The Admissions Process
Submitting an application is easy! If you haven’t already done so already, first submit an interest form on through our Admissions page. Once you’ve done this, you will be contacted by either Sunny or Lyndall in Admissions – from that point, you will be given the chance to schedule a tour, or submit an application directly from the confirmation email which was sent after submission of the interest form.
After you have submitted an application, you will hear from the admissions team to acknowledge receipt of your application and answer any questions. Your child’s application is then placed in a “wait pool”.
It is important that you periodically confirm continued interest in the school. You can of course contact admissions staff to inform them on any changes or your continued interest. In addition to this, while your child is in the wait pool, we will send you periodic emails to confirm both your continued interest and your desired start date. It is important that you take a moment to respond to these emails since this is how we know of your continued interest and desired start date. Please understand that if we don’t hear from you, the application is placed in inactive status.
It is not uncommon for applying parents to desire a change in their child's start date. If this happens before you have accepted an offer, please send an email to Admissions with the revised date.
If the planned start date for your child changes after you have signed a tuition agreement and paid the perpetual security deposit, please contact the Admissions Coordinator immediately. Should you decide to change or withdraw the start date of your child, we will make our best effort to accommodate your request. Please understand that we rely on your commitment and therefore if the space is forfeited that the deposit is non-refundable.
Absolutely! However, we encourage you to only accept an offer at a campus where you are willing to stay for the duration because sometimes these requests cannot be fulfilled, or cannot be fulfilled in a timeframe that meets parent expectations. If you wish to be considered for a transfer, then once enrolled, you will find these forms - along with many others - on our Parent Portal.
Our goal in admissions is to identify families whose children will thrive in the Montessori environment, and whose expectations match with the Suzuki program. In general, families in our “wait pool” are accepted to the Suzuki School based on a match of certain considerations including: requested and available start dates, desired campus, birth dates, sibling status, expression of continued interest, application date, and a determination by the school of how the family will fit with the school philosophy.
To help with this process, new families are scheduled for an interview, and in addition, older children are generally required to come in for an observation in order to confirm that there is a good fit.
When considering families to which we extend offers, the Suzuki School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies and/or admissions policies.
During the primary enrollment periods and throughout the year, we will contact you when there are projected spaces available. Most of the parent interviews are conducted in January and February (for June enrollment), and in March and April (for August enrollment). The parent interview is an opportunity for our two families to meet. We will ask you questions so that we may get to know your family better, as well as give you the opportunity to ask any questions you might have of us. We have found that the parent interviews are an excellent time for you to get your additional questions answered about the school, and to meet the campus leadership. Please note that an interview does not guarantee acceptance.
If you have a child coming from another school, or if you have a child of Pre-Primary age or older, we generally schedule a classroom observation to help assess whether a Montessori environment is a good fit for your child.
Once parent interviews and the classroom observation (if needed) are completed, the school and parents both feel that there is a good fit, and there is a space available, Suzuki will extend an offer. Offers are generally extended 2 to 4 months ahead of a session. When extended an offer, a family will receive an emailed offer letter with a specified start date. To secure the placement of your child, it is important that the family submit a signed Tuition Agreement and the security deposit by the specified due date. Sibling offers are extended first as current families have priority over the wait-list.
An application remains active for up to 18 months from the date it is submitted. In addition, if an offer is declined, your child can be placed on the waitlist one more time within the 18-month period before the application is no longer considered active.
The two primary enrollment periods are the beginning of June and the beginning of August. We also accept a limited number of children at the beginning of January. During the remainder of the school year, though rare, a few spaces may become available through attrition, and when this occurs, we extend offers at the time based on the acceptance considerations.
Once enrollment has been confirmed for your child, you will need to complete online Authorization Packet. Please help prepare for your child by submitting this several weeks before the start of the child’s first day of attendance.
We will also schedule a New Parent Orientation and ask that both parents to attend to become more familiar with important policies at the school. At this time, you will get to meet other members of the leadership team.
You will also be invited to attend a Teacher "Meet and Greet" before the start of the summer and school year sessions.
We offer only a full time, full day program because we find that it provides the best learning experience for your child, and the other children in the school community. In the past, we offered part-time program on a limited basis, but discontinued them a few years ago because we found that when children attend part time in a program with mostly full time students, the part time students frequently do not fully acclimate, and that had a negative effect on the learning environment for both the part-time and the full-time students.
The Suzuki School is a year-round program. It encourages, and plans for, year-round attendance.
Please review the calendar for school closures when considering enrollment, as our closure days are more in number and frequency than traditional day cares, however, less than public and private schools. School closures are scheduled to allow our wonderful faculty to replenish, as we operate the school with accomplished educators and not daycare workers. During certain closures we do provide “limited care” at designated campuses.
We are open from 7 AM until 6 PM Monday through Friday except during published or emergency closure days.
Parents enroll their children in The Suzuki School for both the quality of the program and for the educational component. To ensure a quality experience for all children, parents are required to drop off their children before 9 AM on a consistent basis. It is highly disruptive for other children (as well as for the child being dropped off) if a child is being frequently dropped off after the morning work block starts. In this situation the school will work with the family to determine if this is the best fit for the needs of the family and the school community.
Tuition includes full-time full-year authentic Montessori program with trained Montessori teachers. The tuition also covers each child receiving classes in our Music, Foreign Language, and "Suzuki Moves" physical education enrichment program taught by specialized teachers. Our chefs provide breakfast, a hot and nutritious lunch, and afternoon snacks. Parent education "lunch and learns" and private and public school graduation support are also included in the tuition. Tuition also covers in-house field trips, such as performances by the Center for Puppetry Arts, Zoo Atlanta, and other cultural experiences.
There are two tuition rates, one for the infants (Levels One and Two), and another for the Pre-Primary, and Primary programs. We also offer a multiple child discount for one or more siblings enrolled during the same school year. The youngest sibling pays the full tuition rate; the next youngest child’s tuition is discounted at ten percent (10%). If you are interested in learning more about the tuition rates please contact our Admissions Department at: (404) 841-3939.
Families may submit a temporary withdrawal request for a minimum of one month to a maximum of two months by paying one half the tuition rate for this period to keep their child enrolled. For permanent withdrawals, a separate online form will be needed. Both temporary and permanent withdrawals require a minimum of 60 days’ notice. Please note that we do not make any exceptions to this notice requirement.