Thank you for your interest in the Roots and Branches School! We warmly welcome students and families of all backgrounds. We hope that you will join our founding year as part of our rich and vibrant community of learners and families.
The first step in the admissions process is completing an Interest Form. We invite you to attend an Open House so you and your child(ren) can get to know us, and ask questions to learn what makes our new school so special.
Admissions Timeline Fall 2022 Application opens. Submit the application form and $40 application fee (waived for applicants seeking financial aid.) Ask for a teacher recommendation. You will be contacted for a family interview. January 15, 2023Deadline for applications for the 2023-24 school year. Teacher recommendations are due. February 1, 2023 Application decisions and financial aid will be offered to families. March 10, 2023 Deadline for accepting enrollment.
Rolling applications may be accepted beyond the deadlines depending upon enrollment and availability of financial aid.
Enrollment To accept enrollment, families will be asked to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500 (sliding scale for families with financial need) along with their enrollment packet. We will conduct family visits in August 2023 to build connections, discuss your child's interests and needs, and assess student's development, skills, and areas of growth.
Policy on Starting Elementary School at Age 6 Typically, children who are 5 years old on September 1 are encouraged to join kindergarten, while students who are already 6 are encouraged toward first grade. However, not all children develop in the same ways or need the same things. Because of our mixed-age classes, children are entering at age 6 can join the K/1 class in the fall, then discuss in the spring whether to have a second year in the K/1 class in grade 1 or move to grade 2. Because of the mixed-age grouping and the program philosophy, students will always work on their own levels with learning goals that meet their individual needs.