I have answered several e-mails today (yes, sorry they are late, I took the holidays off). The most common questions so far are listed below with some answers:
1) Tuition - I meant to update this prior to Christmas and our Facebook promotion but sadly I did not. Our anticipated tuition is $6,000 for the year. This includes staffing from 7:30-5:30 (if your child is part of an after-school program, consider if that helps cover some of tuition). It also includes 'extras' like piano, art, any classes taught by staff, basic supplies, and select field trips.
2) Part-Time - We will offer a part-time option. However, your child's schedule will be less flexible and the tuition will not include any field trip fees. We will also need to set specific times/days so that we can have appropriate staffing available. Your child will need to be there all three days for a minimum of five hours.
3) Ages - One of the beautiful things about democratic schools is age mixing. We will have students ages 5-18 on our campus. For our inaugural year though, the oldest students we are accepting is 15. If, however, you have a student who is particularly interested we can arrange an individual interview with that child to assess whether or not they could benefit from a democratic school.
4) Enrollment - The process will be different for the inaugural class. There will be forms and a deposit but no specific interview process. We will ALL be on a trial period here! After the year starts our formal process will take over.
5) Location - We are planning to rent space from First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Worth, Texas. If you don't know much about the UU faith, it is an incredibly inclusive group of people. They embrace diversity as much as the democratic school model embraces the qualities of every student. So, whatever your religion, orientation, gender, or background you are welcome in this space.
6) Inclusiveness - EC Stanton is a secular, private school. We do not teach a faith-based curriculum (or any set curriculum for that matter) but we are welcoming of all faiths. If you are Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, or any type of background, we want you! We also accept all types of students: gifted learners, those of us who are 'bad' at math, and the kiddo who feels like traditional school is the least welcoming place around. We are one school family and will always treat each other as such.
We are actively looking for families to be a part of our inaugural class. If you think that this model is perfect for you or your child, if you just want to know more, if you are curious about how to get involved, send us an e-mail!