Enrollment

Each of our classrooms has a set maximum enrollment determined by the licensing guidelines for the particular age group and room size. Escuela Viva is a year round program, with a September start for most children new to our program. Occasional mid-year openings are filled as they become available. Changes in attendance during the academic year can only be made on a space available basis.

We are always accepting wait-list applications.  January through April we focus on filling all of our classrooms for the coming fall, though anyone is welcome to join the wait-list at any time on the off chance we have a mid-year opening. It is never too soon to get on the waitlist and once you have paid the $50, your waitlist application is good until your child is placed, ages out or you asked to be removed.

 

THE ADMISSION PROCESS

Visit our calendar page to select an Open Tour date.

Open Tours give you and your family an opportunity to visit the school, hear more about our program and ask questions. We HIGHLY encourage that you attend a tour as one of your first steps to the enrollment process (See more about about tours below).

Complete a wait-list application, click on “Get Started” button and you will be able to complete the application online. 

Pay online when creating application or send a $50 processing fee (non-refundable) per wait-list application to:

Escuela Viva
Wait-list Application
1111 SE Pine St
Portland Oregon 97214

Once you have completed your wait-list application and we have received your wait-list processing fee you can expect the following:

  • An auto-response email will be sent to you from our waitlist program once your wait-list application fee is received (please check your spam or other folders for this email and contact us if not found).
  • Once we have an available spot for your child you will receive an email/phone call.
  • If you are decided on reserving the spot for your child, we will ask for a non-refundable last month’s deposit.
  • Once the deposit is turned in, we will send you a Welcome email with information about playdates (2, 2-hour long visits with a parent/guardian), start date and your child’s schedule.

Spots are reserved on a first come first serve basis with a deposit of one months tuition. The deposit goes towards your last month with Escuela Viva when proper notice is given (2 months advance notice). 

Look at our calendar page to see when our next open tour is scheduled. You can also visit our parent page for more information on policy and practices in our parent handbook. Enrollment paperwork is also found there.

 

OPEN TOUR INFORMATION

Please let us know if you will be attending: director@escuela-viva.com. When you email that you will be attending please leave your name and contact information in the unlikely event that we need to reschedule the tour.

Attending an open tour without your child is truly in your child’s best interest. Your child will want to freely explore and you will want to listen and ask questions. Children require more supervision than you will be able to give during an open house (and be able to walk away with the information you seek). It is also important that open tour attendees to honor the current classroom communities, their materials and any work they may have in progress and this can be difficult to manage with curious children in tow. 

Open Tours are a great way to learn more about our program. We do not typically offer individual tours to families as this can be a disruption for our current children and their classroom experience.

Any questions can be directed to the Administrative Team:
admin@escuela-viva.com or the Director at director@escuela-viva.com

Open Tours are held regularly (see Calendar).
On-line wait-list form (click here).

 

TUITION

New student tuition

Development is a very dynamic process. A child comes into the world fully equipped to learn all that they will learn in their life-time. Providing a loving and nurturing environment that takes into account all of their needs is also a dynamic process. Caregivers must be attuned to the ever-changing needs of the children in their care. The quality of the care your child will receive is dependent upon this! Our tuition rates are based upon the staffing required to provide the highest quality of care throughout your child’s tenure at Escuela Viva. Our classrooms have lower ratios of teachers to students, that is reflected in the tuition rates. We are also proud to say that we are a QRIS STAR 5 Program! Click here to find out more about what that means.

As we are an early childhood program providing the highest of quality care designed to support your child’s development, staff require regular planning time as well as time to plan their own vacations. Our center is closed 3 weeks out of the year, with a handful of teacher planning days (in-service days), 4 days for parent teacher conferences and holiday closures. These closures allow teachers the necessary time to plan vacations and planning/preparation days while creating the least amount of staffing disruptions. We are sensitive to parents need for child care, as such we will have created a forum on our blog so that parents can plan child-care swaps during these closures.

  • All tuition is based on a 49 week school year.
  • All tuition is due in equal amounts regardless of your child’s attendance.

For Tuition Rates 2015-2016 school year (click here)
For Tuition Rates for 2016-2017 school year (click here)
For Tuition Rates for 2017-2018 school year (click here)
*new rates go into effect in July for new families and September for continuing families.

Please note: Tuition is calculated into 12 equal amounts taking into account our closures.

Living Wages Campaign: Over the next 3 years, we will be increasing staff wages, with the goal of $15.00 an hour as our minimum wage. In order to reach our goal we will be raising tuition over the next three years. Traditionally we have raised tuition 5% a year to cover cost of living raises, rises in rent, etc. Beginning 2015-2016 we will be raising tuition 8% annually over a three year period to achieve this very necessary goal of providing living wages to our staff. In turn, we will be raising salaries accordingly, by 1/3 until January 2018.

Our tuition has traditionally been lower than the rates found at schools offering a comparable level of education, quality care, food and nutrition, awareness and environment. We have found that these three years of increases will put our tuition rates at a level comparable to similar preschools in the Portland area. For more information on our living wages campaign, please read the Living Wages Blog Post.

Schedules

Option 1: Monday thur Friday

Option 2: Tuesday & Thursday

Option 3: Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Half days (8am-12:30pm)

Full days (8am-5pm)

 

We do offer limited 7:30am – 4:30pm or 8:30am – 5:30pm check-in / check-out times. Please inquire with someone from the administrative team about availability of these two alternative schedules.

There are occasions when we are able to accommodate schedules that deviate from our regular schedules ONLY when another family’s irregular schedule allows us to fill a full regular schedule of Monday-Friday. In the event that we are able to accommodate such an irregular schedule BOTH families are committing to one full year, September-September or Summer-Summer. Once granted an irregular schedule there is NO guarantee that this irregular schedule will be accommodated from year to year. As always, we work very hard to meet the needs of families, when at all possible.

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