Eligibility for Enrollment
In general, children enter Discovery Academy Toddler Program at the age of three. To enter the Toddler Program, children must be three years of age and toilet-trained. Siblings of current Discovery Academy students are given priority for acceptance.
Please call us to schedule a tour to learn about the school and answer any questions you might have about our school and educational philosophy. The tour takes about 30 to 40 minutes and you may bring your child(ren) with you.
An observation of the classroom in which your child will be enrolling is mandatory. Observations should be 20 minutes in length to get a full sense of the class environment.
Please schedule an observation after you have been on a tour.
There are no observations two days before or after a major holiday (Thanksgiving/Christmas/Spring Break).
PLEASE SIGN IN AT THE FRONT DESK UPON ARRIVAL.
Both parents are encouraged to come, however it is not mandatory.
Children may NOT attend the observations.
A clipboard with observation guidelines is given to take into the classroom. Parents are encouraged to write down any questions that may arise from the observation.
A conference is scheduled after the observation is completed.
The purpose of the conference is to answer any remaining questions and to be sure Discovery Academy is the right fit for the family.
BOTH PARENTS MUST ATTEND.
Children may join their parents for the conference if childcare is not available.
Conferences normally last 30 minutes.
After the conference, if everyone is in agreement, the parents or guardians can then proceed with registration of their child.
It is understood when a student is accepted for enrollment at Montessori Discovery Academy that the parents or guardians will make a sincere effort to support the student by informing themselves of the basic Montessori philosophy. This can be done by reading Dr. Montessori’s books.
Recommended Titles by Maria Montessori:
• The Absorbent Mind
• The Discovery of the Child
• The Secret of Childhood
• The Child in the Family
• To Educate the Human Potential
Additionally, the following books are recommended to assist you in your role as parent:
• Children: The Challenge by Rudolph Dreikurs
• Parent Power by John Rosemond
• Montessori Madness by Trevor Eissler
• Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay
• How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin