Policies & Procedures
Please see below for information on our polices. For more-detailed information. please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions.
Admissions are based on availability of space and determination by the staff that a child is ready to benefit from the environment. Prospective parents are asked to observe twice—first without their child, in order to focus on our environment, and then with their child to observe his or her reaction to our environment. Please make an appointment through our website to avoid the disruption caused by too many adults in the classroom.
Children from the Toddler and Primary classes and the siblings of current students are given preference in admissions. Consideration is also given to the age balance of the class. A completed application, accompanied by cash or check for one entire tuition installment, should be submitted to the administrative office. The funds submitted with the application are nonrefundable unless Fountainhead cannot accept your child.
Fountainhead admits students of any race, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, gender expression, disability, national origin, or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational, athletic, and other policies and programs.
Tuition is based on a 216-day school year. It may be paid in a lump sum by the semester or the school year or in 12 installments (each paying for 18 school days). Tuition is billed in advance for the upcoming installment. Any Before and After care is paid after the fact by the month. A late payment fee is charged after the 18th of the month.
You must pay through Automated Clearing House (electronic debit).
In order to reserve a place for the following school year, we ask parents to complete a re-enrollment form and submit the first tuition installment by March 1st of the preceding school year. This prepayment for the following school year will be applied to the next year's Fall tuition and is nonrefundable unless we cannot accommodate your child. After March 1st of each year, we accept new students to fill any vacancies.
In the event you wish to withdraw your child from school, you need to give one month's written notice in advance or pay one month's tuition. Any credit remaining after prorating the tuition and childcare charges will be refunded to you. NO WITHDRAWALS OR REDUCTION IN DAYS WILL BE ACCEPTED AFTER April 1st of each year unless you pay tuition through the end of the school year. There are no refunds for absences such as vacations, sickness, mishaps, or holidays not on Fountainhead's calendar. There are no substitutions for days missed.
State and health forms will be mailed to you upon enrollment. These forms must be completed before your child joins us. An immunization record must be provided on or before the first day of school. Any medication or other special needs must be brought to the attention of the administration prior to enrollment on the school application form.
Snack: Whole wheat pretzels, fresh fruit, vegetables, and 100 percent juice are provided.
Lunch: Please send your child to school with a nutritious lunch—no junk food. Children are not permitted to share their food, and any leftovers will be sent home so you will know what your child has eaten.
Parents meetings are held throughout the year. The meetings will cover Fountainhead's educational concepts, student activities, and ideas to help develop consistent treatment of the children at home and at school. Parents are encouraged to observe the classrooms. In addition, parent-teacher conferences will be held twice a year. (Please check the Fountainhead calendar for exact dates.) You are always encouraged to ask any questions that arise.
The only holidays fully celebrated at Fountainhead are children's birthdays—those being the days that mark their development. Please send pictures from various stages of their lives that we may borrow to discuss their growth. The children may host their own parties by bringing nutritious snacks to prepare and serve. Students may also prepare their own exchanges for other holidays depending on their level of involvement. Major and minor world events and celebrations are discussed in an effort to increase awareness of the range of global observances.
No child will be released to anyone whose name does not appear on the Emergency Card without specific written instructions. Persons picking up the child will be asked to show picture identification.
Fountainhead, Inc., is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination and equal access for all children, including children with disabilities and/or special medical needs, as provided in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, accompanying federal regulations, and applicable California law. If you notify us that your child has a disability and/or special medical need, Fountainhead will, as required by law, make an individual assessment of its ability to accommodate those needs. Fountainhead will provide reasonable accommodations that are consistent with the Montessori method and Fountainhead's policies, practices, and procedures for any special needs of your child.
Fountainhead Montessori School is a California nonprofit corporation and is not affiliated with any religious or political organizations. The Fountainhead Board of Directors is responsible for all policies. These policies are subject to change from time to time without prior notice, at the discretion of the Board of Directors of Fountainhead.
Observe a Class
By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.
Goals of the Classroom
Our classrooms, which we call the prepared environment, will allow your child a great deal of independence within a defined structure.
Choosing the Right Class
Our teachers can offer invaluable guidance. We want your child to be happy and successful at Fountainhead, just as you do.
Is Montessori right for my child?
Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.