Admissions Timetable & Checklist
October - Open House to kick-off Admissions season for 2014-2015 school year
November/December - Parent Observation and Information sessions for Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades 1-8 begin
January - Deadline for Admissions and Tuition Assistance applications
February - Current family Re-enrollment deadline to hold spot in class; Admissions Child Visits, Assessments and Interviews
March 10 - Decision letters sent to families
April - Rolling admissions as spots become available
May - Early Childhood class constellation process begins to place children in specific classes
June - Early Childhood communit gathering to share class lists and preparations for the fall
Summer - Teacher Home Visits, Class Gatherings
1. Inquire: We want to hear from you! Call 978-927-1936 to speak with our Admissions Director about your interest in the school.
2. Visit: Prospective applicant parents are encouraged to gather information and experience Waldorf Education through one of our admissions events. Prospective students will have an opportunity later to visit the school during the admissions process. Check the front page of our school web site for upcoming events.
- family photograph
- school records release form submitted to current school to release school records from past 2-3 years
- records received should include any testing/evaluations available
- samples of school work
- non-refundable application fee ($75 for the Grade school, $50 for Early Childhood)
Please give the signed records release form to your child’s current school to forward all school records to CAWS. As soon as we receive your forms, the Admissions Office will contact you to arrange an interview and student visit.
Please refer to our "Educational Support" section under Enroll Your Child for more information about the process for children with special learning needs.
4. Tuition Assistance is available to eligible families in need. We set limits of 25% for 5-day Kindergarten and up to 50% for the Grade School. Parents of prospective students in 5-day Kindergarten and the Grades may complete a FACTS application online at the same time as their application. Eligible candidates will be notified of their award upon their child’s acceptance into the school.
5. Interview: Upon receipt of your application packet, an interview will be set up for both parents and child with two teachers; your child’s prospective class teacher and another member of our faculty. Following the interview, a decision will be made toward continuing the admissions process.
For Nursery and Kindergarten, the teachers will have an opportunity to get to know your child through his/her play while you get to know the teachers and learn more about the program. The parents and teachers will have an in-depth discussion about your child’s home life, parents’ long-range goals, goals of the curriculum, how the school partners with families in an ongoing relationship to support the healthy development of the child and the class, and answer any questions you may have.
For First Grade, parents and a Kindergarten and Grades teacher will have an in-depth discussion about your child’s educational background, parents’ long-range goals, the class community, the curriculum, how the school partners with families in an ongoing relationship to support the healthy development of the child and the class, and answer any questions you may have.
For Grades 2-8, each teacher will spend time getting to know your child through a tour of our campus and classrooms. Your child will not be interviewed, per se, but is welcome to ask the teacher questions. The parents and teachers will have an in-depth discussion about your child’s educational background, parents’ long-range goals, the class community, the curriculum, how the school partners with families in an ongoing relationship to support the healthy development of the child and the class, and answer any questions you may have.
6. Child Visit: For Kindergarten and Grade School admissions, your child will join the age appropriate class in session so that our teachers may observe your child's development and whether s/he could be met to thrive at CAWS. For Nursery, you and your child will be invited to participate in a Nursery Tea Party together. Our Nursery teachers will also visit our Parent & Child program to connect with applicants and meet the children in their current social group.
For First Grade: Your child will be invited to join a current Kindergarten class(es) in session from 8:10 am to Noon (or until 2:40 p.m.) so that the teachers may observe his/her social, emotional and physical readiness for First Grade. A longer visit will be necessary for children with additional learning needs. Please plan to attend and register for our First Grade Readiness and Curriculum Presentation in January to learn more about developmental milestones for this important transition.
For Grades 2-8: Each child applying to grades 2-8 is accompanied by an Admissions Team comprised of the Admissions Director, Extra Lesson Teacher, Class Teacher and a member of the Educational Support Committee, if there are additional learning needs. Upon determining the age-appropriate class for your child, s/he will join the class for a minimum of three to five consecutive days. A longer visit may be scheduled for prospective students with special needs. During a child’s visit, the class teacher and subject teachers will have an opportunity to observe your child’s developmental capacities across academic, social, artistic and physical aspects of the curriculum. Your child will also receive an "Extra Lesson" assessment during the visit to assess sensorimotor development informing higher learning capacities.
If at any point in the admissions process it is determined that our school’s admissions criteria are not able to be met, our Admissions Director will call you to close the process.
7. Enrollment: A decision letter and contracts will be mailed March 10 and will be due back, with a $200 enrollment deposit, within 10 days. Wait-listed applicants will be notified of openings as soon as they arise.
8. School Entrance: Upon enrollment, you can expect to receive the following to support your transition into the school:
- A family mentor from your child’s class will be in touch to invite you to upcoming school events and support any questions you may have.
- In July, you will receive an orientation packet with all necessary documentation for school entrance. In addition, there will be paperwork to be completed for your child's file prior to the opening of school.
- You will receive a class list to join class activities, arrange play dates, carpooling, et cetera. School directories for the new year are published in September for all enrolled families.
- Your child’s teacher will be in touch regarding preparations and upcoming meetings for the new school year and to schedule a home visit for your child. This is a special one-on-one time to support your child’s transition into the school.
- For new Early Childhood families, an orientationwill be scheduled in June.
- The school newsletter and web site provide community news, information and updates to our school calendar. Be sure to consult these on a regular basis.
- Our New Parent Reception at the beginning of the school year will give you an opportunity to meet other parents and members of CAWS Administration.
We look forward to supporting your children's admissions process!