How do I enroll?

How Do I Enroll?

How to Pursue Enrollment for Early Spring Session starting Feb 1, 2024

The following information is for parents interested in enrolling their child(ren) for next year’s Early Spring Session starting Feb 1, 2024 after having reviewed our menu links and taken a live, on-campus tour, followed by an optional Q&A session with our Director.

1. Request a digital application for each child you would like to enroll and submit it online (two documents) along with a casual family photo and the $150 application fee payable via Venmo to @barbette-ds for the first child and $100 each for subsequent children. Please give your reason as Community Membership.

Our #1 Priority Application Deadline for our Early Spring Session starting Feb 1, 2024 is November 28, 2023 with subsequent two week application processing by our Director with enrollment status shared with parents on Dec. 14. A second application deadline for remaining Early Spring session openings is Dec. 16 with subsequent application processing and enrollment status shared with parents on Jan. 7.

Our #1 Priority Application Deadline for 2024-25 School year is Feb 1, 2024 with enrollment status shared with parents on Feb 24, 2024. Our second application deadline is March 1, 2024 with enrollment status shared with parents on March 24, 2024. If there are remaining openings we will receive applications with deadlines on the first of succeeding months, i.e., April 1 and May 1 with enrollment status shared with parents by end of each month in which application deadline is met.

  • The application fee is refundable in cases where no opening arises in your child’s age and gender after two years in the waiting pool. However, when an opening arises and the application processing begins, the fee is non-refundable.

NOTE: del Sol does not enroll children via a Wait List common to many preschools where children are accepted according to the date their parents put their name on such a list and from which children are enrolled in sequential order with no regard to enrollment balance in gender, race, and cultural differences. del Sol enrolls via an Application System, in which children and parents and dS Director get to know each other via the many sharings on the application, through the Basic Life Skills form, through verbal conversations with each other and with former teachers, professionals, and via the Child Observation Visit. Both parents and dS evaluate the relationship between home and school as to their mutual compatibility with dS’s educational philosophy of education, and acceptance into dS is scrutinized as to how the individual child will impact the particular cohort and the whole school community.

2. Receive notification that we are beginning the application process (which entire process takes approximately two weeks, depending on the timely cooperation of your child’s current/previous teachers and professional resources). We will first read your application carefully, appreciating the personal info, depth, and details you share with us. Then,

  • We will converse with any previous/current teachers and professional resources to deepen our knowledge of your child’s development and needs. Please contact them to let these professional resources know their subjective/professional observations and experience with your child is a critical component to our application process, and that we would appreciate having a short phone chat with them hearing their perspective on your child’s development, strengths, challenges, interests, uniquenesses, and how they got along in a group setting.
  • We will schedule an observation of your child (aka child observation visit/tour/playdate) in their current local school setting, or in our child-centered outside environment.
  • If we determine at any point during the application process that additional info may be needed, we will request it.
  • If we determine at any point during the application process that dS is not a good match for your child’s development/flourishing, we will relay that to you.

3. Receive notification of your enrollment status.

4. If offered enrollment, you will receive our enrollment contract with tuition and fees due as listed in your contract. (The amount of Tuition & Fees due is explicitly outlined on our web page “Tuition & Fees.”)

5. Receive the required State of California Department of Social Services info and digital forms, complete online as indicated, print out and return hard copies to del Sol according to the date given.

6. The Parent Handbook will follow as well as other relevant news during the ensuing months re: our emergent school life.

Continue to Your Choice of Menu Options:

1. Gallery 1: S.T.E.A.M. Experiences

2. Gallery 2: All Other Domains

3. What Do Parents Say?

4. Tuition & Fees and School Calendar

5. Schedule Your Tour

6. How Do I Enroll?

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