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Thank you for considering The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School for your children. We are committed to being the model for Catholic Montessori education throughout the region. Our unique learning environment, which is both “fully Catholic and fully Montessori” combines a solid faith formation program through the Catholic Catechesis of the Good Shepherd with an authentic Montessori education. Our fully trained and certified Guides are passionate about helping your children grow spiritually and academically to meet their full potential. We feel blessed with the opportunity to serve your children and work with your family.
- Tour and Observe the School. Attend a school or admissions event to learn more about The Way of the Shepherd.
- Fill out an Application and submit it with the application fee. Applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled.
- Children will visit the school for an interview and observation with the child’s future Guide in order to assess: general school readiness, readiness for the Montessori educational environment, and appropriate grade level placement. Your child’s visit will be set up with their respective Guide upon completion of the proper forms and payment of application fee.
- Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract will be issued. Enrollment Contracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.
- Families must submit health information forms, emergency cards, and immunization updates before children begin school.
Our mission is to provide a quality Catholic Montessori education for your children while meeting the school’s fiduciary responsibilities and maintaining the financial health of the school. Tuition does not reflect the full cost of educating your child. The Board of Directors at The Way of the Shepherd makes every effort to keep tuition affordable and target additional income from fundraising efforts, annual donations, and outside contributions.
Tuition and Fees 2017-18
|Learning Environment||Application/Re-Enrollment Fee due with Application (non-refundable)||Annual Tuition (paid monthly, quarterly, biannually, or annually)||Program Fee due with Enrollment Contract|
|Children’s House 1/2 Day||$100/child||$4205||$130/child|
|All Day Montessori Ages 3-4 (36 weeks)||$100/child||$7560 ($210/week) (Total includes $4205 morning tuition with $3355 afternoon.)||$130/child|
|Kindergarten and Elementary||$100/child||$5275||$235/child|
*Contracts will also include a family service requirement and a family fundraising commitment.
Multi-Child Discount: 30% for 3rd child; 60% for 4th child and on
Multi-child discount does not apply to the afternoon portion for All Day Montessori.
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The Way of the Shepherd shares morning busing with Anoka Hennepin Independent School District 11. Any child living in District #11 is eligible to bus to The Way of the Shepherd. Generally, children are picked up with the high school bus program, change buses at a central location, and are dropped off at our school gate. Buses pick up between 6:30-7:15 AM and generally arrive at school by 7:40 AM in time for the children to get ready for our 8:00 AM start time. Only children in Kindergarten through grade 6 are eligible to ride the bus. To take advantage of this opportunity, families need to submit a bus registration form.
Because we are committed to a full seven-hour day, we are not able to offer busing after 3:00 PM dismissal. Many families form carpools or arrange for childcare pick after school. The Way of the Shepherd also offers a small and well-managed After Care Program for families in need of childcare until 6:00 PM.
The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School seeks to make its school accessible for all families. For 2016-17, we are offering before and after school care on a contracted basis. The before school program runs from 7:00-7:45 AM on school days. Please note there is no care on non-school days. The after school program runs from 3:00-6:00 PM on school days. Families may sign up for the programs anytime but will be contracted for the rest of the school year.
Before and after school care is only provided for enrolled students at The Way of the Shepherd. In the mornings, a teaching assistant will supervise children. If children have brought a snack or breakfast, they will be welcome to eat it at this time.
WOS after-school care will be planned and supervised by Ms. Ethel Smith, a former Children’s House Guide. Daily, children in after-school care will report to the Lower Elementary classroom after 3:00 PM dismissal. They will enjoy their snack followed by educational and creative arts activities as well as time outdoors (weather permitting).
The Student Parent Handbook is the official policy contract families have with The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori. Each policy is discussed, debated, and ultimately approved by the WOS Board of Directors. It is important that all families be familiar with the policies outlined in the handbook. The Way of the Shepherd is also responsible for following its own policies.
Montessori work is authentic learning, therefore our school supply list reflects the practical and academic skills each child learns throughout the year. Thank you for helping us keep our classrooms fully stocked.