Please read through our FAQ (frequently asked questions) for more information on Sea Rose Montessori
Q. What is the age range for enrollment?
A. Children must be at least 4 years old to be enrolled in our program. We offer rolling admissions (based on availability) so children can join us soon after their 4th birthday. For the 2017/18 year, students will range from 4 to 6 years old. In subsequent years we will be adding on additional grades
Q. What is a multi-age classroom?
A. Children learn by observing each other, so in a Montessori classroom, the children are placed with their peers in a multi-age environment. This allows the younger children to observe and learn from the work of the older children. It also helps the older children to reinforce their understanding every time they help the younger children. The Sea Rose Montessori will be age 4 – 6 in 2017/18 and will eventually grow through age 9.
Q. What hours is the school open?
A. We will offer a full day program from 8am – 5pm. We ask that all children arrive by 8:30am so that they can get settled into their day. Parents are welcome to pick up children as early a 3pm.
Q. How does the year-round schedule work?
A. Your yearly tuition includes year-round, full day care. We follow state guidelines that require 180 academic days. Our schedule beyond those 180 days will be more flexible to fit the desire of our students and families. We will still incorporate Montessori teachings during the summer months to keep our student’s from being affected by “summer brain drain”, but the hours of academics will be reduced and replaced with other productive and engaging activities.
Q. When are school closings?
A. The school will close for all federal holidays and 2 weeks over Christmas. The final 2017/18 calendar will be posted here soon.
Q. What if I do not want to send my child to attend 5 days a week or over the summer?
A. A less than full schedule for a student can be a financial strain on the school, but we are open to discussions with families and will make decisions with the input of our teachers on a case by case basis.
Q. What does it mean to be a co-op school?
A. As a parent-led co-op, Sea Rose Montessori was founded by a group of parents who hired the teachers that will guide our children. The families that enroll their children here will all have the opportunity to take on a role at the school, and have a voice in the direction of their child’s education. In lieu of an administration, the school will be governed by a board that will include parents. There are several benefits of a co-op over a traditional public or private school model. First we reduce administrative costs which allows us to focus our spend on quality educators, and keep tuition low for our families. Second it gives parents more freedom to shape their children’s educational experience, and allows the school to evolve as it reflects the philosophy of the current parent set. Parents will have the choice to be as involved as they choose and we will have opportunities for tuition credit for certain roles parents take on at the school.
Q. How does the tuition credit system work?
A. Our tuition credit program is still under development, but will be designed to offer benefit the school, through parent involvement, and the families, through opportunities to reduce tuition. We will provide families with a list of scheduled activities that benefit the school, that they can take ownership of for credit (in-classroom, board meetings & fund-raising, for example).
Q.Is their a religious affiliation?
Sea Rose leases space on the Saint Mary’s campus in Portsmouth, Rhode island but is free of any religious affiliation.
Q. Are their any transportation options?
While Sea Rose does not currently have any transportation options, we encourage families in close proximity to each other to carpool.