At all stages in the enrolment process we aim to personalise the process to make it as easy and seamless as possible.
Golden Grove School Character
Golden Grove School is a small private school with two classrooms and a roll of around 50 students.
How many spaces are available?
Typically we offer eight placements at each year level. This is variable depending on sibling enrolments and the number of children graduating or moving our of the area. In situations where a space is available we do accept children transferring from other schools. Enrolments take place throughout the year.
When do you accept children?
As a Montessori school our junior classroom offers a learning environment for children who are between 6 to 9 years of age. In the majority of circumstances children are not enrolled before they turn 6. However since all children develop differently at times we may enrol a child sometime between 5.5 and 6 if they are showing readiness to start before 6.
Our personalied approach with new students starting at different times throughout the year.
When a new student enrols at Golden Grove School, we spend time integrating each child into the Montessori classroom. This process has a variable timeframe for each child. The teacher spends time building a connection with the child and family, as well as allowing the child to become familiar with the classroom materials, to work with classroom mentors and receive support on working independently in a Montessori classroom. Each child settles into the Golden Grove community at their own pace.
What are the benefits from starting the children after 5.5?
The Montessori classroom fosters a child’s independence and ability to work collaboratively with other children. Before bringing them in to this environment we look for certain signs of readiness. Markers might be the readiness to separate freely from their parents, the ability to work with other children on an activity, comprehend instructions, and show an interest in learning for a sustained period of time. In Montessori philosophy, children under five and an half are considered to be in the sensorial stage of play, benefiting more from a space offered by a Montessori preschool.
Where do children go after graduating from Golden Grove School
After graduating from Golden Grove our students transition successfully into a variety of high schools. These include public schools, private schools, integrated schools and Montessori High Schools (Peace Experiment). The criteria we have found that makes these transitions successful is the school meeting the individual learning needs of that child.
How I do you apply?
The completion of the Application Form signifies your commitment to move forward with your application and places your child on our enrolment waiting list. On the school receiving your application you will receive confirmation of this along with an email explaining the next steps in the enrolment procedure for your family. Steps are different for each family depending on the child’s age and space available.
What happens when my child is accepted?
After the application process, Golden Grove School will offer a place to a child based on availability. When your child has been accepted a starting date and formal Place of Offer will be sent to you.
A child’s enrolment is only secure when the formal Place of Offer has been signed and sent to the school along with your enrolment fee and bond payment.