Holly Brook Montessori

Admissions for Cedar Lane

General Information 2023-24

3 – 5 and completely toilet trained. Children enrolling at age 5 must have had previous Montessori experience.

Hours of Operation
The Montessori School hours are from 9:00 AM to 12:00 noon. Kindergarten hours are 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM Monday through Friday. The Montessori Extended Day Program hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. The Montessori Full Day Program hours are 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday and includes the Montessori School.

Student Enrollment Procedures

  • Application fee: A one time $50 non-refundable fee must accompany submission of this application.
  • Acceptance: Following receipt of the application, a teacher/parent/child interview will be scheduled at the school, at a mutually convenient time.
  • Deposit: A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit is due upon acceptance and reserves a place for your child in the classroom. This deposit may be deducted from the annual or the second semester tuition payment; or if the tuition is paid by the month, it is deducted from the May 1 tuition payment only. For returning students, the deposit will be rolled over to the following school year.

Payments are based on a ten-month school year from September – June and can be made in Annual
(1 payment), Semester (2 payments), or Installment Plan (10 equal installments due the first of each month beginning August 1 through May 1).

Refunds and Adjustments
All children are enrolled for the full nine-month school year. No tuition refund will be made due to illness, vacation or withdrawal. If the school is given a 60 day written notice of a child leaving school, then tuition is payable through the 60 days. The deposit is non-refundable.

Dismissal Policy
A child may be dismissed at the school’s discretion upon a written notice to the parent for consistent aggressive or disruptive behavior, either physical or verbal by the parent or child. A child may also be asked to leave if the staff believes the child is not benefiting from our Montessori program. In this instance, the deposit will be refunded and the tuition prorated according to the time a child was actually enrolled.

Observation and Conference
Observations and conferences may be scheduled at any time by the parent or the teacher. Formally scheduled conferences are held during late winter to discuss student development.

Trial Period
The first six weeks are considered a trial period for the parents, student and staff. During that time, the contract may be terminated without any further obligation on the part of either the school or the parent. The tuition during this period will be prorated for the time the child is actually in attendance. The deposit is not refundable unless the school dismisses the child.

Parent Activities
Several programs are scheduled for parents throughout the year. Parent Education Night features a discussion of Montessori theory and the opportunity to ask questions and meet other parents. A special Father’s Night and Mother’s Night are scheduled later in the year. All parents are encouraged to contact the school regarding any particular interest or hobby they have which can be shared with the children during class time.

Health Certificate
Health regulations require that each child must have a physician’s certificate of physical examination before they can be admitted to any school. The certificate should be submitted to the Montessori School of Cedar Lane by
August 15.

Parents are asked to dress their children neatly and simply. Children will be provided aprons in class when it is necessary to protect their clothing. Names should be attached to, or marked on, all removable clothing. Parents are asked to provide the school with a full change of clothing to be kept at the school.

All children are served a nutritious mid-morning snack each day. All-day children are also served an afternoon snack. Parents may provide refreshments on their child’s birthday if they wish to do so.

Full Day Program Information
Our Full Day Program consists of both before and after school programs that are designed to provide quality care, a pleasant atmosphere and stimulating activities for the children. Cots, sheets and blankets are provided for naps. Medicine may be dispensed according to written orders from the child’s doctor.

Children enjoy the great outdoors every day, weather permitting. Since only rain, extreme cold, or wind interfere with this time, it is important to dress your child accordingly. Story time, circle games, exercise, dramatic play, music, arts and crafts, and creative free play are all a part of a busy, happy day at our school.

Each child brings a boxed lunch. Emphasis is placed on healthy eating habits, good nutrition and proper table manners.

Snow Policy
For weather emergencies, we will usually follow Fairfax County Public Schools, but will also consider the other jurisdictions that surround us. Should Fairfax County close schools for the day, we will most likely close as well. Should Fairfax County open late, we will open at 9:00 (doors will open at 8:45 with no early care).

(The Montessori School of Cedar Lane admits children without regard to race, color, or national origin)