The Mi Escuela Montessori Preschool Program is tuition-based, private, 501(c)(3) nonprofit program serving children from three to five years old (preschool and prekindergarten). The program operates under the direction of the same governing board, administration and staff as the K-8 charter school program.
An Early Start
The Montessori approach works best when children receive the social emotional and academic foundation laid in the Children's House program. The majority of students participate in our program full time (school hours), but half day programs may be available if full time spots are not filled. Before and after care is offered for an additional fee. Florida charter law allows our school to give Kindergarten charter school enrollment preference to children who complete our VPK program.
***Our school is applying for the Charter School Program grant which prohibits preference to students in a preschool program. If we are awarded the CSP grant, our preschool students may need to apply for Kindergarten spots in a lottery and may not be given preference during the Kindergarten open enrollment. Families will be informed of this prior to enrollment.
While our K – 8 school program is a free public charter school program, our Preschool program is a private, tuition based program. Mi Escuela Montessori is committed to providing a high quality two way, dual language Montessori program to children of all income levels and to upholding equitable enrollment practices. To unleash and support our students’ potential, we must remove barriers and increase opportunities for all students. In order to achieve our educational mission, Mi Escuela Montessori reserves 50% of our preschool spaces for children who are economically disadvantaged or who are limited English proficient. Students whose siblings already attend Mi Escuela Montessori and children of governing board members or staff receive priority preschool admission. Our sliding-scale tuition policy acts as a cultural and economic equalizer by making it possible for families to pay tuition based on their individual means. This model has been successfully used to promote diversity in schools around the world. Discounted tuition is dependent upon funds available. Please use the chart below to determine whether you are Income A, B, C, or Full Pay and to determine the tuition rates for each income. If you have Income A, B, or C, Mi Escuela Montessori requires you to submit income verification tax forms and to participate in a scholarship interview prior to being given a sliding scale discount. Parents may opt to enroll as Full Pay with no requirement to verify income.
The demand for our dual language Montessori preschool program is very high. Please complete all of the following steps to ensure you understand the differences between our program and other programs and that you feel we are a good fit for your family. Students must turn 3 years old before they enter our program and must be able to handle bathroom needs independently. We aim to enroll families who are committed to being a long term part of our school community through their children's elementary education. There is no deadline for Primary applicants. However, we prefer to receive applications as early as possible, preferably before January 18th. Applications received after January 18th will be reviewed on a first come first served basis.
Our enrollment process consists of the following steps:
Review information on the Children's House on our website and application materials.
Attend a virtual information session on our program.
Join Our Mailing List so that you receive a reminder when our application opens the first week of November.
Apply online when our application opens in November. Be prepared to submit a $25 non-refundable application fee with your application. (Students who are applying only for the Spring VPK program will have this fee waived.) This fee is charged to cover the cost of our application platform.
Review our tuition fee schedule (below). Income A, B and Cfinancial aid is awarded on a first come, first serve basis and is not guaranteed based on acceptance. If funds are unavailable, your family may be offered a spot under the Full Pay Tuition Rate, even though your income qualifies for Income A, B, or C. If your family is applying for fee schedule A, B, or C, please be prepared to submit supporting income documentation. You will be required to complete an interview prior to being awarded the scholarship
You will be notified by January 18, 2021 of your child’s acceptance or placement on the waitlist. At that time, you can accept or decline your student’s enrollment at Mi Escuela Montessori.
If your child is offered enrollment, if applicable, pay the non-refundable enrollment deposit, sign the enrollment contract and provide all enrollment documentation within ten business days of offer. (Failure to confirm acceptance and provide all enrollment requirements within ten business days of offer of enrollment will result in spot being offered to the next child on the waitlist.)
*** Income refers to combined household income. *** Mi Escuela Montessori uses the Florida Income Eligibility Guidelines for Free and Reduced Lunch as a guide for determining if students qualify for Income A or Income B scholarship tuition rates, however it may consider additional factors in awarding sliding scale tuition financial aid.
School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten Program
Children who qualify as Income A and B may qualify for federally subsidized preschool through the School Readiness Program which may cover a portion of the cost of the tuition estimated below. The school requests that you apply for the federally subsidized School Readiness program through Polk Early Learning Coalition HERE. Mi Escuela Montessori runs a 540 hour VPK program during the second (spring) semester of its school year. Children who turn four years of age by September 1 are eligible to participate in Florida's free Voluntary Pre-kindergarten (VPK) education program. The school requests that you apply for your VPK voucher on the Early Learning Center of Polk County HERE by October 1st if you are accepted into the Spring VPK program. Students in the Spring VPK program will not be charged any fees for participation in the VPK program or be required to participate in supplementary programs or services. Students enrolled in our Fall semester have enrollment preference for our VPK program.
Estimated Fee Schedules
Upon acceptance of enrollment, families are offered a year contract for enrollment. For all programs except the Spring VPK program, a non-refundable enrollment deposit is due with this signed agreement on or before the close of business within 10 business days of the offer of enrollment. This deposit assures the student a place in the appropriate class in August 2021. The annual tuition may be paid in a lump sum, split into two payments, or paid on a monthly basis. Tuition payments are paid electronically via automatic bank withdrawal.