All children enrolled at Highlawn attend five days per week. Part of Dr. Montessori's philosophy speaks to consistency being so important to the young child. A short school day, five days per week, is more settling to a child than an every other day schedule or a couple of long days.

The morning session is from 8:45-11:45. The extended day session is from 8:45-2:30.

Elementary students attend from 8:15-3:00.

Before School Care begins at 7:30 a.m. Children may attend every day or on an occasional basis. The children are dismissed to their classrooms at 8:45 a.m.

Explorer's Club is from 2:30-5:00 and is open to any child in the extended day program.

Tuition for the nine-month program is $5225. All students during a particular school year pay the same tuition whether they are half day, part time extended day or full time extended day.

The tuition for Elementary students (1st to 6th grades) is $6695 per year.

There is an annual equipment fee of $150 for Children's House students and $175 for Elementary students.

Supplementary Programs

Before School Care is $6.00 per day.

Explorer's Club is $15.00 per day.

The After School Program is available for Children’s House students needing additional care after the 11:45 a.m. pick-up. This program runs daily until 5:45 p.m. Students must be registered in the office for 2-5 days. The After School Program is $35 per day.

There are 24 children of mixed ages in each class. There is an AMI trained teacher and an assistant in each class.

When you have a mix of ages, the older children can help the younger children and the younger children can learn from the older role models. In a same-age class, all the children need the same things at the same time.

Your child must turn three by September 1 and be potty trained.

Extended day is offered to children at least 4 1/2 years old as the teacher feels they are ready. Readiness is assessed by the teacher observing solid work habits and the ability to work independently for an extended period of time. Rarely does a child start extended day the first year. In the second year, one, two or three days of extended day are offered. During the third, or kindergarten year, most children are here five full days.

Highlawn does not have a school uniform. We suggest that children wear comfortable, functional clothes. We suggest clothes that the parents and child will not mind getting dirty. The children frequently do work on the floor and outside, and do messy art projects. The potential for dirt or paint on clothing and an occasional tear is a possibility.

Yes. Each child may bring a birthday treat on his or her birthday or half birthday. We suggest simple treats with little or no icing. Cookies, fruits, vegetables or breads are all good choices for treats. We do not distribute birthday party invitations at school.

If your child has special health concerns due to food or environmental allergies you will need to communicate your child’s health plan and concerns to the school. We will work closely with you to make sure your child is safe while at Highlawn.

We celebrate Halloween by wearing costumes to school, learning songs, and parading to a nearby retirement center to sing for the residents. During the winter holidays we talk about Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanza. Valentine's Day is celebrated by passing out Valentine's to classmates. In the spring we talk about Easter and Passover. Individual classes dye eggs and have an Easter egg hunt. If your family has holiday traditions that we are not familiar with, we ask that you come and share those with the class. We encourage you to bring symbols and food that go with the tradition.

The Children’s House kindergartners have Spanish Class weekly and our Elementary Students attend a weekly French Class. Our teachers come into the classrooms to work on vocabulary and phrase development through song, games, and rhymes. Spanish and French materials are also available in the classrooms and may be chosen during the work period.

Art and music are all part of the daily curriculum. The art projects are on the shelves at all times and the children are free to choose them at any time during the work period. For music there is a set of bells that also can be chosen at any time. Singing is done daily with the group at transition times.

Parent/teacher conferences are scheduled in both the fall and spring. There is a written report at the end of the year. We encourage open communication at all times. If the teacher has a concern she will call you to discuss it. If you have a concern the teachers encourage you to e-mail or call them at home in the evening.

In the fall we have a Family Open House for all students and family members. In February we have a Father's Party and in March we have a Mother's Party. Parent Council also plans several “parent only” socials throughout the year.

Parent Council is our PTO/PTA type organization. The members of Parent Council are self-nominated for a one-year term. Some of the committees are room parent coordinator, newsletter, fundraising and Earth Week.