Q. What grades does the school serve?
A. The school serves students in preschool (3 and 4 year olds) through 6th grade.
Q. How many spots are reserved for neighborhood students?
A. Neighborhood students living in the attendance area have first preference to attend Ridgemoor Park. Any remaining seats after neighborhood students have enrolled will be filled through the theme school application process.
Q. Will preschool and kindergarten be half day or full day?
A. Both preschool and kindergarten will be half day. Preschool students will attend Monday-Thursday. Kindergarten students attend five days a week.
Q. Do families pay tuition?
A. Students in kindergarten through 6th grade do not pay tuition. Preschool tuition is determined on a sliding scale based on income and eligibility factors.
Q. When will construction start?
A. Construction began in early 2017.
Q. Is there a preference for students with Montessori experience?
A. Yes, students who have Montessori experience will be given preference after sibling preference based on space availability.
Q. Will an afterschool program be offered?
A. LOOP, the program used throughout GRPS, is grant funded. Funding for LOOP is not available in the first year a school is open. The principal and school staff will explore other opportunities for after school programming until grant funding is available.
Q. What is the student to teacher ratio?
A. The ratio for preschool is 8:1. Class size is capped at 16 for preschool, with a teacher and a paraprofessional in the classroom. Class size for kindergarten through 6th grade will adhere to the GRPS standard.
Q. What does a typical day look like?
A. A typical day involves a class meeting and students working on their lessons. The structure will vary somewhat from classroom to classroom, but will follow the Montessori principles. Specials, like music, art, and gym, will be held throughout the week.
Q. What type of technology will be used by students?
A. The proposed technology plan includes Apple iPad Air 2s for student use.
Q. When will the principal be hired?
A. The principal was hired in May and is Mr. Forrest Clift.
Q. Is there a sibling preference for admission?
A. Yes. The following outlines the selection process:
1. GRPS district residents with a sibling currently attending the applied for school (not including test-in schools).
2. GRPS district residents, regardless of the school they are currently attending; non-residents currently attending a GRPS school; and children of GRPS employees, who reside within the GRPS boundaries.
3. Non-residents with a sibling currently attending the applied for school (not including test-in schools); and children of GRPS employees, who are non-residents.
4. Non-residents with a sibling currently attending any GRPS school.
5. After groups 1-4 have been selected, if seats remain, up to 15% non-resident students will be selected.
Q. Will the school have air conditioning?
A. Yes, the building currently has air conditioning.
Q. Are preschool students bussed with other students?
A. No, preschool students are bussed separately.
Q. Is the building going to be expanded?
A. No, there are no plans to expand the building.
Q. Will the playground be updated?
A. Yes. The playground is currently in the design phase. The playground will have equipment that is fun and appropriate for students in preschool through 6th grade.
Q. Will there be a community garden?
A. A community garden would be a wonderful addition to the school. The garden requires staff, students, parents, and the community to come together to maintain it, so this decision will be made by the principal with stakeholder input and in alignment with GRPS guidelines for gardens.
Q. Where will staff and parents park? Will they be parking on the street?
A. Staff, parents, and visitors will park in the parking lot. Street parking will be discouraged.
Q. What time will students be dropped off and picked up?
A. The bell times have not been finalized yet, but will likely be around 9:00am and 4:00pm.
Q. How will art and music classes be provided?
A. The goal is to leverage communal spaces to provide art and music in an interactive and creative way.
Q. Will there be an opportunity to meet the principal and staff?
A. Yes, the principal and staff will meet families prior to the start of school. The community will be invited to meet school personnel at a fall open house.
Q. Will the staff be Montessori trained?
A. Yes. The staff will likely be a combination of experienced, trained Montessorians and newer Montessorians who are undergoing training.