Is Atelier Preescolar a year-round school? No. Our school year is 11 months from the second week in August to Mid June. The tuition payments are divided into 11 equal payments. We follow most Austin Independent School District (AISD) schedule for most of the holidays and staff development days. We also offer summer camps.
Are students allowed to enroll at any time of year? Yes, if space is available. Please see the enroll page on our website.
At what age can my child enroll at Atelier Preescolar? You may enroll at any time, however children must be 18 months old to attend the our preschool program.
Can I apply before my baby is born? Yes, you may submit an application for your unborn child. Please visit the Enroll page to download the Waiting List Application form.
Is the day structured or free form? We have a structured schedule. We believe it’s important to expose children to a large variety of activities throughout the day. Also, structured schedule prepares children for Kindergarten. There are plenty of opportunities for the children to play free as well (ex. outside play, free choice).
Do students need to bring a lunch? Yes, please have your child bring a sugar-free and peanut-free lunch. We have a community snack sign-up, too.
Does my child need to be potty trained? For the 3 year old class students should be potty trained or wear pull -ups. We are happy to help them transition at school if parents are willing to work with in the process. Younger students must wear pull ups. Children need to arrive to school with clean pull ups. If potty trained or in the process of potty train parents need to take them to the restroom when they arrive to school.
Will my child be ready for Kindergarten? Yes. Our focus is on social and emotional skills. Students will be expose to literacy, math, science, creative, motor and social skills they need in order to succeed in kindergarten.
What are your hours of operation? Our hours of operation are 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Atelier Preescolar follows must days of AISD calendar.
Do you offer part-time schedules? Yes we do. Visit our enroll page and download the form “Tuition and Rates” to see the different schedules and fees.
How do we get to Atelier Preescolar ? Please click on the map found on our “Contact Us page”.
Who can pick up my child from school? You must give written consent for anyone other than you, the parents, to pick up your child. Please use the Atelier Preescolar Enrollment form to inform us who has permission to pick up your child. Children will only be released to a parent or a person designated by the parent/guardian after verification of ID.
What is your policy on discipline and conflict resolution? We believe in “positive discipline,” which focuses on good behavior rather than bad, and follow the guidelines for developmentally appropriate practices set by the National Association for the Education of Children (NAEYC). While some behaviors are typical for a specific “age and stage,” we recognize that children learn appropriate social behaviors at different rates. With that in mind, we observe and make individual behavior plans when necessary. As children get older, we encourage them to resolve conflicts on their own, building social skills and self- confidence in difficult, emotional situations.
Biting. Biting is a natural developmental stage that many children go through. It is usually a temporary condition that is most common between thirteen and twenty-four months of age. The safety of the children at the center is our primary concern. .
If an occurrence happens more than one time in one day the parent will be called to pick up the biting child. The child may return the following class day. If it is deemed in the best interest of the child, the center, and the other children, the child may be terminated from Center enrollment for the duration of the biting stage. Written warning will be given to the parents before this action will be taken and no refunds will be given.
Do you let the children watch television? No, students do not watch television at Atelier Preescolar.
Is there any English spoken in the class? As a Spanish immersion school, our goal is to fully immerse your child in the language so no English will be spoken except in emergency situations. Children will learn Spanish just as they did their first language, through imitation and visual signals. While learning a second language it is common that students use their primary language to communicate to other students, they will be encourage to use Spanish at school. Communication with parents will be in English.
Is any prior exposure or knowledge of Spanish required? No prior exposure or knowledge of Spanish is required by children or parents, but we do welcome those with prior knowledge of Spanish.
When is tuition due? Tuition is due on the first day of each month. If payment is not received by the 3th of the month day by 1:00 pm, a late fee of $25.00 will be applied to your tuition. Cash, money orders and checks are accepted. There will be a fee for checks returned as uncollectible. We do not accept credit cards. First and last month tuitions are due at time of enrollment and are not refundable.
What happens if I have to withdraw my child before the end of the school year?
If you need to withdraw from the preschool program for any reason during the year, a written statement must be submitted to the school director 30 days prior to your withdrawal date. Failure to do so will require you to pay the following month’s tuition.
August 2017 and June 2018 tuition fees must be paid at the time of enrollment and are non-refundable. Fees are based on an eleven-month school year. Please note enrollment fees are non-refundable or transferable.