Admissions & Enrollment Process

I. Tour

After making an initial inquiry to the school interested parents may arrange for a tour by calling Tracy Fernbacher, Director of Admissions at (413)528-4015, ext. 106. Tours are typically conducted in the morning starting at 9:00 a.m. A tour consists of visiting  classes in session, touring art studios and having conversations about our programs and curriculum.  Those parents interested in our early childhood programs may opt to tour just the Early Childhood building. It is possible for children to attend tours but please discuss this with us prior to your visit.

II. Application

We must receive the following before a class visit and/or interview with the class teacher or early childhood teacher will be arranged. This includes:

Nursery/ Kindergarten:

  • Completed application
  • Nonrefundable application fee of $50

Elementary School:

  • Completed application
  • Non refundable application fee of $50
  • Copies of student’s previous reports or grades.
  • Letter of reference for transfer students
  • Signed Transcripts Request form for previous school(s)

Financial aid is made on the basis of need once a child has been accepted.

III. Interview and Visit

For our  Nursery and Kindergarten programs, once all of the above materials has been received and reviewed the class teacher will call the family to arrange for an interview. The teachers will meet both child and parents together in one of our early childhood classrooms.

For grade 1, an assessment and interview will be arranged for student with the class teacher and a separate meeting with the parents and teacher.

For the elementary and middle school, if the child is entering grades 2 – 8, the student will spend two days in the classroom.  At this time, the class teacher will also interview the child.  Following the visit, if the class teacher would like to move forward with the application process, an interview with the parent(s) will be arranged.

IV. Enrollment consideration
  1. Our school’s suitability for his/her age, ability or special educational needs.
  2. Whether the acceptance of the applicant is compatible with the efficient education of the children already placed in the school.
  3. Whether we have the resources to meet his/her needs. Children who are not doing well in other schools may flourish in our school but there are learning and disciplinary problems that are beyond our scope. We aim to have a ‘healthy constellation’ of pupils in each class. In some cases children may be accepted on a trial basis. Initially a new child might need some extra tutorial in certain areas, for example in foreign languages.
  4. Although we especially welcome pupils from other Steiner schools, the normal admission policies still apply.
V. Enrollment

Once the interview and visit (if applicable) has occurred, the family will receive a letter notifying them of their child’s acceptance. At this time they will also receive pertinent forms including:

  • Tuition contract or tuition contract information form
  • School health form and an immunization record or waiver
  • Permission/authorization form

The signed contract or tuition contract information form must be returned within two weeks of receipt along with a $500 non-refundable enrollment deposit to reserve a place in the class. This is applied to the cost of the tuition for the year.  It is refundable for tuition assistance applicants who are unable to attend school because of financial hardship.

For further information contact Tracy Fernbacher, Director of Admissions, 413 528-4015 ext. 106, email: admissions@gbrss.org.