Application Procedure

PRESCHOOL

Application to Langley Forest School will place your child in a time-stamped, dated waitlist order. As of December 2016, there is no fee to apply. Application to Langley Forest School does not ensure that your child will be offered registration and enrolment. You will be notified in February if we have space for the upcoming school year at which time you will be provided 7 days to choose to register your child, deny the space offer or remain on the waitlist. A non-refundable registration fee of $50 will be collected at the time of registration confirmation to hold your child’s spot.

We recommend that families and preschoolers attend a Preschool Mock Day so that you and your child are able to see how preschool in the forest looks. This is helpful in preparing you for deciding to register (after being notified of a space opening by the registrar). If you haven’t already done so, you can register for a Mock Day on our website.

STEP 1

Ensure Your Child is Eligible to Apply

Preschool: Children must have their 3rd birthday, at least 3 months prior to their start date for school. Therefore if your child is 3 before June 1 they will be eligible for registration into the same year of preschool beginning Sept 1. If their birthday is after June they will not become eligible to start school in Sept and will have to wait until a spot becomes eligible or they will be automatically moved to the next school year Sept start.

Additionally, a preschooler must be fully toilet trained at least 3 months prior to school start.

A child registering for preschool must be under 5 years of age at the time of registration into the class; they can turn 5 during the year and remain in the school until year end.

STEP 2

Determine which Class you are Applying For

Preschool generally runs for 4 hours from 9:30 – 1:30. You may choose to apply for the two day a week programme. Children will be sorted into either the Mon/Wed class or the Tues/Thursday class. At the time of registration you will be asked which class you would prefer.

Alternatively you may choose to apply for the 4 day a week programme that runs Mon, Tues, Wed, Thur.

If you choose the 4 day programme but there is not enough space to accommodate this, you will be asked if you would like to switch to the 2 day programme.

Final options for classes will be provided at the time of registration.

STEP 3

Apply

Complete the short online application form using this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/Xr8JDd8UVl0jTh6I2

Each completed form will be digitally timestamped. Currently enrolled children and siblings will be placed ahead of new applicants regardless of their application date. You will be contacted within 2 weeks of submitting your application to provide further instruction and to identify that the form was received.

Classes for the upcoming year will be set up in February. You will be notified if your child has been placed in a class at that time. We are unable to identify the position of your child on our waitlist before this due to many circumstances (number of children returning, number of siblings, number of children who may no longer want the space ahead of your child etc.)

STEP 4

Registration Procedure

If your child is placed into a class for the upcoming year, you will be notified in Feb. At that time you will be provided one week (7 days) to respond by accepting, declining or putting your child’s application in a holding pattern.

If you accept the offer to register your child, you will be directed to complete the online registration form. Once completed and to secure your child’s spot in the class, a non-refundable registration fee of $50 will be requested.

If you decline the spot your child will be removed from the waitlist.

If you ask to place your application on hold until a future date, your child will remain on the waitlist in the same position as the original application (date and time).

STEP 5

Once the acceptance has been completed with the registration fee paid, your child will be placed on a pending class list. In order to approve your child’s enrolment into the school, you and your child must attend an Open House at Langley Forest School in April where you and the teachers will discuss the school and your child’s fit with the forest school pedagogy.

STEP 6

Enrollment Procedure

After the Open House, if your child is deemed by the parents and the school to fit with the forest school pedagogy, you will receive a confirmation of enrolment. At that time instructions will be provided for tuition payment beginning June 1. A welcome package of materials will be provided to all class enrollees.

Your child may be enrolled conditionally if there are support measures that must be put into place prior to the first day of school.

On a very rare occasion it may determined by the school that your child cannot be appropriately supported and enrolment may be denied. Langley Forest School is an inclusive school, integration being a hallmark of inclusiveness, however on occasion the unique needs of certain children cannot be met in a forest school setting.

STEP 7

Attend First Day of School! Langley Forest School completes a gradual entry phase in September. At the end of the two week period your teacher will contact you and work closely with parents to determine if forest school is right for your child and if any further gradual entry processes are required.

OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE DAYS

Outdoor Experience Days (OED) are once per week outdoor days providing opportunity for children of early primary age (Kindergarten, Grade 1 and 2) to enhance their regular curriculum with outdoor experiences in Williams Park. These classes are especially are suitable for children being homeschooled. Class sizes are small (10-12) and the leader/adult to child ratio is 2:12.

Children are registered by term. A term is 10 classes. A parent/guardian of each registered child will be required to attend as the adult volunteer, once in each term.

Application to Langley Forest School will place your child in a time-stamped, dated waitlist order. There is no fee to apply to OEDs. Application to Langley Forest School does not ensure that your child will be offered registration and enrolment in the next term.

STEP 1

Ensure Your Child is Eligible to Apply

A child registering for OEDs must be Kindergarten eligible by age and cannot be older than 8. Children must be physically capable of hiking in the forest on uneven and hilly terrain, capable of carrying a backpack with food, water, changes of gear and extra layers, and of an ability level to remain safe in the forest (e.g. respond to commands to stop, stay with the group etc).

STEP 2

Determine which Class you are Applying For

Outdoor Experience days are held by term. Classes will only be held if there is full enrolment for the term.

Term 1 is Sept/Oct/Nov

Term 2 is April/May/June

STEP 3

Apply

Complete the short online application form using this link:

https://goo.gl/forms/afN3YaIm5YsCPflU2

Each completed form will be digitally timestamped. Currently enrolled children and siblings will be placed ahead of new applicants regardless of their application date. You will be contacted within 2 weeks of submitting your application to provide further instruction and to identify that the form was received.

STEP 4

Registration Procedure

If your child is placed into a class for the term, you will be notified to register. At that time you will be provided one week (7 days) to respond by accepting, declining or putting your child’s application in a holding pattern.

If you accept the offer to register your child, you will be directed to complete the online registration form. Once completed and to secure your child’s spot in the class, tuition will be due for the term.

If you decline the spot your child will be removed from the waitlist.

If you ask to place your application on hold until a future date, your child will remain on the waitlist in the same position as the original application (date and time).

On a very rare occasion it may determined by the school that your child cannot be appropriately supported and enrolment may be denied. Langley Forest School is an inclusive school, integration being a hallmark of inclusiveness, however on occasion the unique needs of certain children cannot be met in a forest school setting.