Enrollment

The admissions window for the 2018-2019 school year is open, and we welcome your application to The Learning Tree. We are currently full for the 2017-2018 school year.

For prospective families:
We are a year-round program that begins in September and goes through the middle of August, caring for children from 7:30 in the morning until 5:30 in the early evening. We are one of the most established preschools in Seattle and one of the few all-day programs that offers Montessori education from dawn to dusk.
We encourage you to learn about Montessori philosophy before applying to our school so that you have some idea about what we are hoping to achieve during our partnership. We ask that families make at least a two-year commitment to The Learning Tree so that your child can fully benefit from our multi-age grouping and explore the amazing curriculum that we provide.
Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018 for the 2018-19 school year.
Please provide an application fee of $50 with your paperwork when you deliver it to us.
As far as age requirements go, students must be at least 2 years and 6 months of age when they begin school with us. We typically do not enroll students older than 3 years and 9 months of age to ensure that families are able to attend for at least two years, but we do make exceptions when a student has been in a Montessori program prior to applying to The Learning Tree.
We encourage families to apply for financial aid who need it and welcome families from all socioeconomic walks of life. Before applying for financial aid from The Learning Tree we ask families to first find out if they are eligible for either The City of Seattle Childcare Subsidy Program by calling (206) 386-1050 or your local Department of Social and Health Services office (based on the neighborhood you live in). These programs may cover 50% of our tuition if you are eligible. We ask that you turn in your financial aid application by our application deadline (February 1, 2018). All financial aid requests must include a copy of last year’s IRS 1040 and all related schedules that were filed.
You are invited to submit an application at any time, but there are steps that you need to take before it is considered complete.
We ask that you first sign up for an adult-only tour so that you can come and see our school Call us at 206-324-4788 to set one up; they are held on Fridays from November through late January. It is a chance to see a circle time, our fantastic outdoor area, and a classroom in action during the morning work period. We will answer your questions and give you some of the background on how we were founded –in 1979!—and why we love what we do.
If you like what you see and learn on the tour,  you  may continue with the process and attend an Open House, for adults only. This coming year we have one on November 18, 2017, and another on January 27, 2018, both starting at 10am. You don’t need a reservation. This is a great time to meet the teachers and hear more about how the day unfolds. We have an outstanding staff of experienced and skilled early childhood educators—come and hear why they practice their craft at The Learning Tree!
Once you’ve turned in your application, we may contact you to come in for a family interview. These are typically around 30 minutes long and it is an informal opportunity for us to get to know your family a little bit more. We ask that you bring your child(ren) with you so that we can meet them, too.
Application and financial aid application deadline: February 1, 2018, 5:30 pm
Tour dates: Friday mornings; please call to schedule
Open House dates: November 18, 2017 and January 27, 2018 10am-noon
Offers of admission shared: mid-February
Commitments from new families need to include a non-refundable deposit of the first month’s tuition.  Families who are eligible for State or City subsidy programs will need to submit the equivalent of 50% of their current or anticipated co-pay as a deposit.
Please don’t hesitate to call us at 206-324-4788 if you have any questions!
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The Learning Tree does not discriminate by race, sex, sexual orientation, creed or
national origin in either its admission or hiring policies.
We welcome and celebrate diversity!

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