Frequently Asked Questions
Parent tours begin in late September and continue through the first week of January. They begin at 8:30 AM with an orientation by Director of Admissions Rita Franklin, followed by classroom visits. Please allow at least an hour and a half for this parent only event. Tours are a necessary first step to applying to the school.
We are an inclusive community and actively recruit a diversity of learners and a diversity of families. The criteria we use to evaluate applicants includes academic and social readiness for each grade level, philosophical match between the school and families, and willingness on the part of families to support and participate in our community.
We actively recruit a diverse population in terms of ethnicity, income, and family structure, including gay and lesbian parents, single parents, adoptive, and foster parents.
We do accept children with learning differences. In evaluating the possibility of admission, we look at the specific needs of the child and our ability to meet those needs. We have a full time learning specialist on site who works with teachers, students, and families to identify learning needs and strategies to meet these needs. She also helps parents find outside resources if necessary to further support their child’s needs. In addition, our teachers are experienced at working with all types of learners and many are trained through the Schools Attuned program, developed by Dr. Mel Levine.
Synergy’s tuition is one of the lowest of local independent schools. Our policy of maintaining a relatively low tuition while providing a high quality education enables us to attract families from all economic backgrounds. The cost of tuition should not discourage a family from applying to the school. Approximately a third of our students receive some level of financial aid.
We encourage the whole family to attend our December open house and meet the teachers in the classrooms. Once an application has been submitted, families will be invited to schedule a student visit. Hour-long kindergarten play dates occur on two Saturdays in February. K-5 applicants spend part of the day with us while middle school applicants visit for a full day. Each is given a simple reading, writing, and math assessment.
Children who turn 5 before August 31, 2017 can apply for kindergarten. Children who turn 5 in September, October, and November can apply for our young kindergarten program.
The young kindergarten program is a two-year kindergarten experience for children who will turn 5 in September, October and November and for students who would be well served by two years in kindergarten regardless of chronological age. There are six young kindergarteners in a class of 24 with two to three teachers, depending on the schedule. They are fully integrated in the classroom and work at their own developmental levels. Curriculum is on a two-to-three-year rotation.
Your child would still need to be in the two-year kindergarten program. All children, regardless of grade level, work at their own developmental level. This decision is based on our many years of experience with younger children as they pass through the higher grades and on educational research.
Yes, the after school program is open to all students. Children have time for free play, relaxation, homework support, and exploration both inside and on the play yards. A healthy snack is included each day. Students may attend full-time or as few days as needed, even on a drop-in basis. The cost of the program is pro-rated. The program begins at dismissal and ends at 6:00 PM.
Enrichment classes such as yoga, art, Capoeira, tinkering, and coding are available for a separate fee.
Morning care is offered from 7:15 to 8:00 AM. Teachers are in the classrooms beginning at 8:00 AM.
Extended care is offered on most non-federal holidays and in service days.