Our application process includes time for parents to get to know our school as well as our Waldorf educational philosophy and curriculum. When considering a new student, we seek to meet the needs of the child as well as continuing to meet the needs of the children in the class. The process for new families involves the following steps:
Step 1: Inquiry
Submit an online inquiry HERE so that we have some basic information about you and your family.
Step 2: School Tour
Once we have received your inquiry we will contact you to arrange a tour of the school. Tours include quiet observation of classes in progress and a chance to ask questions and receive answers. The tour will include both buildings and the recess field (off site).
Tour Schedule: January - March once a week on Tuesdays at 8:30am. April to June and September to December - once a month or on a case by case basis. All tours will need to be booked with administration.
After you have had a tour, please submit an application and a $60 application fee. This fee can be paid with cash, cheque or via e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org Applications for new families wanting to start in September 2020 should be submitted by March 15, 2020.
Applications submitted after this date are welcome and the same process will be followed with an understanding that you may be placed in a wait pool if our classes reach maximum enrollment.
Applications received after the school year has begun may take up to two weeks to reach an admissions decision.
step 4: meet the teacher
After we have received your application, we will contact you to arrange for you and your child to meet with the class teacher. This interview is an opportunity for the teacher to learn more about your child and for you to learn more about our school.
step 5: class visit
Kindergarten and Grades applicants will be asked to spend a morning or two in the class they are applying for. During the class visit the teacher will assess developmental, academic and social readiness.
step 6: admissions decision
After your meeting with the teacher and class visit (K-7 only), you will be contacted by Administration. Considerations of acceptance are made based on your family's plan to remain with our school long term, class availability and the school’s ability to meet the needs of the child. Our goal in the application process is to ensure a good fit for students and their families, in support of our school’s Mission, Vision and Values.
New families applying for September 2020 will learn of their acceptance by mid to late March 2020.
step 7: registration
Once acceptance has been communicated, confirmation of admission happens when parents returned signed registration and tuition paperwork.
Waldorf education is inherently an integrative education. Comox Valley Waldorf School has limited resources for meeting specialized needs. We are willing to meet with families to assess whether we are able to meet the needs of a child with special requirements. Applicants for admission with a diagnosed learning disability and/or a current IEP will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In determining what learners we can serve, we recognize our capabilities and limitations and our wish to meet each student’s needs with integrity.
As part of the Comox Valley Waldorf School enrollment conversation, parents are required to share any information from previous assessments. During the course of the admission process, the teacher may recommend further assessment from the Curative Education teacher on staff or an evaluator outside the school. The teachers will decide whether the student’s needs can be met within the range of the school resources and policies. Some students will be able to be successful at the school when they have support provided outside the school. While our approach appears to offer benefits to students with learning challenges (education through multiple modalities and emphasis on art and music), it has been our experience that the children who thrive in our environment are those who enjoy learning, do well in an auditory learning environment, are responsive to artistically rendering what has been presented orally in the lessons, can work independently and in groups, and can accept responsibly.
Few teachers at our school have extensive training in working with children with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioural challenges. Our resources for supporting special needs are limited and that, in turn, limits the range of needs that we can meet and the number of children with special needs we can effectively teach. Comox Valley Waldorf School must ensure that efforts to serve particular students do not impose undue hardship on teachers or detract from other students’ opportunity to learn.
Enrolled students requiring additional academic or social support may be identified in a number of ways including but not limited to: by teachers, the Curative Education teacher, a doctor, or by parents. While teachers may provide extra help on a short-term basis parents may be asked to provide additional support through outside services. A collaborative approach is taken in assisting teachers and parents in finding the additional support needed. At any point in the student’s schooling, if it appears that the student’s needs cannot be met at the school, there will be conversations with the parents over time, with the final decision resting with the school.