We welcome inquiries from families wishing to learn more about the Saltwater Waldorf School community and/or to apply for the Early Childhood Education or Grades programs at any time during the school year. Our application process ensures your understanding of what Saltwater School offers children and what support is available for families considering becoming part of this unique Courtenay school.
Step 1: Inquiry Submit an online inquiry HERE so that we have some basic information about you and your family.
Step 2: Tour Once we have received your inquiry we will contact you to arrange a tour of the school.
Step 3: Application After you have had a tour of the school, please submit an application HEREalong with a $60 application fee.
Step 4: Meet the Teacher When your application is complete, the admission office will contact you to arrange the next steps in the process.
For Preschool and Kindergarten applicants, a 45 minute meeting will be scheduled. The first 15 minutes will give the teacher a chance to observe your child with other children in the current class. The last 1/2 hour the teacher will sit down for an interview with you and your family. We are seeking families who value our early childhood philosophy and seek a school that will provide a healthy, balanced and nurturing childhood experience.
For Grades applicants, the class teacher witll contact you to set up an interview. This interview will allow the teacher and family to determine the suitability of Waldorf education for your child. The class teacher may ask the child to visit the class as part of the interview process.
Step 5: Acceptance Families will be contacted shortly after Step 4 to learn if they are accepted. Students will begin attending Saltwater Waldorf School as arranged with the class teacher.
Step 6: Registration Once a student is accepted, the School Administrator will arrange a time to meet with your family to fill out registration paperwork and pay tution fees.
Curative Education Information Waldorf education is inherently an integrative education. Saltwater Waldorf School has limited resources for meeting specialized needs. We are willing to meet with families to assess whether we are able to meet the needs of a child with special requirements. Applicants for admission with a diagnosed learning disability and/or a current IEP will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In determining what learners we can serve, we recognize our capabilities and limitations and our wish to meet each student’s needs with integrity.
As part of the Saltwater Waldorf School enrollment conversation, parents are required to share any information from previous assessments. During the course of the admission process, the teacher may recommend further assessment from the Curative Education teacher on staff or an evaluator outside the school. The teachers will decide whether the student’s needs can be met within the range of the school resources and policies. Some students will be able to be successful at the school when they have support provided outside the school. While our approach appears to offer benefits to students with learning challenges (education through multiple modalities and emphasis on art and music), it has been our experience that the children who thrive in our environment are those who enjoy learning, do well in an auditory learning environment, are responsive to artistically rendering what has been presented orally in the lessons, can work independently and in groups, and can accept responsibly.
Few teachers at our school have extensive training in working with children with learning disabilities or emotional or behavioural challenges. Our resources for supporting special needs are limited and that, in turn, limits the range of needs that we can meet and the number of children with special needs we can effectively teach. Saltwater School must ensure that efforts to serve particular students do not impose undue hardship on teachers or detract from other students’ opportunity to learn.
Enrolled students requiring additional academic or social support may be identified in a number of ways including but not limited to: by teachers, the Curative Education teacher, a doctor, or by parents. While teachers may provide extra help on a short-term basis parents may be asked to provide additional support through outside services. A collaborative approach is taken in assisting teachers and parents in finding the additional support needed. At any point in the student’s schooling, if it appears that the student’s needs cannot be met at the school, there will be conversations with the parents over time, with the final decision resting with the school.