Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What would be the start and end time each day? 

A: The Elementary program starts at 8:30am and concludes at 3:00pm. 


Q: Will snacks and/or lunch be provided? 

A: We do not have a full kitchen but are partnered with a local catering company named Food for Thought to provide daily lunch options for an additional cost. Otherwise students are welcome to pack. We'll have a list of allergens to avoid based off of student needs. We will provide a healthy mid-morning snack at school.

Q: Will there be a meet and greet  / visit of location offered prior to signing up? 

A: We would love to schedule one on one meetings with anyone that wants to meet us! Please email to schedule a tour. 


Q: Will the teachers and students be wearing masks? 

A: We believe that if we make responsible choices and take extra precautions in the classroom we can do without the masks. It is important for children to feel comfortable and enjoy school and be able to see us and each other talk, smile, etc. The most important thing will be parents understanding that we will send students home that show any signs of illness (not just a fever). 

Q: How will you deal with bullying?

A: We have a zero tolerance policy for bullying. Our small group environment  and  kindness based curriculum allow for plenty of opportunities to discuss difficult topics such as these. 


Q: Why do you require indoor shoes? 

A: The use of indoor shoes not only helps with sanitation and prevention of bringing in outside germs, but is also a symbolic shift from outdoor activities, behaviors, and expectations to indoor. This assists children to have an easier transition  between home and outdoor time to inside class time.


Q: What should my child wear to school? 

A: We do not require uniforms but just ask that students wear weather appropriate clothing because we will be spending time outside each day, rain or shine.


Q: What is the cancellation policy? 

A: Please notify us a least a month in advance if possible in writing. There is no cancellation fee but we do retain your deposit.  


Q: Can my child transfer into another school if we have to move or if it isn’t working out? 

A:  Yes - you can work with the next school to transfer from a private school into another public or private school. We can provide report cards and portfolios as needed. 


Q: As my child gets older will they still be able to attend Elevate? 

A: As your child grows, Elevate plans to as well, adding a grade level per year up until at least 5th grade.

Q: Do you have a summer program?

A: Yes - please find all the details under "Programs" > "Summer Camps." 


Q: What is Montessori? 

A: Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play. In Montessori classrooms children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the highly trained teacher offer age-appropriate activities to guide the process.


Q: What is Waldorf education? 

A: In Waldorf Education, the learning process is essentially threefold, engaging head, heart, and hands—or thinking, feeling, and doing. This is the basis out of which Waldorf teachers work to nurture and engage each child through a curriculum and methodology that integrates academics, arts, and practical skills.


Q: What is Reggio Emilia?

A:  The aim of the Reggio approach is to teach children how to use these symbolic languages (e.g. painting, sculpting, drama) in everyday life. This approach was developed after World War II by pedagogist Loris Malaguzzi and parents in the villages around Reggio Emilia, Italy.


Q: What is Orton-Gillingham?

A: The Orton-Gillingham Approach is a direct, explicit, multisensory, structured, sequential, diagnostic, and prescriptive way to teach literacy when reading, writing, and spelling does not come easily to individuals, such as those with dyslexia.


Q: What is outdoor education? 

A: Outdoor education provides opportunities to develop positive relationships with the environment, others and ourselves through interaction with the natural world. Outdoor education engages students in practical and active learning experiences in natural environments and settings typically beyond the school classroom.