The Earth Tortoise School

  A Montessori Community for Infants and Toddlers

The Enrollment Process

We would like to thank you for your interest in our school and we hope that we can meet your family's needs.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact us for a Parent Handbook and to set up a meeting to visit the school. Feel free to contact us either via phone at (503) 257-4783 or via email at [email protected] to schedule a convenient time to meet. We can discuss availability  and start dates at this time.
After our meeting, if you are interested in enrolling, please complete the Enrollment Forms included with the Parent Handbook and return them to:
     The Earth Tortoise School
     221 NE 117th Ave.
     Portland, OR 97220
To secure your space, please include the last month's tuition with your Enrollment Forms. Checks can be paid out to "The Earth Tortoise School". If you would like to make payments towards the last month's tuition, individual arrangements can be made. Any prepaid tuition is non-refundable so after securing your space with the Enrollment Forms and last month's tuition, should you decide that you do not need care at The Earth Tortoise School, this prepaid tuition shall be forfeited. First month's tuition will be due on your child's first day of school.
If the program is full, it can be difficult to predict the timing of upcoming spaces as these would depend on a family dis-enrolling or a child graduating to a preschool program. We will make every effort to give you an estimated timeline of availability. If you are interested in either the next available space or a space at a specified date in the future, you may pre-enroll by turning in the Enrollment Paperwork along with half of the last month's tuition specific to the schedule you are interested in. This deposit is non-refundable as The Earth Tortoise School does not carry an arbitrary wait list but instead pre-enrollment secures you the next space to become available. Once a specific enrollment date can be guaranteed, the remainder of the last month's tuition will be due. First month's tuition will be due on your child's first day of school.
When your family's situation changes and you need to dis-enroll, please give us a 60 day notice by the 1st of the month. The last month's tuition prepaid at the time of enrollment will then be applied to your child's last month at The Earth Tortoise School. Any pre-paid tuition is non-refundable.
We want to make your child and your whole family feel comfortable and welcome at their new school. We will set up a time for your family to come visit prior to your child's first day of school and give you a thorough orientation. At this visit, we will talk about helping your child ease into their new environment, talk about the supplies you will need, and answer any of your questions.
We are open and happy to visit your child in your home. Often this helps a child feel secure in their new relationship and gives us many insights into their personality. We, of course, leave this option up to you as you know your family's needs best.
If you have any questions, please contact us any time.