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Registration Information

Registration Information for 2017–2018 School Year


Registration takes place from Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10, 2017

The Westminster College Preschool Lab in the Psychology Program welcomes all children from New Wilmington and the greater surrounding areas. Children who turn three by September 1st may enroll in the two day a week program (T/TH class). Students in the three day a week class (M/W/F class) must be four by September 1st.

Preschool registration takes place from Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.

To obtain further information please contact the Psychology Program secretary at (724) 946-7284 or matunedm@westminster.edu, or continue reading below to register online.

 

Westminster College Preschool Lab


When:
Tuesday & Thursday;
Monday, Wednesday & Friday;
9:00-11:40 a.m., for age 3
9:00-11:40 a.m., for age 4

Where:
Westminster College Campus, Hoyt Science Resources Center

Class Size:
Limit of 14 children for age 3; Limit of 18 children for age 4

Calendar Year:
September–May

What are we?   The Westminster Preschool is a laboratory school setting designed to provide a developmentally appropriate preschool experience to children from the surrounding community. This facility also serves as an active center for child study and research for Westminster College students

Staff:   Our experienced staff includes a director with a Ph.D. in Psychology, a head teacher with a B.A. degree in Elementary Education and certification by the Pennsylvania Board of Academic Schools, and a teacher with B.A. degrees in Elementary and Early Childhood Education. In addition to our permanent staff, there is a trained college aide in each class.

Philosophy:   We foster a creative and nurturing learning environment that encourages a strong sense of self-accomplishment in children. Our curriculum is appropriate for each child’s developmental needs. The Preschool Lab is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC guidelines for developmentally appropriate practice are incorporated into our preschool philosophy.

Tuition:   (two semesters in a school year)
Two days a week
Three days a week
9:00-11:40 a.m.
9:00-11:40 a.m.
$340.00 per semester/$680.00 per year
$440.00 per semester/$880.00 per year

A $20.00 processing fee is required for registration.

 

Registration Policy


I. General Information

Preschool Lab brochures containing general information about our philosophy and activities are sent out by the Psychology office (724-946-7284) on request or see our webpage at http://www.westminster.edu/about/community/preschool/. Also, parents are welcome to call the Preschool Lab (724-946-7174) to make arrangements to observe our program. Please call after noon on weekdays, as school is in session in the mornings. Children who turn three by September 1st enroll in the two-day T/TH class. Students who are four years old by September 1st enroll in the three-day M/W/F class.

II. Registration Dates and Procedures

Registration for the 2017-2018 school year will take place online from Monday, February 6 to Friday, February 10, 2017. The registration form will not be active prior to that time. Families may register at any time during those dates. A button/icon with the words “Register Online for 2017–2018” will be made active at the bottom of the page. Families simply click on the icon, and it will take you to the registration form. A $20 processing fee via credit card will be required at the time of registration. You will receive an email notifying you that your information was received. Families who register this week have the first priority for spaces in the Preschool. Those families who register after this week will be automatically placed on our waiting list.

Your child’s enrollment status will be emailed to you by the end of March 2017. We know you will be anxious to learn if your child has secured a space in our school. We want to let you know as soon as possible but would appreciate your patience in waiting for your letter of confirmation of acceptance, either in the classroom or waiting list status, instead of telephoning the school. However, if you have not heard from us by the end of March, please call Doreen Matune, the psychology program secretary, in the Division of Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences (724-946-7284).

Waiting list access to the registration process for 2017-2018 will remain active until October 31. Information about registration for 2018-2019 will be posted in November.

III. Registration Priority Categories**

  1. Currently enrolled students in the 2016-2017 Westminster College Preschool Lab program.

  2. Siblings of currently enrolled students in the 2016-2017 Westminster College Preschool Lab.

  3. Legacy: Siblings of children who attended the Westminster College Preschool Lab during a previous school year.

  4. Westminster College: Children of faculty, administration and staff.

  5. Open enrollment from the surrounding community.

The Westminster College Preschool Lab is an inclusive school, and our teachers work closely with families to provide a safe, supportive environment for each child. If your child has been identified as showing a developmental delay we will ask you to provide all necessary information regarding your child’s strengths and needs so our staff will be able to plan appropriately. Please note that while we have welcomed children with special needs since our school opened in 1990, there are no special educators on staff. Therefore, at times, other services beyond our program may be necessary.

IV. Registration Selection Process

  1. At the end of registration week all registration forms will be sorted by age, class requested, Priority Category, and gender, and entered into our computer. A random selection process within each Priority Category, beginning with Category #1, will be used to fill available openings. Selection will proceed in order through the respective Priority Categories, (identified on the previous page), moving to a lower priority only after children in a higher Priority Category have been enrolled, if openings exist.

  2. Children not enrolled as a result of the selection process will automatically be placed on the appropriate class Waiting List according to their position or standing (e.g., - First, Fifth, etc.), resulting from the random selection process within each Priority Category. Families placed on a Waiting List will be notified promptly. If a space becomes available, the first person on the Waiting List will be notified. Families may remove their children from the Waiting List by calling the Psychology Office (724-946-7284).

  3. Parents withdrawing their child after the start of the school year are responsible and liable for payment of the full tuition for the semester in which the child is enrolled. If another child is enrolled to fill the vacated space, the tuition will be pro-rated. All children must be in attendance by the second week of each semester.

  4. A $20.00 non-refundable processing fee is required for each preschool child at the time of registration. Only credit card payments are accepted for registration.

The Westminster College Preschool Lab admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, and national or ethnic origin.

V. Class Information and Fee Schedule

Class
3 year-old
4 year-old
Meeting Days
Tuesday/Thursday
Monday/Wednesday/Friday
Time
9:00–11:40 a.m.
9:00–11:40 a.m.
# Children/Class
14
18
Cost
$340/semester*
$440/semester*

*There are two semesters in a preschool year.

The goal of the Westminster College Preschool Lab is to provide a developmentally appropriate learning environment that enables children to freely explore, discover and create. Please note that the curriculum of each class is specifically targeted to the age of the children in the class.

There are two semesters in a school year (September-December and January-May). The fee includes a daily snack and all art supplies and materials. The full tuition is payable the first day of each semester at Doreen Matune’s office (Hoyt 161) in the Division of Cognitive and Quantitative Sciences. If a parent finds this payment schedule difficult to meet, alternatives may be discussed with the Director. Make checks payable to Westminster College Preschool Lab.