We are a year-round preschool that ‘begins’ in September and goes through the middle of August, with new students joining us every Fall. Children are encouraged to attend all year to take advantage of our inclusive, dynamic program. We are one of the most well-established preschools in Seattle and one of the few all-day programs that offers excellent Montessori education from dawn to dusk.

We encourage you to learn about Montessori philosophy before applying to our school, so that you have an understanding of 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 you can reap the benefits of the multi-age grouping and longitudinal curriculum that we provide.

Applications will be accepted from November 1, 2019 through February 7, 2020 for the 2020-21 school year.  Please know that we do not process applications on a first-come basis, and we do not place families on a wait list if they have not visited our program and met with us. We believe that it is very helpful for you to visit our school and get to know us before applying.

Please include an application fee of $50 with your paperwork when you deliver it to us. Your application fee is waived if you are also applying for financial aid or qualify for City or State subsidy programs.

As far as age requirements go, students must be at least 2 years and 6 months of age in the month that they begin school with us. We will give preference to children who are toilet trained, and we can talk with you more about that when you come meet us. We typically do not enroll students older than 4 years 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. Before applying for The Learning Tree’s scholarship program 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 tuition for eligible families. We ask that you turn in your financial aid information by our application deadline (February 7, 2020). All requests for aid from The Learning Tree’s scholarship fund must be accompanied by a copy of the previous year’s Internal Revenue Service 1040 form that was filed, and all related schedules.

You are invited to submit an application at any time after November 1, but there are steps that you need to take before it is considered complete.

We ask that you sign up for a tour, for adults only, so that you can come and see our school. We will have the tour schedule ready to go by the last week in October 2019. Call us at 206-324-4788 to sign up for one. They are typically held on Fridays beginning in November through January, 2020. A tour gives you 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 the school works and what we hope to achieve together.

We also encourage you to attend an open house, for adults only. This coming admission cycle we will have one on November 23, 2019 and another on January 11, 2020. Both are drop-in events, from 10am until noon–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 have chosen to practice their craft at The Learning Tree.

Finally, once you’ve turned in your application, we may contact you to come in for a family interview. These are typically around 20 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) and any extended family you’d like with you so that we can meet them, too.

Application and financial aid application deadline: February 7, 2020.

Tour dates: Friday mornings; please call in October 2019 to schedule.  The last tour is January 31, 2020.

Open House dates: November 23, 2019 and January 11, 2020. 

Commitments from new families will need to include a non-refundable deposit of your first month’s tuition. Families who are eligible for State or City subsidy programs will need to submit the equivalent of 50% of their anticipated co-pay as a deposit.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 206-324-4788 if you have any questions.