Admissions FAQs

Q1
Can drop by at any time for a school tour?
Due to the high interest in our program, tours are held in the mornings by appointment. We are happy to answer general questions on the phone or by email. You may also schedule a tour online. We also offer group tours and information several times a year in the fall and winter. More information can be found on our admissions page.
Q2
Who should attend the school tour?
Both parents (if applicable & possible). The initial tour is for adults only; your child will have an opportunity to visit the classroom and the teacher at a later date.
Q3
Do you have an Open House?
We will host an Open House in the fall and another one in January. Check back closer to that time period for dates and times.
Q4
How far in advance may I submit an application?
Parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible. We offer rolling admission in our Toddler and Primary programs.
Q5
May I request a specific classroom/teacher?
Because of the complexity of creating balanced classrooms, we cannot accept requests from parents for placement of children in particular classrooms or with particular classmates. If you have particular concerns about your child's learning style during a time of transition, you are welcome to meet with the level coordinators to discuss those concerns. The administration and faculty work hard to ensure that each child is placed in an environment where her needs will be met.
Q6
What are the factors that determine my child’s placement?
Depending on the openings that are available, our goal is to balance the classrooms by age and gender of the children.
Q7
Is there a sibling discount?
No, we do not offer sibling discounts.
Q8
Does my Toddler and/or Primary child have to attend school five days a week?
Yes. Children thrive on consistency and order. Because they don’t have a firm sense of time it is very hard for them to adapt to a three-day-a-week class (for example). Children who have had a new lesson can’t wait to come back the next day and work on that lesson…it’s hard to maintain a level of enthusiasm and excitement without a five-day week. In addition, children adapt much more quickly to school when they have a five-day routine.
Q9
What is the difference between the Primary full-day and all-day program?
The all-day program is geared toward parents who require childcare after the traditional school day ends. The all-day class provides the convenience of having the child in the same environment all day long instead of hiring a nanny or placing the child in another after-school program. The all-day program runs from 7:30am-6:00pm. The full-day program runs 8:30am to 3:00pm (Lavista) or 8:45am to 3:15pm (Scott). Parents can also choose the half-day program (8:30am to 11:30am at Lavista and 8:45am to 11:45am at Scott) for children under the age of five years. Once a Primary program child turns five, they are ready to stay for the entire school day. Many working parents do chose the traditional school day and have a caregiver pick up their child after the half-day or full-day ends at 3pm instead of enrolling in the all-day program.
Q10
Do I have a choice of the Lavista or Scott Campus for my Primary child?
You may request a preference for a campus and we will take your request into consideration and try to accommodate you. However, placement of the children is also based on the needs of the classrooms. Since the classrooms are multi-age, we need to have a balance of ages and genders. For example, we may have a classroom that needs another four- year-old boy and another where we need more three-year-olds.
Q11
Does Arbor offer financial aid?
Arbor offers financial aid so that we may enroll and retain students who could not otherwise afford to attend. Arbor admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, family structure or sexual orientation to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, family structure or sexual orientation in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs. Arbor’s financial aid funds are reserved for families who have no alternative to requesting assistance. To be eligible for consideration for financial aid, applicants must complete the on-line process through School and Student Services (SSS), an independent organization sponsored by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Based on the financial information provided on the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) and other required forms and tax returns, SSS calculates and verifies the amount the family is able to contribute to tuition. Late or incomplete applications for financial aid cannot be processed. Financial aid packets are available in our office or you may visit www.sss.nais.org/parents for more information. The deadline for financial aid is February 20.
Q12
Do you accept transfer students without Montessori experience? Do you accept transfers mid-year?
Yes, we accept transfer students from non-Montessori schools. We will also consider mid-year transfers..
Q13
Since your program runs August to June, what options do parents have for childcare in the summer?
We do offer five weeks of summer camp for our students ages 2-4 years. Many of our parents hire a nanny in the summer or share a nanny with other parents. They also coordinate group playdates and schedule their childrens’ attendance at the same camps so they can share carpool. Children 5 years and older have many options for summer camps in the Atlanta area.
Q14
Do you have after-school extracurricular activities?
Yes, we offer children grades 1-6 a variety of activities including drama, chess, Lego robotics, karate, soccer, art and music.
Q15
Do you have an after-school program? How old must my child be to participate?
Arbor’s after-school program is called Enrichment. Enrichment is open to children ages five and older. The program is based at the LaVista campus and runs 3pm-6pm.
Q16
Do you have sports teams?
Yes, starting in fifth grade, students may participate on a sport team. Offerings include cross-country, track and basketball. The students compete against Atlanta area private schools. We also offer soccer and karate to younger students as after-school extracurricular activities.