Please contact us for any additional questions you may have.
What is the process for enrolling my child?
First, fill our inquiry form HERE, or email our director of admissions at email@example.com . From there, it will be a seamless process to enroll your child in the program.
What is the program start date and can I enroll my child after that date?
The program begins September 14th and parents may enroll after that date permitting there are spots available.
How much homework will my child have?
Homework is meant to provide practice for the new skills that your child is learning through direct instruction. It is necessary to practice to ensure that new learning is stored in long term memory for mastery. It also depends on the child and the type of work. Some children are very anxious about school work and need to build up stamina in order to work independently. All of these concerns will be individualized for each student.
How will my child be assessed?
Your child will be assessed via The Laurel School’s competency-based model, which gauges competencies and mastery, rather than traditional grades. We also assess using standardized and non-standardized measures that allow parents and teachers to be diagnostic and prescriptive in their approaches and to ensure that we are measuring students against their peers as well as themselves to ensure that progress is being made appropriately.
How do I communicate with my child’s home learning teacher?
You can communicate with your child’s teacher via our learning management system, email, Zoom meetings and/or phone.
Will my child be asked to read books?
Yes! Improving and accelerating literacy is one of our main objectives. Depending on the child’s reading abilities they may “read” with their “ears” through audio books. Some children are able to “decode commensurate with their cognitive level, while others may need to work on comprehension skills through direct instruction (vocabulary, complex text language, story structure) as advanced text is read to them..
Will my child have projects?
Yes! We believe in interdisciplinary projects that tie Laurel’s core competencies together.
Will my child have access to a school counselor if needed? Will I have access to the school counselor?
Yes to both, depending on the level of service you choose.
Will I get weekly progress reports and be able to speak or video conference with my child’s teacher?
Will my child have the opportunity to have virtual field trips with her/his teacher?
Yes, depending on the level of services you sign up for. LIVE educational tours and field trips will be used to complement the curriculum.
What does competency-based learning mean?
A cluster of related abilities commitments knowledge and skills that enable a person to act effectively in a job or situation. Competencies specify the how as opposed to the what of performing tasks. These skills and knowledge lead to superior performance.
How are “achievements” measured?
“Achievements” are based on the Benchmarking & Goals that are created at the beginning of the sessions. These “Achievements” coincide with The Laurel School’s core competencies as well as the student’s individual learning needs. A certificate will be issued each time a level is mastered.
Will my child have a portfolio of achievements?
Short Answer, yes. We will help your child assemble a portfolio with sample work that provides evidence of their competencies. Portfolios will include work in various subject areas either concrete or digital samples (ie dictations, photos, movies, etc.)
Can my child join The Laurel School in-person?
Yes! Under the stage three of services, you reserve a spot at The Laurel School if you want your child to participate in the in-person program.
Can my child participate in this program with a few of her/his grade-level friends (AKA a Learning Pod)? Is there a discount if more than one child participates in the same session?
Yes, we have the flexibility to arrange small learning communities upon request. However, since this is a personalized education for each child, that is where a lot of the work lies, not just in the hours of face- time with the teacher, so I would not offer too substantial a discount for small groups vs. 1:1.
Is there a price break for hosting two or more students?
Yes. Pods of students are becoming very popular and we recognize that. We offer price reductions for groups of two or more students as long as they know each other and are in the same grade. We want this to be as personalized as possible, so your child knowing the other students is very important.
Will my child have art classes?
Will I be able to connect with other parents in the program?
Yes! Supporting each other is very important and we encourage our parents to communicate with each other.
Can I refer a family who might be interested? Is there a discount if I do?
Yes, please do! And yes, for every family that is referred and enrolls in the program, you will receive a 10% reduction in tuition.
Can I enroll for half of the year?
Simple answer, no. Unfortunately, we hire teachers on a yearly basis and budget for them to have a full student load of four students. The good news is our teachers only work with four students and your child will receive an exceptional 1:1 education.
My son/ daughter plays a sport that involves intensive training (lacrosse or ice hockey for example), how much flexibility is there in the school schedule?
Generally, classes are offered Monday – Friday in two-hour time blocks. There is flexibility in determining which time block best suits the needs of your child and family.
Can you summarize the advantages of your approach vs. educational alternatives?
Our teachers are experts in understanding evidence-based practices in Orton-Gillinham/ Wilson Reading and other subject areas They are experienced providing diagnostic and prescriptive instruction that accommodates individual differences in students and creating lessons that are multisensory, goal oriented and data driven.
What are the expectations around parental involvement in the educational process?
We ask that you provide a good learning environment including a quite well lit space with all learning tools available.
Is this program accredited?
Yes. The Laurel School of Princeton is accredited by The New Jersey Association of Independent Schools, as well as a member of The National Association of Independent Schools and The International Dyslexia Association.