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REGISTRATION FAQ 2018-01-09T05:28:11+00:00

Registration FAQ

All our classes are currently full.  However, we encourage everyone to complete the online application form to place your child on our wait list, so that we can contact you in case a spot becomes available.
Our school year runs from September to June.  All enrolment is complete by March for the upcoming year, meaning classes are full and we do not usually have space once the year has commenced.  Sometimes circumstances require a family to withdraw during the school year, and if a space becomes available we will contact families on the waitlist.  Therefore, we encourage you to place your child on the waitlist regardless of the time of year.
Our preschool classes have a maximum of 18 children and 3 teachers, resulting in a 1:6 ratio.  Our two-year-old anchor program classes have a maximum 9 children and 2 teachers, resulting in a ratio of at least 1:4.5.
We believe parents should be as informed as possible to choose the right school for their child.  We offer a unique program and our Open House provides an opportunity for prospective families to see our space, meet our teachers and ask questions about the program to ensure it is the right fit.
Yes. Children enrolled in our ANCHOR Program receive priority for the Preschool Program.  Our intention and vision is a three-year program, and therefore ANCHOR enrolment priority is also given to families who intend to complete all three years of our program.  Because our school is unique, we want to make sure that it is a right fit for your family. The ANCHOR Program is a great way to find out if it’s the right match.

Once a family has accepted a spot in the school, the $100 registration fee, September and June tuition fees are non-refundable.  If a family decides to withdraw during the school year, the remaining tuition is refundable if one (1) calendar months’ written notice is given on the first of the month.  If written notice is given later than the first of the month (i.e. February 6th) the following month’s tuition (i.e. March) is forfeited and the remaining months (in this example, April and May) would be refunded. The snack fee, collected in September, is non-refundable.

VCSC is a not-for-profit society. A Board of Directors, consisting of volunteer parents of children currently enrolled at the school, oversees the business affairs of the Society.

Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and caregivers are an integral part of the VCSC Community. We encourage everyone to share their unique skills and interests. From attending field trips, volunteering to help out with errands or little jobs the school needs to get done, our community is stronger with everyone’s involvement. The children recognize the value of their school when they see their families involved.

The Montessori environments are very structured and are often set up in a way that encourages children to work independently. Montessori centers use Montessori materials designed for multisensory, sequential, and self-correcting experiences. These materials facilitate learning and builds from the concrete to the abstract in constructing their knowledge.

Originally called a "Directress", the Montessori teacher functions as designer of the environment, resource person, role model, demonstrator, record keeper, and meticulous observer of each child's behavior and growth.

Montessori teachers observe, carefully record the work and progress of the child. These observations are intended to lead the teacher to understand what lessons or materials to present next.

Reggio focuses on collaborative small-group work. The children are encouraged to dialogue, critique, compare, negotiate, hypothesize, and problem-solve trough mixed-group work.

Reggio Emilia offers a social-constructivist philosophy of education, whereby students construct their own meaning within a social context and environment.
Reggio educators take the time to form relationships with children and have rich conversations with them about things the children are interested in.

Reggio Emilia offers play-based program, which allows the children to explore, identify, negotiate, take risks and create meaning.

One of the greatest benefits of playing is to assist with the development of social competence. Children can build relationships, learn to resolve conflicts, negotiate and regulate their behaviors. In play, children usually have increased feelings of success and optimism as they act as their own agents and make their own choices.
Reggio’s documentation is a way of recording the work and the words of the child. Using everything from pencil and paper to audio and video equipment, Reggio teachers transcribe the words and interpret the work of the child, documenting both academic and social progress. The documentation makes the child’s learning visible.

Reggio documentation is carefully displayed for the community to view.