Our locations do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic origin, or religion. They do not administer admission tests as part of enrollment, but they do consider other factors, including the level of parental support, in determining the appropriateness of a particular admission.
Families are urged to arrange to visit a program before applying because application fees are non-refundable, except under certain very specific conditions.
Applications are accepted according to the following priorities:
- Siblings of currently enrolled children
- New applicants from Corporate Sponsors and Members
- Other new applicants
Within each group, applications are prioritized by the date of receipt. Locations reserve the right to adjust the priority based on the needs of children and/or their age distribution. Barring reservations by a child’s physician, unsatisfactory previous experience in child care, or another significant concern, every child is considered eligible for enrollment.
Elementary & Middle School
- Siblings of currently enrolled students
- Children enrolled in an Emerson preschool program
- Children enrolled in Montessori or other individualized kindergarten programs
- Other new applicants
Priority in enrollment is given only in accordance with the timetable listed below. Applications will be accepted throughout the year for openings that occur during the year. Before applying or enrolling, the Statement of Program, Statement of Fees, and Statement of Policies should be read fully.
|Applications Due No Later Than||Notification of Acceptance Made No Later Than||Enrollment Form With Check Due|
|Early Decision||February 28, 2020||March 2, 2020||March 5, 2020|
|Currently Enrolled Priority||—||—||March 20, 2020|
|Emerson Preschool Priority||March 16, 2020||March 17, 2020||March 20, 2020|
|All Other Priority||March 23, 2020||March 25, 2020||March 30, 2020|
|Ongoing||N/A||10 days after receipt of application||3 days after notification|
To ensure priority consideration for the academic year beginning September 1, applications must be submitted by the dates indicated above. The earlier applications are received, the more flexibility applicants will have in arranging mutually convenient dates for interviews and visits that must be completed before students can be accepted.
To apply, a completed application must be submitted to the director with a one-time application fee of $200 for preschool or $250 for elementary and middle school. The fee will be refunded only if the child is not accepted for enrollment within 15 days before or after the date or range of dates specified on the application, or earlier if the date is acceptable to the family. The selected date may be changed once only at any time before enrollment is offered, but the priority will be adjusted to reflect the date of the change.
If enrollment is not offered within the period specified, parents may (1) withdraw the application and receive a refund of the fee, or (2) request enrollment “ASAP,” retaining the original priority date, but forgoing any future refund. Parents have three days following an offer of enrollment to complete and submit an Enrollment Agreement and to pay the last month’s fees as a permanent deposit.
Once a deposit is received, a child is considered enrolled and all policies regarding withdrawal, late penalties, etc., become effective. In addition to the deposit, the first month’s fees must be paid on the first of the month in which the child will begin attending the school or immediately if the month has already begun.
Emerson schools provide a minimum of a nine-hour program that meets the needs of most working parents. It is offered on a five-days-per-week basis only. Unlike other schools that close during holiday periods, Emerson schools maintain year-round contracts with teachers.
The basic fees are based on a standard nine-hour day. Additional half-hour per day increments are available. For preschool, fees are based strictly on chronological age, not on program placement.
The tuition fee includes all charges. No additional fees are charged for school-supplied materials or activities (with the exception of materials development fee for the Chinese immersion program). A younger sibling of a child enrolled in Emerson school receives a 10% discount on the scheduled tuition.
Since all operating costs—salaries, rent, insurance, and so forth—continue during holidays and when children are absent, the centers do not reduce tuition as a result of planned or unplanned absences.