Our early childhood program is designed to meet the needs of the 3-6 year old and accepts children as young as 2 1/2. We are open year-round with closures during major holidays.
As of the 2017-2018 school year, we will require a minimum enrollment of 4 consecutive days per week. The kindergarten meets 5 days per week. The school year is 9 months long, beginning in late August and ending in late May, and consists of a Fall and Spring semester. We follow BVSD for Winter and Spring Breaks only. We do not offer drop-ins or daycare when your child is not scheduled to attend, but families enrolled full time may sign up for childcare during our parent-teacher conferences.
To get the most out of the program, your child should attend 5 days per week. However, we recognize that many parents do not want to send their preschooler to school every day. Offering a 4-day option of consecutive days gives parents some flexibility while allowing us to maintain a stable and consistent learning environment. It also makes it possible for teachers to present new lessons and materials on days when all children are present. The school makes every effort to place new students so that, on any given day, the total number of children in attendance remains consistent and each class is balanced as to age, sex, and Montessori experience.
Half Day—Mornings, 9a-12p, or Afternoons, 1-4p. A typical half day is as follows:
Extended Day—Children attend both a morning and an afternoon class, from 9a to 4p, or they attend the morning class and then nap. Lunch is 12-1230p. For those who do not nap, there is a 20-30 minute rest period following lunch. The afternoons are scheduled much like the mornings, with an opening and closing line time, an uninterrupted work period, and a 30 min outside time.
Full Day—Children follow an extended day schedule, from 9a to 4p, but may be dropped of as early as 730a and picked up as late as 530p.
Kindergarten—Our kindergarten program meets 5 days per week, from 9a to 3p. Children with previous Montessori experience and who are 5 years old by September 30th are eligible. Children who do not meet the age requirement cannot enroll in our kindergarten, but they will continue to be challenged both academically and intellectually.
The Kindergarten year culminates the Montessori early childhood program and provides the older children the opportunity for leadership as well as for continued social growth and development. The first part of the day, from 9a to 12p, is spent in a mixed-age setting that allows the more experienced children to serve as role models for the younger students and to reinforce the skills acquired during the first years of Montessori. The latter part of the day, from 1p to 3p, is spent with their peers, enabling them to engage in a more concentrated period of advanced work and to go on the occasional nature walk or walking field trip to the Louisville Public Library. Kindergartners may attend an extended or a full day if needed.
Before & After School—Before and after school care, from 730-9a and 4-530p, is provided to children in the half day program for an additional fee. During this time, children may play quietly with blocks, look at books, draw pictures, or listen to music. They also may help the teachers set up for class.
DURING THE DAY
Snacks: Snacks—vegetables, fruit, crackers—are offered at various times throughout the day. Children prepare their own snacks, pour a glass of water, and wash their own dishes before moving on to another work. Fairview is peanut and tree-nut free, but if your child’s diet is particularly restrictive, you’ll need to provide a variety of “safe snacks” for your child.
Lunch: Lunch is an extension of the Montessori classroom and is an exercise in grace and courtesy. During this time, children are seated together to eat nutritious, balanced lunches brought from home. Children enrolled in the half day program may choose to enroll "with lunch."
Naps/Rest: A nap or rest period is provided for children who are at school for more than 5 hours. Rest follows lunch and is approximately 20-30 minutes. Nap is roughly 1-230p. Children join the afternoon class as they awake.
Playground: Each 3-hour class goes outside for at least 30 minutes each day, weather permitting.
Tuition for the 9-month academic year is payable in 10 equal installments, the first of which is due August 1. For mid-year entrants, tuition is prorated, and cost per month is equivalent to 1/9 annual tuition. Read the tuition contract thoroughly before signing it in order to understand our payment options and your financial obligations to the school.
Families with more than one child enrolled at the same time will receive a 5% sibling discount on the second child’s tuition.
The 2017 summer program will consist of two 4-week sessions, one in June (6/5-6/30) and the other in July (7/3-7/28). **The 2018 summer program will offer June and July sessions, and also a 2-week session in August.**
Summers are open to current and former students less than 8 years old, and to new students beginning in the fall. While summers at Fairview are less formal, with more outdoor time and special art and cooking projects, all the basic Montessori materials are available to the children.
For current students, the summer program offers the safety and comfort of a familiar environment. For new students, summers are the perfect time to become familiar with the school and teachers and to make new friends. Attending even 1 session is invaluable in easing the transition from home and preparing for the school year.
Application to the summer program is separate from the school year. Spaces are limited, and the program is open only to Fairview students. Summer applications will be posted on the Enrollment Forms page in the Spring.