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tours & observations

Tours of our campus are given regularly. On this introductory tour you will see our beautiful campus, Montessori materials in each classroom, hear more about our educational and developmental philosophy and you'll have a chance to ask questions. Please contact us to schedule a tour.

After your tour, select a time to observe in one or more of our classrooms. See the children "working" with classroom materials and socializing. Watch as they make discoveries and how teachers facilitate this exploration. We hope after your tour and observation time your family will join our College Oak community.

Tours and observations are most successful with adults only. Your child is welcome to visit after your initial tour and observation.

 

how to enroll

Once you have selected College Oak as your child's school, please download the New Student Enrollment Application to complete. We accept new students as space permits and on a first come, first serve basis. We maintain a waiting list and current families often place newborns on the waiting list to ensure a spot in our popular Primary Prep class!

 

money matters

College Oak provides a top quality program with highly qualified and experienced teachers. Tuition rates are based on expenses to operate our non-profit program for the academic year. Please download Tuition Schedule for details.

We accept payment for tuition and other fees by check or credit card.

 

parent guidebook

Download the Parent Guidebook, an excellent reference, for more details about our program, what to send with your child to school, snack suggestions and more.

 

 
 FAQ's


 What is Montessori?
 How does Montessori education differ from "traditional" education?
 How do you discipline children?
 What will my child learn?
 When will my child learn to read?
 What do the children eat for snack?
 When do the children eat snack and who provides snack?
 Do the children eat lunch? How do I know my child is eating?
 What is served for lunch?
 How do the children eat lunch?
 Is lunch included in tuition?
 What happens if my child has food allergies?
 Will my child be able to take a nap?
 Can we enroll our child if he isn't potty trained yet?
 How can I get to know the teachers?
 What is required of parents?
 Are parents required to volunteer time?
 Is College Oak a non-profit?
 When is College Oak Montessori open?
 What sets College Oak apart from other Montessori schools in the area?


 
What is Montessori?
Montessori is a philosophy of development and education of young children, developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. Based on observations of children, Dr. Montessori realized that children learn best through discovery. At College Oak, we implement Dr. Montessori's suggestion to "follow the child", allowing children to follow their innate desires, joyfully learning about the world around them.

How does Montessori education differ from "traditional" education?
Simply put, Montessori is "child based" while traditional education tends to be "teacher based". In a Montessori environment, children follow their own instincts and curiosity to use class materials and learn through a process of exploration and discovery.

How do you discipline children?
Head teachers and assistants model appropriate behavior, set guidelines and communicate clear boundaries for the children to work within. If necessary, staff and teachers will re-direct children.

What will my child learn?
Children at College Oak learn to be self-confident, caring and independent. They learn to trust their own desires to become functional members of our society. Their natural curiosity leads them to explore areas such as geography, art, language, sensorial, practical life and math.

When will my child learn to read?
That depends on your child. Each child enters what Dr. Montessori called "sensitive periods" at different times. When a child enters the "sensitive period" for reading (or other activities), learning comes easily, the child is self-motivated and attentive. If adults try to force activities onto a child before a "sensitive period", learning can be a struggle. Prepared classroom environments at College Oak offer stimulating and exciting materials and children learn to read when they are ready.

What do the children eat for snack?
As with all food at College Oak, our snacks are wholesome and fresh, with no refined sugar. Sample snacks include whole grain crackers and fresh fruit.

When do the children eat snack and who provides snack?
Snacks are offered to the children during morning and afternoon work periods and again at "3 to 6 Club". Snacks served during work times are brought by families who sign up on the "snack calendar" in each class. College Oak provides snacks at "3 to 6 Club" and to classrooms if no one brings snack on a particular day.

Do the children eat lunch? How do I know my child is eating?
The children enjoy sharing lunch time together. It's an opportunity to eat yummy food with their friends. You may wish to check with your child's teacher to find out what (and how much) your child is eating at school. Many parents are surprised by the amount of food their children eat at school!

What is served for lunch?
Lunch is made fresh daily using wholesome ingredients and consists of a main dish, side dish and fresh fruit. Meals include pasta pesto with salad and oranges, pizza with green beans and apples, alphabet soup with wheat rolls and bananas. Sample menus are available in our front office.

How do the children eat lunch?
Children eat buffet style, allowing them to take more of the food they like. Grace and courtesies are encouraged as children eat on china plates, with cloth napkins and placemats.

Is lunch included in tuition?
Yes, lunch is included with our tuition and is an integral part of our program.

What happens if my child has food allergies?
We can usually accommodate common food allergies such as nut and dairy allergies. Please talk with our school administrator or your child's teacher for more information.

Will my child be able to take a nap?
Yes. All Primary Prep children nap after lunch and younger Primary children have the option to join nappers in the Primary Prep classroom.

Can we enroll our child if he isn't potty trained yet?
Children entering our Primary Prep class (2 year olds) do not need to be potty trained. We encourage children entering our Primary Program to be "potty learned", using the toilet with only occasional accidents.

How can I get to know the teachers?
Observations are a great way to see how each teacher works in the classroom. By sitting in a working Montessori classroom, you will see how the teacher prepares the environment and interacts with the children. If you would like to speak with a teacher, you may schedule a short conference before or after school as class time is devoted to the children.

What is required of parents?
Communication between home and school is essential. Parents should check the folder next to their child's sign-in sheet for reminders and information. Also, the large white board in the front office lists upcoming events and check your child's room for information pertaining to class. Parent volunteers are also essential to the success of our school. See Volunteer for more information.

Are parents required to volunteer time?
We request that each family volunteer at least 20 hours per academic year to our school. Parent (and grandparent) volunteers make our school a thriving community. There are numerous opportunities including special events, campus maintenance, classroom support, fundraising and board participation. See Volunteer for more information.

Is College Oak a non-profit?
Yes. College Oak opened in 1987 as a private school run by Rebecca Ault. In 1998, a small group of dedicated parents and teachers helped the school become a non-profit.

When is College Oak Montessori open?
College Oak is open all year from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm. Our academic year runs from the end of August until the beginning of June. We also have a flexible summer program. We are closed for major holidays and for one week in August for campus restoration.

What sets College Oak apart from other Montessori schools in the area?
Our staff, our campus and the families of College Oak set us apart from other schools in the area. Our experienced head teachers have been on campus for many years giving our school stability. Our campus has a huge outdoor play area, which lends a feeling of the country, while being conveniently located in the city of Santa Rosa. Families who bring their children to College Oak are dedicated and caring, offering talents and energy to make our school a thriving community. Recent visitors to our campus have said, "It feels wonderful here".

 
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