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Frequently asked questions
about admission to The Post Oak School

The admission process usually starts with questions—lots of them. In addition to the answers you’ll find here, we encourage you to contact us and to schedule a visit to The Post Oak School. See also FAQ about the Montessori method and FAQ about Post Oak.

 

 

For current admission status, please see our admission overview. Our admission cycle begins after Labor Day and ends in mid-January: see these important dates. Feel free to contact the school to make an appointment for a tour.


No, we don’t have a waiting list. We generally have a wait pool of applicants for our Young Children's Community. As children move up into the Primary level, spaces become available. Applicants are chosen from that wait pool using factors such as whether the child is a sibling, and age and gender of the applicant.


We will welcome visitors, beginning after Labor Day. Please contact the school to schedule a school tour.


See our tuition page for the most current tuition and fees.


Each of our three Young Children's Communities (14 months to 3 years) has twelve children: : one class is half-day, one extended day until 4 p.m., and one full-day (7 a.m.–6 p.m.). Each of our six Primary classes (3–6 years) has from 25–30 children (leaving room for mid-year move-ups from Young Children's Community). Most Primary children are half-day but we can accommodate up to 35 children in before- and after-care.


This number varies depending upon re-enrollment at the Elementary through High School levels, and how many Young Children's Community students move to Primary during the school year.


For Young Children's Community, the ratio is 1:6 (at least two adults in each class). Primary and Elementary classes have a 1:14 ratio (at least two adults in each class), and the Middle School and High School ratio is 1:8. Each of our classes at all levels has at least two adults in the room.


No. However, we do offer summer school at an additional cost.


No; we only offer a five-day program.


Generally, each morning features a work period of two to three hours after the students arrive. When it is time, they may go outside, eat lunch, and nap if they are younger than 4 years old. The older children continue with about a two-hour work schedule in the afternoon. Call in September for a tour of The Post Oak School and to attend prospective parent classes; you will get a better idea of schedules at that time.


Not in the traditional sense. The Primary level is for children ages 3–6; the last year of Primary serves students of the same age as a traditional kindergarten class.


Enrollment in Young Children's Community only occurs between the ages of 14 months and 2 years. A child must be a confident walker to be ready for the Young Children's Community. This is a critical window of time for a child to enter this community. Enrollment in Primary occurs between the ages of 2½ and 3½.


We hope that it is a good fit, but each child is evaluated individually.


No.


No; however, the Family Handbook includes guidelines for dress code.


In Young Children's Community, teacher tenure ranges from four to thirteen years. In Primary, teachers have been with The Post Oak School from one to fifteen years. In Elementary, Middle School, and High School, teacher tenure ranges from two to twenty-three years.

 

Have your own question about admission to The Post Oak School? Email us, or schedule a visit.