Riverbend, as a private school, accepts applications throughout the year if space is available. The enrollment process in our private school commences in February for the upcoming school year. Acceptance into one of the Montessori classrooms involves a 5 step process. To understand the procedure and the special considerations that determine how admission decisions are made, please review the following:
Application forms may be obtained from either the school office or filled out online and submitted at any time. When the application, along with the registration fee is received, the child is eligible for consideration as vacancies arise.
We offer a formal tour of the school on scheduled mornings in order to provide an applicant’s parents with the opportunity to observe each of the class levels offered at Riverbend. A general overview of Montessori Education will be discussed during the tour. You must take a formal tour before your application will be considered for enrollment.
Informal Interview with Child and Parent Interview
This is a one-on-one time for the school to be introduced to the child and the child to view the school for the first time. During the interview, the child and the administrator will have an opportunity to interact. At this time, each applicant will be placed on a waiting list and will be considered for placement as openings occur. As the parent tours the school, many specific questions or concerns may arise. During the interview, parents and the administrator have an opportunity to address those specific areas regarding each child.
The school reserves the right of student classroom placement. When all other qualifications are equal, preference will be given to siblings and children of former Riverbend students who have completed the school’s curriculum. The factors of boy/girl ratios and necessary age grouping are also considered in the selection of new students.
Testing for Elementary
New students wishing to enroll in the Elementary classes will need to take an assessment test. A $50.00 non-refundable fee is required in order to take the test. Payment of this testing fee does not guarantee admission.
Riverbend Montessori and Elementary admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational or admission policies, nor in any other school-administered activities.
Primary Class – 2 1/2 to 6 Years Old
Child must be fully toilet trained to attend a primary class.
|Class Days & Times||Annually||10 Payments|
|Half day Mon to Fri. 9:00am to 12:00pm||$7,000||$690|
|All day Mon to Fri. 9:00am to 3:15pm||$8,900||$890|
|Kindergarten * Mon to Fri. 9:00am to 3:15pm||$8,900||$890|
|Class Days & Times||Annually||10 Payments|
|1st –3rd Grade 8:45am to 3:45pm||$9,400||$940|
|4th –6th Grade 8:45am to 3:45pm||$9,750||$975|
There is a $50 non-refundable testing fee for students not currently enrolled in Riverbend, who are applying for Elementary. Payment of this testing fee does not guarantee admission. A yearly activity fee of $475 for Kindergarten and Elementary students is paid per semester per child in the amount of $237.50 each semester. This fee is due in August and January of the school year.
|Class Days & Times||Price|
|7:00am to 9:00am||$70 per month|
|3:15pm to 5:30pm||$120 per month|
There is a $1 per minute per child late fee for pick-up after 5:30pm.
Registration and Security Deposit
There is a yearly registration fee of $175 per student and $200 per family with 2 or more siblings. This fee is due at the time of the application, and once a space is offered and accepted, the fee becomes nonrefundable.
A security deposit equal to one-half of one month’s tuition is due by May 15, 2017, and it is nonrefundable. During the 2017-2018 school year, if you provide one month’s written notice of withdrawal, the deposit will be applied to any outstanding tuition with the balance returned, otherwise it will be applied to May 2018 tuition.
Tuition may be paid in one yearly payment or in ten equal installments starting in August and continuing each month through May. Parents agree and understand that they are responsible for the entire monthly payment, regardless of the number of days absent. A fee of $20.00 will be charged on all returned checks. Payments received after the 16th of the month will be charged a late fee of $10.00.
A $10 late pick up fee will be assessed after the last car in the line up has left for students who are to be picked up at noon. Students who are to be picked up in the afternoon will be charged the after school care fee. All children new to Riverbend are admitted for a provisional period of six weeks.