Choosing where your child attends school is a major life decision. Private, public, or charter; the lottery system; curriculum styles; teacher to student ratio; dual language or bilingual programs; work/life schedules; costs; individual personalities and learning styles…….. Needless to say there are a lot of factors that impact your schooling decisions!
Just like other schools, the Radicle Roots Community Schoolhouse is in the midst of enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year. Unlike more traditional schools, however, we really strive to ensure that our learning community is the right fit for the student and their family. We know it can be an overwhelming feeling, and we’re here to help you navigate it! Please browse our website for a more in-depth understanding of our philosophy, curriculum, program specifics and get to know our mentors. Our application page details the steps in our enrollment process.
Curious about what a democratic, experiential kindergarten looks like?
Come to our Kindergarten OPEN HOUSE next week!
3701 E. MLK Jr Blvd, Unit #3 78721
Drop by to meet our teachers, participate in sample learning centers, find out about our daily circle time and try your hands on our projects class.
Here are some FAQs for our 2017-2018 kindergarten enrollment:
1. How does a multi-aged environment work for kindergarten?
We love the blend of 5 and 6 year-olds (kindergarten and first grade) that meets in the Garden House. The Garden House class spends mornings with a regular routine of circle time and learning centers. Up the hill, the 7-11 year-olds class meets in the Sunshine House. There is ample time for the Garden House class to interact with the Sunshine House class during the afternoon. This multi-age environment ensures opportunities for students to learn from older peers and model for younger ones, just like real life!
2. Are there openings? How big is the class?
For the 2017-2018 year we will have about 7 available spots for kindergarten. We aim to enroll an even boy/girl ratio for each learning cohort (although we leave room for flexible gender expression). The four rising 1st graders will remain in the Garden House along with the new cohort of kindergartners. There are about 3 available spots for 1st grade. We are aiming for a size of 15 K-1st kids. We are currently full for the 7-11 year old Sunshine House class, or 2nd-5th grade cohort for next school year, but we welcome waiting list submissions.
3. When is the deadline to enroll?
Our enrollment deadline is Friday March 3, 2017. Yikes, coming up fast!! There is a $20 late fee to enroll after that, if spots are available.
4. Can my four year old start?
We feel it is best to start students when they are emotionally ready for school rather than strictly by age. Ideally our new students start when they are 5 years old, but if there are late 4 year olds (i.e. students turning 5 in the fall semester) who are ready we will consider them. Just like other students we will follow our standard application process to decide together if early enrollment works.
5. Do you offer part-time?
We do not offer a part-time program as we feel it can be disruptive to the dynamics and the cohesion of the group, and we aim to meet the needs of working families with our schedule.
6. How can I get started?
Tours run alternate Wednesdays at 10am and you can register online here. We also welcome interest emails or phone calls at any time. Please drop by our Kindergarten Open House next Wednesday 3/8 from 4-6pm! Families will be able to tour the facilities, ask questions, meet Gaby, Caitlin, and Laura, and give you a feel for Radicle Roots kindergarten!
Hope to hear from you soon!