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What are the ages of students in the program?
What is the enrollment process?
What are our hours?
What are our scheduling requirements?
What are the rates of the program?
I want to send my child to your school but can not afford it.  Does the school offer scholarships or tuition breaks?
Are meals served during the day?
Is the school open all year long?
What is the parent’s expected role in the school?
What is Montessori?
What is a typical day at Sourdough like?

What is our curriculum like?

BoyWhat are the ages of students in the program?
Generally we accept three to six year olds.  Children under three are permitted into the program if they are developmentally ready, but all our students must be potty trained before starting.  For our older students we offer a dedicated kindergarten program.

What is the enrollment process?
Enrollment is simple.  Provided there is space in the program, (we do fill up so enroll early if possible), and the child is developmentally ready for our program, children can start any time during the year.   Generally, a tour of the school by the parent (without the child) is followed by a visit with the child so all can assess the fit of the child and the school.


What are our hours?
Our hours of care are 7:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 12 months a year.  We are closed for most major holidays and seasonal breaks, (consistent with the Bozeman Public Schools) and closed for approximately two weeks at the end of August. 

What are our scheduling requirements?
Scheduling is simple.  Consistent with our overall desire to do our best to meet the needs of our families, parents may craft whatever schedule they desire for their child.  However, in the interest of ensuring the effectiveness of our program, we do ask for a minimum of three half days or two full days per week.

What are the rates of the program?
Click here to see our rates.

I want to send my child to your school but can not afford it.  Does the school offer scholarships or tuition breaks?
We want all kids to be able to benefit from the wonders of Sourdough.  That is why scholarships are offered on a needs basis through the Kathryn Leibrock-Josephs Memorial fund.  Trades for goods or services in exchange for tuition are also encouraged. 

Are meals served during the day?
Nutritious snacks are offered all day long to the children and provided by the school.  Parents are expected to pack a lunch for their children for the day.  To encourage our children to eat well, and as a convenience to our parents, we provide for “warm-ups” of microwaveable lunch items, (such as soups and other entrees).

Is the school open all year long?
Yes, Sourdough Montessori is open all year long.  During the academic year, (late August through early June) the school generally follows the same calendar of operation as the Bozeman Public Schools. A Summer program is offered during the summer months, when we do close in late August for approximately two weeks.

Links to Other FAQs
What is the parent’s expected role in the school?
Learn about Our Parents.

What is Montessori?
please see link to a brief explanation of the philosophy of Montessori education as presented by the American Montessori Society.

What is a typical day at Sourdough like?
A Typical Day at Sourdough.

What is our curriculum like?
See our General Program Information.

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