Admissions

Registration for the 2017-18 school year begins in February and is ongoing!

Please call our office at 707-360-3030 for details and to set up a tour. Below, you will find the application, tuition schedule and fees, and important registration dates available for download. BACNS welcomes all preschool aged children and their families in the community, regardless of religious affiliation. Potty training is not required for entry.

Registration for each academic year and summer session begins in February of that year.

Call for information about available spots for the current school year.

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We welcome prospective families, new families, and current families to join us at our Nursery School Open House on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 from 5:30-7 p.m. Walk through our classrooms, speak with teachers and other parents, and look at all of the important work our students have been working on this year. Of course you are welcome to bring your children, family, and friends.

 

Application Process

Registration begins January 30th for returning families and on February 13th for new families. Families wishing to enroll should submit a completed application form and a $100 nonrefundable application fee for each child returning or new to the school. Please contact us to arrange a tour either before or after filling out the application form.

Upon notification of admission or placement, a placement guarantee (non-refundable) of 10% of your annual CORE tuition is due by May 15th (or, if application is submitted after May 16th, within 30 days of application). This fee is applied to tuition.

Summer Registration

Registration for summer begins when fall registration begins, but extends longer. Please get summer applications in by Monday, May 15th.

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Here’s what we’ve added in recent years to keep our high quality program innovative, relevant and accessible:

  1. New: Extended Care Hours for all students (as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 5:30 p.m. daily)
  2. New: Yom Tov Holiday Camps: BACNS celebrates all national holidays and Jewish holidays. Jewish holidays fall on different dates each year, and the preschool is closed on those dates. To accommodate those who need childcare during Jewish holidays, BACNS is offering care on Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah. These camps are indicated on the school calendar.
  3. New: Drop-In Days: Students who are currently enrolled at BACNS may “drop in” on a day when they are not usually scheduled to attend IF we have space on that day. “Drop-in” days must be pre-arranged with the director, are subject to availability, and will be charged at a rate of $45 per day for the CORE school day.
  4. New: 2-5 day options for 2-year-olds: The two’s room is now open 5 days a week!
  5. New: A dynamic Parent Club: Started by parents in 2013-14, this is a way for you to be actively engaged with other parents, teachers and the Director, planning programs, providing feedback and supporting the magic that happens at our preschool.
  6. New: Advisory Committee: Started by the director in 2014-15, and comprised of parents, experts in the field of early childhood education, and community members, the Advisory Committee works with the director on school policy, the parent handbook, etc. Please see the director if you are interested in joining the committee.
  7. New: Scholarships (limited) provided for ALL families in the preschool program, based on financial need, provided by the Jill Tager Scholarship Fund (CBA) and Jewish Community Federation (JCF.) Deadline for application is June 1, 2015. Ask for an application at the BACNS office.

 

“Beth Ami Nursery School is an exceptional preschool that provided our 4-year-old daughter with a nurturing and stimulating environment where she was able to truly express herself.”

Erik

Dad of Nila and Eli

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Priority Registration

In the event of full enrollment, priority in registration will be as follows:

  1. Continuing students (those in current classes)
  2. Siblings of a concurrently enrolled student
  3. Siblings of previously enrolled students
  4. New students whose families are members of ANY synagogue
  5. New students who have at least one Jewish parent
  6. New students

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Age Prerequisite

Although we try to adhere to the local school age guidelines below, we are flexible with ages. Please contact us if you have any questions. To enter the Twos program, a child must turn 2 years old by November 1st or the current school year. A child will be able to begin school after his/her second birthday, so children with autumn birthdays may have to wait a bit before joining their classmates. (In order to reserve a spot in the two’s, tuition discounts are not available for those with fall birthdays). To be enrolled in the Threes program, a child must be three by November 1. To enroll in the Fours program, a child must be four by November 1. (The Director will decide on any exceptions to these guidelines after consultation with staff and parents.)

Student Qualifications

Our goal is to best serve each child and family in the school. It is therefore important that each child is:

  • Ready for the group experiences a nursery school has to offer
  • Able to benefit from the program offered

In following the Americans with Disabilities Act, please discuss your child’s needs with the Director so that we are aware of any special circumstances. Full disclosure before admission is critical in order for us to best meet your child’s needs. Admission may be reversed if the information submitted is found to be inaccurate or incomplete and this results in our inability to provide for your child’s needs.

Class Placement

The staff works thoughtfully and diligently at the complex process of determining placement of the children in each classroom. Multiple criteria are considered in making these decisions which include, but are not limited to: parents’ desired schedule of days, specific parent requests, age and development of each child, the unique individuality of each child, gender balance and returning friend peer groups. We carefully attempt to honor requests; however the final decision is determined by the staff.

Required Information

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A complete and current individual file on each child will be maintained and updated annually at the Nursery School. The file will consist of:

  • Identifying information
  • Child’s social and developmental history
  • Child’s medical history
  • A physician’s pre-admission report, including required immunizations or a waiver signed by the parents and physician, an emergency release form, a general field-trip permission slip, and an Admission Agreement signed by a parent.

This file will also contain three statements signed by a parent indicating that he or she has read this Parent Handbook, the Personal Rights sheet, and the Parents’ Rights sheet. All of these documents must be on file before a child begins school.

Tuition

Tuition may be paid either in full prior to the start of the school year or in 9 equal payments starting August 15 and ending April 15. View the tuition schedule for 2015-16 below:

Extended Day Care

Extended Day Care is available daily for ALL of our students starting at 7:30 a.m. and ending at 5:30 p.m. Extended Care schedules are individualized to fit your family’s needs and are billed separately from tuition on the first of each month for the month prior.

See the Tuition schedule above for fees and scheduling information.

Scholarships

Scholarships may be available and are made possible by the Jill Tager Scholarship Fund and the Jewish Community Federation. Scholarships are open to all families in need.

Scholarship applications are due on July 1 prior to the school year in question. Families who enroll after June 1 or who miss the deadline may submit a scholarship application on a wait-list basis, in case new funds become available.

Download the scholarship application here:

Scholarship Application 2014-15

Beth Ami Community Nursery School is supported by the Jewish Community Federation (JCF) of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, as well as Jewish Learning Works and First Five Sonoma County.

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