Once the school year is well under way, we
schedule observational visits for parents whose hopes and dreams are likely to be a good match with our philosophy, methods,
and goals at Garden Gate. The observational visit is designed just for you, the parents, to allow you
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.
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.
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.