Given that one of the core values of the Siskiyou School is embracing cultural and economic diversity, it is our intention, and policy, to welcome students from a broad range of social, economic, and cultural backgrounds.
While we do not discriminate against any student for admission based on race, creed, religion, gender identity, or national orientation, we do strive to accept children that have needs that we can meet and will be successful in our school. Children are admitted with all deliberate intention, through careful assessment and evaluation to ensure a good fit for the child, the family, and the school.
First Grade Application Procedure
For current Siskiyou School families:
1. Submission of a completed enrollment application, including $50 application fee and two photographs (one of the child, one of the family)
2. First Grade Readiness Assessment completed with our Educational Support Teacher or other qualified evaluator.
3. Meeting with our Administrator upon request (optional based on Administrator evaluation).
For parents new to the school:
1. Attendance of two informational events to learn about the Siskiyou School and Waldorf education.
Parent Evening/Introduction to Waldorf – An evening talk led by our Educational Support Teacher, Nina Gallwey. The talk offers a wonderful introduction to Waldorf education, an explanation of the view of child development that underlies our curriculum, and vivid examples of how our developmental curriculum meets the children through the grades. The evening is for parents only.
Main Lesson Tour – The tour allows prospective parents to get a sense of our program and see the children responding to it. During the Main Lesson Tour, parents visit grades 1-8 during Main Lesson, the heart of each school day at the Siskiyou School.
2. Submission of a completed enrollment application, including $50 application fee and two photographs (one of the child, one of the family)
3. Meeting with our Administrator. This meeting is intended to answer any questions, and hear about the child and what brings the family to our school. It is encouraged for both parents to attend this introductory meeting, but not required.
4. First Grade Readiness Assessment completed with our Educational Support Teacher or other qualified evaluator. The visit allows us to get acquainted with the child and get a sense where they are developmentally. It also gives the child a chance to begin to get to know the school to which he/she may be coming.
New Student Application Procedure
1. Evaluation of space in the existing class. Parents call the front office and an inquiry form is filled out by the Office Manager with relevant information about the child and family. This form is then passed to our Administrator, who in turn discusses with the teacher and broader faculty (if applicable) the ability of the current class to welcome another child.
2. Meeting of the child with the class teacher. The class teacher will meet with the child to conduct an academic assessment. The teacher will get to know the prospective student and will get a sense of them and their ability to integrate into the class and into the school in a healthy way.
3. Meeting of the parents with the Administrator. The administrator meets with the parents to review Waldorf curriculum and philosophy, give a general tour of the campus, and answer any questions about Waldorf education or the Siskiyou School in general.
4. Submission of a complete application and Records Request Form from the child’s previous school. The enrollment application includes the $50 application fee and two photographs (one of the child, one of the family). The Records Request Form is then sent from the Siskiyou School office to the child’s previous or current school.
5. A class visit for two/three consecutive days.
Once a child’s application process is completed, the application is reviewed by the faculty.
Acceptance letters are mailed out including a welcome letter from the Administrator and a New Student Enrollment Agreement.
For the child to be enrolled, the office must receive a completed and signed Enrollment Agreement, along with the $300 new family enrollment fee ($150 for students with currently enrolled siblings).
After receiving the Enrollment Agreement, parents will be mailed the remaining Enrollment Documents, or in the spring if applying for the upcoming school year.