Overview

art2Before you decide to apply for a place for your child, we recommend that you make an appointment to view the School and its facilities.  The visit gives parents the opportunity to meet the Head of School and to get a feel for the School environment.  Auburn House Montessori School accepts any child whose family is interested in Montessori education as an approach to life.  We attempt to achieve a balance of age, gender and experience in each class.

Generally, we are not equipped to care for children with special needs.  Therefore, any such care is entirely at the discretion of the School and conditional upon the consent of the Head of School.  In all cases, the child must be able to participate and substantially benefit from the programme without risk to him/herself or to the other children.

No person shall on the basis of gender, religious belief or national origin be excluded from participation, be denied the benefits of the School or be subject to unfair discrimination.

Selection Criteria and Allocation of Places

When selecting children for places, we intend to enrol those children whose families we consider will be a best fit for our Montessori School. Factors we may consider:  the child’s history of learning in the Montessori environment, the child’s overall suitability, application date, willingness of the family to participate in activities to support the school, etc.  The School retains the right to make all enquiries necessary
to obtain information which may assist it to reach a decision in any particular case. All enquiries will remain confidential. Confirmation or refusal of placement into the School remains ultimately at the discretion of the Head of School.

We give special consideration to siblings and children transferring from other Montessori programmes.


Preschool (3-6yrs)

Pre-school children must be aged three or older, fully toilet trained and be able to communicate their needs clearly. Preference will be given to younger children because it is important that they complete the three year work cycle to adequately prepare them for Primary school, especially if the child is to continue their primary education within Auburn House.

 

Primary (6-12yrs/Grade 1-6) and Middle School (12-15yrs/Grade 7-9)

For Junior Primary (6-9yrs/Grade 1-3) enrolment preference will be given to children who have completed a minimum of two years at a Montessori pre-school. In isolated instances we will accept a child who has little or no Montessori experience but this will always be after careful consideration by the School and after assessment by a class teacher. Montessori pre-school prepares the children for Junior Primary in many ways. For example, children learn to respect the equipment, and become used to working independently and constructively. Montessori pre-school also helps children to learn to act responsibly within their environment. Primary builds on these skills but it does not teach them. This is why it is difficult to accept a child with no Montessori background into a Junior Primary class.

Children with Montessori backgrounds who have attended mainstream schools since leaving a Montessori pre-school may apply if they attended their Montessori pre-school until they were six, for at least a minimum of two years prior. An enrolment decision will depend on the eligibility and suitability of the child.

In Senior Primary (9-12yrs/Grade 4-6) children use the skills developed and are being prepared for the Middle School or a variety of other High schools. Applications from children from main stream schools are considered. An enrolment decision will depend on the eligibility and suitability of the child and if the child would benefit from the schooling provided.

The Middle School (12-15yrs/Grade 7-9) prepares young individuals for a variety of High schools or FET centers. All applications are considered. An enrolment decision will depend on the eligibility and suitability of the individual and if they would benefit from the programme offered. There is an extra application form for the Middle School, with sections for completion by parents and pupils. There is also a confidential report to be completed by the current/previous school, to be sent to us directly by the school.

 

The Application Process

For any potential pupil to be considered we must receive a completed application form and the applicable application fee (R300 per child). We cannot proceed with the application until we receive your forms and payment. All applications must be accompanied by your child’s last report, except for young children who have not yet attended a pre-school. Once all documentation is received the child’s name is added to the waiting list.

Parents are strongly advised to submit the application form as early as possible because the application date is a factor in establishing priority in the event of a shortage of places. It is important that application forms for siblings are also submitted as soon as possible.

An assessment will be required, depending on the age of the child (usually 4½ – 15yr olds). The assessment is a gentle, stress-free visit which may involve the child joining the class for a morning, or a day or two.

Preschool children will have an ‘interview’ with the class teacher, accompanied by a parent. Primary children will be required to visit the school for a minimum of 3 days and a maximum of 5 days, if the School feels that this is necessary. Middle School children will need to visit for a minimum of 5 days. 

This is an opportunity for the child to experience first-hand what the class is like and is also an opportunity for the teacher to meet the child, to assess whether or not s/he is suited to the Montessori environment and, if so, where the child should be placed within the classes. All decisions are based on the best interests of both the child and of the existing children in the class. Applicants for the Middle School will also be required to meet with the School Counsellor.

Parents will be notified of the results of their child’s application. Should a place be offered parents will be required to pay an enrolment deposit/placement fee to secure the child’s place at the School. This fee is payable by the due date provided. This offer will be withdrawn should the School not receive this payment by the specified date.

Parents are also strongly encouraged to attend parent education workshop offered by the School, to further their understanding of the Montessori Philosophy and Methodology.

Waiting List

Upon receipt of a completed application form and supporting documentation the child’s name is placed on the waiting list for the appropriate year/term. Should we be unable to offer a place, the child’s name will remain on the waiting list for one more year. If we are still not in a position to offer a place after this time, the child’s name will be removed, and parents notified.


Family Commitment

Montessori education is most effective when a child’s parents/primary caregivers understand and co-operate with the long-term programme.

It is of the utmost importance that parents and caregivers understand the Montessori philosophy of teaching and to fully support its methods. They need to agree to support the Auburn House School staff. Parents and caregivers need to be willing participants and fully support all initiatives of the school in fundraising ventures, working days, parent education evenings, equipment making and social events. We are very happy for parents to indicate their own particular skills and preference for areas they would like to assist with.

Parents and caregivers are expected to communicate with the school and the teachers in an open and reasonable manner. Parents and caregivers need to acknowledge that every place in the school can be reviewed if the need arises.

VERY IMPORTANT: If it is found that the parent has not disclosed problems that the child may have which are beyond the scope of the School’s capabilities (such as physical, mental or psychological behavioural problems) then the School may terminate the enrolment of the child. In the event of this, the parent will forfeit all registration and tuition fees made to the School.

By submitting an application parents and caregivers agree that they understand the Auburn House Admissions Policy.

Application Process – Summary 

Step 1:             Book school visit (recommended)
Step 2:             Submit application form (Application fee R300 per child)
Step 3:             Child’s name placed on waiting list for the appropriate year/term
Step 4:             Request from School for possible interview/assessment /child visit
Step 5:             Parents advised of place offered/refused
Step 6:             Parents to confirm acceptance of place offered
Step 7:             Parents pay the enrolment/placement fee
Step 7:             Welcome pack issued