Do you offer school tours?
Tours are the best way to get to know our school. Please contact us online or call the campus you are considering and we will be happy to set up a tour for you. Tours are available year-round, typically in the mornings (so you can see the children in action), and need to be scheduled in advance, so we can give you the attention you deserve (and so we avoid a dozen people at a time visiting and disrupting the children in their work).
Can I observe your school in action before I decide to enroll my child?
Absolutely: we invite you to come back after your initial tour and spend an hour or longer with us. We ask that you give at least a week’s notice: it is important that we spread out our observers, so that they do not interfere with our classroom operations.
Can my child join LePort mid-year?
Yes, we accept enrollments throughout the year, space permitting, in all of our programs.
Can my child join LePort in 2nd grade, or in 5th grade—that is, in the middle of your program?
Yes, we accept children into all grades, space permitting. However, we do open enrollment for existing students prior to inviting outside families to enroll for an upcoming school year. As many of our classes fill up early, we encourage you to consider LePort from preschool onward to ensure we will have space to accommodate your child. Please contact us, so we can review your individual situation.
How do you assess whether LePort is a good fit for my child?
We generally do not require assessments of children ages four or younger. However, we do encourage you to proactively let us know of any concerns you may have for your child, or any special needs you are aware of, so we can discuss placement options. Older primary children entering late in the 2nd year or directly into the kindergarten year of our primary program (preschool/kindergarten, ages 3–6) are required to come in for a brief assessment, which often consists of some one-on-one time with a teacher, as well as participation in some individual and group classroom activities, usually over the course of 1–3 hours.
For lower elementary (grades 1–3) we similarly conduct an in-class, informal assessment: our classroom teacher will spend time with your child, and will have him work with different Montessori materials and exercises to understand where he fits academically and personally within our multi-age classroom; depending on the school and child, we may invite her to visit for a half day or a full day, too. For upper elementary and middle school (grades 4–8), we conduct a detailed one-on-one assessment, which includes an interview of your child with our Head of School, as well as written assessments. We also request that your child bring in work samples from his current school, and that you submit any past report cards or standardized tests. In this way, we can ensure the right placement for your child, and suggest any supplemental tutoring that may be needed to integrate him smoothly into our school. We also request that your child spend a full orientation day with us, so that your child will feel comfortable on his first day of school.
Do you offer scholarships or financial aid?
LePort Montessori offers a needs-based financial aid program. Any student of any age who meets LePort’s acceptance criteria may apply for financial aid. Aid is based on a number of factors, including family circumstances (such as income, assets, number of children enrolling, and other financial obligations the family faces), and school circumstances (including how much aid has already been distributed to families, as returning families receive preference in financial aid awards, which are reconsidered on a yearly basis). Aid amounts typically range from 5% to 40% of tuition due, depending on what a family can afford. Please click here for more information on our financial aid program, as well as details on how to apply.
Do you enroll international students?
Yes, we do consider international students for enrollment in all programs. The English language requirements for enrollment vary by school, age level, and whether it is an immersion or bilingual program. No specific language skills are required for the youngest students (through about age four); older students’ language skills will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Our schools do not offer specialized English as a Second Language services, and thus can only admit students who can succeed without additional school-provided support. When you inquire with a specific LePort Montessori school, please let them know you are interested in enrolling an international student, and whether you are contacting us from abroad.
If LePort Montessori is able to provide the student with an offer to enroll then we will work with you to complete the materials you need to apply for a student visa, as LePort Montessori is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Support for nonimmigrant student visa is currently only available at our Fountain Valley and Irvine Spectrum schools.