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! One of the best ways to find out is to come for a visit! Please read below to find out more about visiting and enrollment.

You may schedule a tour here. Each family’s first group tour is free. It may be possible to schedule additional tours or private tours for a small fee.

Already been on a tour and want to enroll? Print and fill out the Student Application 20192020. The priority deadline for preschool applications is April 15th, 2019.

Who Should Visit

Families who have children that will be eligible to attend summer camp this summer and/ or preschool the 2019/2020 school year should come for a visit. Parents and children are welcome! The Mayapple School currently operates as a one room school designed for ages 3-6. 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– no such exemptions are available for summer camp. If your child does not meet these age requirements, it is recommended that you 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. 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, and many other variables, we cannot predict years in advance how many openings we will have available. Enrollment applications are currently being accepted for the 2019/2020 school year but not beyond. No enrollment list, wait list, or any other promise of enrollment or order of possible enrollment acceptance is being cultivated for the 2020/2021 school year or 2021/2022 school year, or beyond.


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 the second door and come right on in! Once inside, any door on the left will lead to our classroom.

Our guide Mary Claire King will greet you and your family. She will show you around the indoor and outdoor classroom and give you an opportunity to ask questions. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy part of our “circle time.” While Mary Claire will be available for about an hour to answer questions, visitors are also welcome to stay and tag along with us for the rest of our morning should they choose. Children are welcome to join in the classroom life, and teachers will follow children’s lead so as to include yet not overwhelm visitors.


Enrollment Procedures: School Year

Families interested in mid-year enrollment for the remainder of the 2018/2019 school year should email or call Melissa West at (540) 818-6128 directly to inquire.

If you are interested in enrollment for the 2019/2020 school year, or 2019 summer camp, sign-ups for late winter and spring visits are now available. Please click here to schedule a tour.

Enrollment for the 2019/2020 preschool school year will be available for applicants who are ready for the program, have no special needs that cannot be meet by The Mayapple School, and who are fully self-toileting during the school day. Although The Mayapple School is designed for children who are at least three years old, a small number of spaces may be available for children who will turn three during the school year and are at least two years 9 months by the start of the school year, provided that they show developmental readiness for the program and will be enrolled in our half day program. Full day enrollment for children under 3 may be available, though on a trial basis only. 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 very 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 2019/2020 school year that are received by the priority deadline of April 15th, 2019 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. All other qualified applicants, with the goal of creating a balanced mixed-age classroom. Additionally, one or more spaces may be saved for scholarship students at the discretion of The Mayapple School Board.

In the past we have been able to accommodate all eligible applicants who enroll by the priority deadline (this year: April 15, 2019), so you are encouraged to submit your applications by this time. All applications 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: Student Application 20192020.


Enrollment Procedures: Summer Camp

Enrollment for Summer Camp 2019 will be available with online registration starting in late winter 2019. All campers must be fully self-toileting, have no special needs that cannot be meet by The Mayapple School, separate well from parent/guardians, and be at least three years of age or older by the last day of the camp session that they will be attending (no spaces will be available outside of this age range except for children of employees). Registration will be opened first for a brief time to current Mayapple School students, after which registration will be opened to all other qualified applicants on a first come, first-served basis until full. Some spaces may be saved for scholarship campers at the discretion of The Mayapple School Board. The Mayapple School will not use a lottery system for summer camp registration for summer 2019.


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