
operated by an inspired,
and experienced educator
home and garden environment
Unique, part time program: the quality of a
morning Montessori school, and partial week programs for our younger students. Your child will grow into
our four and five day programs.
warm, personal teacher-
family relationship in a small school setting
Garden Gate is a home-based, part time only, mainly mornings
program for families seeking something homey, beautiful, holistic, and personal for their children.
Your child will flourish in our multi-age community
designed to meet the individual needs of every student. We offer a joyful and personalized educational experience for children from 2.75 through 6 years of age.
Our Pre-primary Students form a community of 20 students of ages 3 to 6 years, with three Montessori teachers.
The Montessori Pre-primary class
includes the culminating Kindergarten year of the Montessori early
childhood level. Children who remain in their class through their kindergarten year enjoy the benefit of making full
use of the beautifully designed Montessori academic materials for which they have prepared themselves in the preschool years.
This is their leadership year when advanced work within their well loved environment and community takes place. The child's Kindergarten year is his/her
crowning year that solidifies the child's confidence, love of learning, inner motivation, and conceptual
and skill development.
Our Two Morning Transition Group is a cozy group of our youngest students integrated
on Mondays and Fridays with our four and five day Pre-primary Students, to comprise a mixed-age group
of 20 students with three teachers, as described in our "Morning Programs" page.
Mimi Glass, owner, director, teacher
30 years teaching experience in public and private schools.
15 years experience as Montessori
school owner and administrater
Dedicated, knowlegable, and inspired Montessori teacher
Please visit our "Morning
Programs" page for information about our class programs,
age ranges, and tuitions. Please visit our "Afternoon
Programs" page for Pre-primary
afternoon lunch and Wednesday supplemental program information.
and Enrollment Information
is how you may become acquainted with our school and
apply for Enrollment.
Tours are usually scheduled only for periods when school
is not in session. Tours are scheduled for parents only, last thirty to forty minutes, and include time for us to share information
about the school and answer your questions. Applications may be requested at this time.
Parent Observational Visits
Once the school year is well under way, we also schedule observational
visits. The observational visit is designed especially to allow you, the parent, to individually observe how a class operates under usual circumstances, without having to consider how your own child 's
presence might be changing the usual pattern of classroom flow. You are welcome to request an application at the time of your
visit. You may also call the school with questions following your visit.
Once, having read our information, visited our school, asked questions, and having decided that Garden Gate is probably
the right school for your child, you may request an Enrollment
Application . We will give you detailed Enrollment Information along with your Enrollment Application. (In rare instances,
when parents already have abundant information and are certain that Garden Gate is the best placement for their child, an Applications
may given prior to a Parent Visit.) Your Enrollment Application offers an opportunity to be considered for enrollment and
is not a guarantee of placement in our programs. If your Enrollment Application indicates a good match between our programs
and the desires and expectations of your family, we will offer you either an Enrollment Visit for you and your child, or a
place in our waiting list.
Your Child's Visit
When accepting your application we will send you an
Enrollment Visit Invitation. This invitation will offer your child a short appointment to visit our school, become
acquainted with our environment and our students, and to ascertain your child's readiness for the community experience
that our school has to offer.
We will also schedule a subsequent parent's appointment for your enrollment completion process. During
the enrollment enrollment appointment we further acquaint you with our school procedures and policies, and give you your Parent
Handbook and other helpful information. During this appointment Garden Gate families commit to a full school year's enrollment
for their child through an enrollment contract with the school. This practice allows our school to maintain the kind
of continuity for our students and parents that are one of several characteristics that define an authentic Montessori
school of good quality.