• Is Downtown Montessori a public or charter school?

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    Downtown Montessori is a Dallas ISD public school.

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  • What is the selection process for students?

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    Any student can apply to attend Downtown Montessori. Students are selected for enrollment through a randomized lottery. (Apply Now)

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  • Is there an age cutoff for joining the “3” years old pre-K program versus the 4 years old program?

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    Pre-K Students Only 

    A child is eligible for PreK3 if the child is 3-years-old on or by September 1, 2020 and meets one of the eligibility requirements.
    A child who is 4-years-old on or by September 1, 2020 and meets one of the eligibility requirements for PreK4.

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  • How do you qualify for pre K? How do I know if I have to pay tuition for PreK?

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    PreK eligibility requirements: 
    -is educationally disadvantaged (which means a student eligible to participate in the national free or reduced-price lunch program); or
    -is unable to speak and comprehend the English language; or
    -is homeless; or
    -is or ever has been in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services (foster care); or
    -is the child of an active duty member of the armed forces of the United States or is the child of a member of the armed forces of the United States who was injured or killed while serving on active duty; or
    -is the child of a person eligible for the Star of Texas Award as: a peace officer, a firefighter, or an emergency medical first responder

    If your child does not meet those requirements, he/she may qualify for a scholarship or they many enroll in PreK through our tuition-based program. Tuition rate is $5,250 per year ($525 per month for a 10-month payment schedule). Deposits and additional fees may apply. (Tuition Contract English, click here) (Acuerdo de inscripción en Español, (oprime aquí)

    If you have any questions regarding Pre-K registration, please contact 972-925-5550, Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

     

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  • " What is the instructional calendar year for Downtown Montessori?"

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    We follow the Dallas ISD calendar. (Learn More)

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  • What are the school hours?

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    The instructional day for Downtown Montessori is from 7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Drop off will begin at 7:15 a.m.

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  • "Is there before and after school care?"

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    We do not offer before school care, but we offer early drop off at 7:15 a.m.

    Afterschool programs and times may vary. These offerings and schedules will be communicated prior to the start of the school year.

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  • Will there be any extra curricular activities outside of school work?

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    Yes! We are working with several vendors on developing an afterschool program that will be the best for our students and families.

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  • Is there a summer program available?

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    Downtown Montessori will open in August 2020. We will not be offering 2020 summer programming. Programming for Summer 2021 is forthcoming.

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  • Is there a school uniform?

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    A uniform policy will be adopted by the campus for the safety of our students. Uniform purchasing information will be posted on our website as soon as possible.

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  • What safety and security procedures will be in place?

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    • DISD staff will have badges to electronically access all campus elvators, doors, and stairwells.
    • Cameras at entry ways and designated locations will be installed per DISD policy.
    • Escalators are off limits to students.

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  • "What is the process for drop off and pick up?"

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    Drop Off Overview
    • The designated Main Street entrance will open at 7:15 a.m.
    • Staff will escort students from the Main Street carpool and bus line through the designated entrance.
    • Staff members will greet and monitor students in the lobby area.
    • Additional staff will escort students via elevator to the third and fourth floors.

    Pick Up Overview
    • Dismissal time is 3:00 p.m.
    • Bus riders will be dismissed five minutes earlier than carpool riders.
    • Students will be escorted by the teachers out the building and line up at their designated area on the walkway, marked by a cone.
    • Staff will assist with loading students into the buses and cars.
    • Students staying for an afterschool program will not exit the building at 3:00 p.m.


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  • What is the student check in and check out process?

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    Check In
    • Students arriving after 7:55 a.m. should be escorted by their parent/guardian to the 4th floor main entrance and checked in with office staff.

    Check Out
    • Parents wishing to check out their child prior to 2:30 p.m. must sign them out at the 4th floor main entrance.

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  • Is daily attendance mandatory?

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    Yes. The District must submit attendance of its students to the TEA reflecting attendance each day. A student absent for any portion of the day will receive a partial absence. Texas Compulsory attendance law requires students six to 19, students who are younger than six who have been previously enrolled in first grade, and students below the age of six who are voluntarily enrolled in prekindergarten or kindergarten to be enrolled and attend school each day instruction is provided. (Code of Conduct)

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  • Is the multilingual program available to all students?

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    Every child at Downtown Montessori school will be a part of the Multilingual program.

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  • "What languages will students be exposed to within the instructional program?"

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    Our multilingual program will provide all students with instruction in English, Spanish, and French. Students with limited English proficency will receive instruction from state certified bilingual and/or ESL teachers.

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  • How are students evaluated for proficiency?

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    While Montessori evaluation is based on observations, as a public school we will provide regular grades in accordance to the Dalla ISD grading poliy. Expect a progress report at the end of the 3rd week and Report Cards after the end of the 6th week's grading period.

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  • How will the Montessori benefit a student with an advanced level of education?

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    If my child is already at an advanced level of education academically, how will the Montessori benefit her/him?

    Children being able to learn and explore at their own pace is one of the hallmarks of a Montessori education. When a student demonstrates mastery of a skill, his/her teachers will assist the child in moving on to more appropriately challenging work tasks. 

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  • Will homework be given at all grade levels?

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    Teachers may assign homework that is engaging and reinforces classroom learning. In prekindergarten–grade 1, grades from homework assignments may not be recorded in the grade book or used in the calculation of six-week grades. In grades 2–5, grades from homework assignments will be counted only if they improve the student grade average. DISD Policy: EIA(REGULATION)-X

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  • How is state standardized testing implemented in the Montessori environment?

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    Are students prepared and able to take standardized tests?

    All Dallas ISD students take state mandated tests. As Montessorians serving all children in a public school setting we recognize that being able to take a standardized test is a practical life skill for children today. We want this practical life skill to be learned in the same manner that other life skills are learned. First, by allowing the child to construct a deep understanding of concepts through experiences. Then by giving the child opportunities to apply that understanding in real life and testing formats.

     

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  • What type of reports do parents receive about their child's progress? Is there an app?

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    Once a week our campus will send a folder to parents with any campus and District information and updates. Teachers will share their communication platforms and availability with parents before school begins. Using District-approved reporting forms and/or software programs, report cards are issued every six weeks and progress reports will issued by the teacher every three weeks if a student’s performance in any subject is not deemed satisfactory.

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  • What is the parent-teacher conference schedule?

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    Is there a way to speak to teachers outside of this time if morning/evening times are not conducive to conversations?

    There is one scheduled District-wide parent-teacher conference per semester. You may schedule additional meetings and calls with your child's teacher during their planning period, or work with the teacher to make arrangements before or after the instructional day. Communication may also occur via email.

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  • Will the school have a library, or is the library integrated into the Montessori class style?

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    Montessori encourages students' curiosity, and our experienced Media Specialist will help guide your child's choice of books and research in the library. Students will also have access to texts in their classrooms.

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  • Will there be a gym and will they have regular PE time?

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    Yes, our school has a gym and will offer PE classes.

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  • How much time do children spend outdoors? What are indoor activity options?

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    Scheduled 30 minutes recess will take place daily. Outdoor recess will be located at the Main Street Park. When inclement weather occurs, students will have indoor recess in various campus locations.

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  • How much will younger children interact with older children?

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    Montessori classrooms are intentionally multi-grade level. Primary is PK3-Kindergarten. Lower Elementary is 1st-3rd grade and Upper Elementary is 4th-6th grade. Your child will encounter the older children within their class and other classes made up of the same age groups daily. Most of the time interaction with older age groups will be limited to times such as drop off, pick-up, and passing in the halls.

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  • Can students bring a packed lunch? Is there refrigeration available?

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    All students receive meals (breakfast, lunch, snack/supper, summer) at no charge. Your child may bring a packed lunch if you choose. Refrigeration and reheating of student food is not permitted. (Student Handbook)

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  • What is the progression of Montessori instruction from elementary to middle school?

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    Montessori does look a little different as children progress in age, but they will always be using hands on and experiential methods of learning. Dr. Montessori observed that during different times in the child’s development there are sensitive periods for different human tendencies. Children in the PK3-K program will demonstrate a great need for order in the physical environment. A child in elementary will be moving away from needing a high level of order in the physical environment to being sensitive to social justice.

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  • How do Montessori students fare in transitional high school & college environments post Montessori?

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    Montessori prepares children for life beyond high school and college. There is a pleathora of research regarding the long-term positive effects of Montessori and how these positive effects support children throughout their educational pursuits.

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