Sunshine typically has openings twice a year due to student graduations in June and September. The first step to enrollment is touring and submitting an application. We accept applications for our Children's House and Toddler House programs year-round; all applications we receive are automatically added to our waiting pool. Sunshine DOES NOT have a numbered “wait list” as admission to one of our programs depends on a variety of criteria including: desired schedule, age, gender, and spot availability. These criteria are important in keeping a balanced Montessori learning environment (For example if Sunshine had 12 new openings; instead of enrolling twelve three-year old girls for the morning preschool program we would enroll a variety of girls and boys, morning, school-day and extended day students, of various ages to balance out the classroom openings created that year.)
Each year, the official admissions process at Sunshine typically begins in February and generally continues through April. Once we have determined that we may have an opening in a program that fits with a student application, we will contact applicable families and arrange for Child Visits. During the Child Visit, our teaching staff has the opportunity to observe and interact with the child in the classroom and the Director will meet with parents allowing them to ask any more questions about Sunshine. Occasionally we may have an opening that is not in the standard June or September time frame and we will similarly enroll a new student using the aforementioned process.
Applications are kept on file for TWO enrollment cycles. Applicants who have been invited for a Child Visit will be notified of enrollment status. If you have not been contacted for a Child Visit you should assume that your child remains in the Wait Pool and we do not yet have an opening that meets your needs. Although demand exceeds our annual openings and we cannot guarantee program admission we do review applications with every opening and place as many students as we are able.
Montessori Curriculum is designed as a 3-year cycle which includes the 5th year of age. This year may be some children’s “Kindergarten year” while other fall birthday students will complete the 3rd year prior to “Kindergarten.” Children’s House enrollment priority is given to children that are planning to enroll for the full 3-year cycle and/or Montessori transfer students. Priority enrollment is also given to siblings of current students.
Families admitted to Sunshine Montessori are expected to uphold the school’s mission and work together with the community to support their child’s Montessori education.