Preschool FAQ

List of 14 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: How old must a student be to enroll?

    A:
    Children should be 2 years, 9 months by September 1 of the academic year for which admission is sought (4 years, 6 months by September 1 for DK).
  • Q: Are you a year round school or do you close for the summer?

    A:
    WNS Preschool runs on the same academic calendar as our K-8 school (late August through mid-June) and will include a summer session as an option. 
  • Q: Do you have a toddler program?

    A:
    Yes (recommended but not required for admission to preschool program). Click here to learn more about the WNS Parent/Toddler Program.
  • Q: When is your application deadline?

    A:
    The deadline for preschool applications for the 2017-18 school year is December 1, 2016. Applications received after December 1, 2016 are considered on a rolling basis as space allows.
  • Q: What schedule options are available?

    A:
    WNS is pleased to offer a full day preschool program, running 5 days per week. Within this schedule, there is flexibility for parents to pick children up early as needed. 
  • Q: What is the cost of attendance?

    A:
    For the 2017-18 school year tuition will be: 
    Hummingbirds: $22,000
    Meadowlarks: $22,000
    Sandpipers (DK): $24,500
  • Q: Are snacks and lunch provided?

    A:
    WNS will provide snacks, and parents are to provide lunch for their child.
  • Q: Is financial aid available?

    A:
    Yes. Limited financial aid is available for qualifying families.  See WNS Admission website for information about financial aid.
  • Q: What are your daily hours (including earliest drop off and latest pick up)?

    A:
    The preschool hours range between 8:30am-3:00pm, depending on level. Optional early and late pick-up is available through our Preschool ACE program
     
    After School Care options:
    WNS offers early and late care through our ACE (After Class Enrichment) Program. Early drop-off begins at 7:30am and late pick-up extends to 6:00pm. Preschoolers will have the option to participate in the ACE program.
  • Q: Mixed age or same age classrooms?

    A:
    Class groupings are based on age with a range of approximately 9 months - 1 year. WNS values the advantages of mixed-age groupings and schedules opportunities daily for children to play and collaborate with older and younger classes for the most diverse experiences.
  • Q: What is your student/teacher ratio?

    A:
    All preschool classrooms will have two full-time teachers, providing a student/teacher ratio of approximately 6:1.
  • Q: Briefly describe how your school handles conflict and conflict resolution.

    A:
    Young children can begin to participate in meaningful and successful conflict resolution with the support of caring adults. Teachers help young children express themselves verbally, model appropriate responses and provide opportunities for children to listen to and care for one another.
     
    In an effort to align social learning approaches and instruction, WNS embarked on the adoption of the Responsive Classroom approach to social-emotional teaching and learning. The approach has a number of facets that support children in the development of social skills and conflict resolution. 
     
    Several aspects of the program are key. First, the daily Morning Meeting begins the day for each class. During this meeting all children are greeted by name, a sharing activity helps them get to know one another, and a game helps them have fun together at the beginning of their school day. The RC approach also has clear methods on setting goals, or "hopes and dreams," for the year and for co-creating and observing classroom rules that help students achieve those goals. Our faculty is also trained to understand the cognitive building blocks of social learning and differentiate social learning to support each child's growth in this area.
  • Q: What else should we know about your school?

    A:
    WNS is a Preschool-8th grade private independent school that embraces a constructivist, child-centered approach. We incorporate a growth and maker mindset into our entire program while providing a very strong core academic program along with visual and performing arts, Spanish instruction (beginning in preschool), and integration of technology-based tools and strategies. Admission to the WNS Preschool is an entry point for our entire K-8 program.