Both the preschool and K-8 programs run for 12 months. Both have ongoing enrollment during the year. When we have an open spot during the year we invite families from the waitlist.
Preschool program runs from September-August. There are morning, afternoon and full time class options.
The K-8 program is formed like a co-op. (Don't let that term scare you! We have multiple options and levels of parent involvement. Read more on the K-8 program page to see if we are a good fit.) There are four sessions, each are three months long.
Fall session: September-November
Winter session: December-February
Spring session: March-May
Summer session: June-August
Enrollment process for 2023-2024
While we wish we had spaces for every single family interested in Chavitos, the truth is we have limited spaces. Our intention to keep our class sizes small and intimate. Here is our process for enrollment for both preschool and K-8 farm program.
1. In February current families will let us know of their intent to return. This let us know how many available spots we will have for the 2023-2024 school year.
2. In April students on the wait list will be invited to do trial hours at the preschool and trial mornings for K-8.
3. If all involved decide that the trial proved a good fit we will start the enrollment paperwork.
In late spring, we used to host an open house. We've moved away from having a yearly Open House and instead offer monthly tours.
Because of the uniqueness of our program being outdoors in all types of weather, we ask prospective families to try it out.
In early spring we invite families from the waitlist to join us.
Preschoolers are invited for one hour. K-8 students are invited for part of the morning classes on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.
After a quick tour, families leave their children to attend a class independently. During this time, we love to observe the child's transition into the class, engagement with other students, and response to teachers. If that all goes well, and all involved decide it is a good fit, then we will start the enrollment paperwork.
When considering new students, we invite the families that can bring the most diversity to the current classes. This could be a number of things, such as age, gender identity, family dynamics, languages, religion, and race. We strive to have a class that is as diverse as possible.