Visiting and The Enrollment Process

After looking around our website, you may be thinking that The Mayapple School would be the perfect fit for your child! We’d love to have you come visit and find out more about the enrollment process. Schedule a Tour . Already been on a tour? The 2021/2022 School Year Application for the upcoming school year is now available. This information was last updated on 1/4/2021.

2020-2021 School Year Waitlist 

Enrollment for the 2020-2021 school year is currently full and runs from August 2020 to June 2021. To be placed on the waitlist for any spots that become available for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, please fill out the Student Application 20202021 but do NOT send in a registration fee.  If a spot becomes available for your child, you will have the opportunity to come and visit The Mayapple School before you decide if you will enroll your child, and your registration fee will be pro-rated according to the time left in the school year. (At this time due to the global pandemic we are not hosting visits for the 2020-2021 waitlist, but only for actual open spots if they become available.)

2021-2022 School Year Enrollment 

Enrollment for the following school year (August 2021 – June 2022) is now available. This year’s “priority deadline” is March 29, 2021. The 2021-2022 school year application can be found here: Student Application 20212022.

During a normal school year, The Mayapple School offers enrollment options for 2,3, 4, or 5 days a week in a our multi-age classroom for 16 children each day. As a response to the global pandemic, this school year we instead have a Tuesday/Thursday class of 12 students and a Monday/Wednesday/Friday class of 12 students, with no mixing of students between groups. We hope that we will have a better idea of what type of enrollment will be possible for next school year a little later this semester.

Visiting for 2021-2022 School Year Enrollment 

During a normal school year, we invite families to choose a date to join a group tour held during the school day, in order to see The Mayapple School in action. To protect our students and visiting families, this year we offer only private tours for you and your family that take place when school is not in session.

To schedule a tour, please fill out this form. A non-refundable fee of $12 helps us partially offset the cost of your tour and helps ensure staff time is used wisely. (Families who choose to enroll that are granted a full or partial tuition scholarship by The Mayapple School will have this fee applied towards their registration and supply fee.)

We encourage families who have children that will be eligible to attend preschool for the 2021/2022 school year to come for a visit before applying to enroll. Parents/guardians, children, and their family members are welcome! The Mayapple School currently operates as a one room school designed for ages 3, 4, and 5. Sometimes, children a little younger show readiness for the program and therefore we may accept some children as young as 2 years 9 months by the start of the school year. Applicants should be  ready for the program, have no special needs that cannot be meet by The Mayapple School, and be self-toileting during the school day.

Enrollment for Future School Years (2022-2023, 2023-2024…) 

If your child does not meet the above age requirements, please delay your visit until the following year, closer to your child’s possible start date so that your visit will be more current when you make your enrollment decision, and to reduce visitors during the global pandemic.

At this time, we prioritize the needs of returning students and their siblings, and because schedule changes are often desired as children get older, new babies are born, etc. we cannot predict years in advance how many openings we will have available. No enrollment list, wait list, or any other promise of enrollment or order of possible enrollment acceptance is being cultivated for future school years.

While Visiting

We are located at 404 Mt. Tabor Rd, Blacksburg VA 24060 in the bottom floor of the Quaker Friends Meetinghouse. Park in any appropriate space in the parking lot. As you walk towards the building, you will notice an asphalt path to the left which leads to the back of the building. Take this path to our outdoor classroom, where either our director Melissa West or our visitor’s guide Jenna Booth will meet you. Or, if your guide has arranged to meet indoors first, enter using the second door at the back of the building (the one with The Mayapple School sign on it), which will take you to our indoor space.

Tours take approximately 40 minutes. Please dress for the weather including walking shoes for wet ground, as most tours are about 30 minutes outside and 10 minutes inside, to help protect the health of our tour guides and visiting families. All visitors age 3 and up should wear a mask that covers mouth and nose. Adults on the tour should maintain a physical distance of 6 feet from the guide whenever possible. During the tour you will have the opportunity to see our indoor and outdoor classrooms, plus our wild area, learn more about our day at The Mayapple School, and ask questions.

Enrollment Decisions: School Year

Enrollment decisions are made without discrimination in regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin; or parental age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status. Please note that at this time The Mayapple School has a limited ability to serve children with special needs and that all such needs must be revealed on student applications before admission. Generally, all applicants for the 2021/2022 school year that are received by the priority deadline, the date of which is TBD, will be considered and children placed in the following order:

  1. Children of employees
  2. Children of currently serving Directors on The Mayapple School board, who have been actively and productively serving for at least three months, and who will continue to serve for such a time so that consecutive time served is at least nine months in total.
  3. Current students and siblings of current students
  4. Former students and siblings of former students
  5. Children of former employees
  6. All other qualified applicants, with the goal of creating a balanced mixed-age classroom with a strong full day enrollment. Additionally, one or more spaces may be saved for scholarship students at the discretion of The Mayapple School Board

You are encouraged to submit your applications by the priority deadline of March 29. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered after all applications received by the priority deadline. All applications for the 2020/2021 school year must include the registration and supply fee to be considered complete; if for any reason we are not able to offer a space for your child, your fee will be returned to you. Access the application here.

Enrollment Procedures: Summer Camp

Enrollment for Summer Camp 2021 will be available late winter/ early spring. We will be expanding our summer camp programs greatly this summer and are very excited to share more soon!

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