Our goal throughout the applications process is to meet every parent and child in the fullest manner possible. We do this through a student visit/shadow in the classroom and a teacher-parent interview. The number of days scheduled for the student visit/shadow depends on the specific grade and can range between 1 – 3 days. If necessary, our Educational Support Director may also meet with a child to better assess his or her needs. If an application is received during the summer, the process involves only an interview with you and your child.
Kindergarten – Grade 8: Applying by January 15 is strongly recommended.
Please note the age limits for the Early Childhood Education program and the first grade:
Kindergarten: age 3 by May 31
First grade: age 6 by May 31
Grades 9 – 12: Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.
In the High School, a student may shadow for a half-day or full-day before formally applying to the High School. The High School application includes: a Parent Questionnaire, Student Questionnaire, Student Essay, Student Drawing, Math and English Teacher Evaluations, and Transcripts. Please contact the Admissions Department to request a shadow.
STUDENT VISIT AND PARENT/TEACHER INTERVIEW
Early Childhood Education (Kindergarten)
All Kindergarten applications that are received by January 15 are processed between January 15 and mid-February, with decisions announced by the third week of February. Children are met through small playgroups, guided by the teachers, while parents have time to meet personally with our kindergarten teachers in a parent-only interview. The interview is a time to answer your questions, discuss your child’s needs, and further explain Shining Mountain’s philosophy and curriculum.
Applications received after January 15 are processed on a rolling basis at the end of February and throughout the spring.
Grades 1 – 8
Grade 1 applicants are interviewed in early March through a process similar to that of the Kindergarten, described above.
For grades 2 – 8, once the Admissions Office has received a completed application, we will arrange a 1 to 3 day visit/shadow in the classroom for your child. Following the visit/shadow, teacher(s) will meet with the parent(s) for an interview to assess both the school’s ability to meet the needs of your child and your support for our educational approach and curriculum. This is a time to raise questions and ensure a good match between the school and your family.
Students are encouraged to shadow prior to applying to the High School. Once we have received all parts of your application, the Admissions Office will arrange for two faculty members to meet with you and your student. Our goal is to ensure a good match between the needs of each student and the school’s curriculum and educational approach.
The length of time between sending in an application and having a decision from Shining Mountain varies. It depends on the grade to which you are applying, the time of year, and whether or not there is a space in the class. Typically, the process takes two weeks. Upon acceptance, you will then complete an enrollment contract and pay the deposit to hold your child’s space in the class. New students must also submit a waiver or record of immunizations and a report of a physical examination before school begins.