The 2019-2020 Admissions Period
opens Dec 1st!
The admissions process is designed to introduce families to the Montessori and Classical philosophies and to ensure a good fit between your child and Good Shepherd School. Be sure to ask any questions you might have. We are happy to talk through anything!
Dec 1: Enrollment Opens for 2019-2020
Jan 12, Jan 26, Feb 9: Family Interviews and Student Placement
Feb 1: Student Application deadline
Feb 15: Financial Aid Application deadline
Open Now: Optional School Tour or Primary Parent Observation
Contact our Admissions Department anytime to schedule an after-school tour. Tours last about 30 minutes and children are welcome!
An essential part of the Montessori process is observation. The Montessori environment is unique. It’s essential for you to see how the teacher and students interact and how the students are able to work on their own even at a young age. This observation can last anywhere between 15 minutes and 1 hour. It is recommended that your child is not present. Contact our Admissions Department for scheduling.
Dec 1 – Feb 1: Submit an Application
You may submit an application and application fee online starting Dec 1st, 2019. The application is two parts:
Part A: “Family Information Page”
The application deadline is Feb 1st, 2019. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.
Jan – early Feb: Family Interview and Student Placement
If you think Good Shepherd School is right for your child, an interview for both parents and your child will be scheduled. Interviews are available in January and early February of 2019 and you can schedule this interview through our website. The meeting is low-key and enjoyable. Your elementary child will participate in part of the conversation and will spend time working with a staff member to assess academic placement. Your primary child will spend time with our Montessori teacher in our 3-6 year old environment.
Early Jan – Feb 15: Financial Aid
We strive to extend aid to families to the very best of our ability. Our goal is to make GSS tuition relevant and affordable for any family. Please don’t hesitate to apply because of finances. We will work with you.
Financial aid is an optional part of the application process. The financial aid application will be available starting in January, 2019. You will need your tax statements and your information is kept strictly confidential. All aid awards are conferred along with notifications of acceptance.
The aid period closes on Feb 15, 2019. Aid applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis.
March: Admission and Deposit
Admissions decisions for the 2019-2020 academic year will be released in March, and a deposit of 10% tuition will be issued. This deposit is required to hold your child’s place in class. We do expect to have a waitlist, and your child’s enrollment will be forfeit if your deposit is not received within the allotted time.
The first six weeks of school are considered a trial period to ensure a healthy fit between your child and the school. If you or the school decides that your child is not flourishing in the Good Shepherd School environment, we’ll help you in any way we can to transition your child and help them on to their next school environment.
Late Enrollment and Waitlist
Student applications and aid applications received after the deadlines will be considered on a rolling basis. Please be aware that we expect most classes to be filled during the enrollment period. If your child is waitlisted, we will notify you if enrollment becomes likely and if you should schedule a family interview with us. Due to changes in family circumstances, we usually see a few seats open up through the spring and summer months.