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Tenacare Country Day School

Admissions

Why Choose Tenacre?

General Admissions FAQ
Q. What are the major admission entry points at Tenacre School?
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Tenacre enrolls students at every grade level.  However, the major entry points are Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 3.  Additional openings at all grade levels are created through possible attrition each year. Tenacre uses a team-teaching model at all grade levels, allowing for at most, a 13:1 student teacher ratio in the homeroom.

Q. Does Tenacre have a Sibling Acceptance policy?
A. Tenacre is a family school that gives preference to applications from current siblings and children of staff (in the Pre-Kindergarten year only), but does not guarantee a place for them. In terms of both readiness and behavior, siblings must meet the same criteria as non-siblings.  Our overall goal is for children to have a successful experience at Tenacre.

Q. Why does Tenacre choose to remain an elementary school?
A. Tenacre is firmly committed to elementary education. While adolescence is an exciting time in a young person’s life, it is also a complex one. We believe that postponing exposure to a middle school environment provides our students ample opportunity to fully develop their individual academic skills and enhance their personal growth in a setting geared specifically towards younger children. As the oldest students at Tenacre, our 6th Graders have the opportunity to take a meaningful leadership role at school, and serve as role models for the younger children.

Q. Does Tenacre offer Financial Aid?
A. Believing strongly that the cost of an independent school education should not be a deterrent to any prospective student or family, Tenacre has a long-standing policy of offering need-based financial aid to eligible applicants. For the 2014-2015 academic year, Tenacre awarded over $790,000 in financial aid to 34 students. You will find more detailed information on our Financial Aid page or by calling our Admission Office. We're happy to answer all of your questions.

Q. What criteria does Tenacre use to evaluate children?
A. Tenacre seeks to enroll students who are eager learners, who exhibit strength, or promise of strength, in a variety of areas. We hope to identify families, not children alone, to whom our philosophy of nurturing and challenging each child every day is as meaningful as it is to our school. Past academic record, social development and prospects for growth are considered in the admission process, as is the overall composition of each class, including gender, age, diversity and skills.

Q. Who will I meet when I come to Tenacre?
A. Your visit will include meetings with the Director of Enrollment Management and, in the case of families with Pre-Kindergarten and/or Kindergarten applicants, the Head of School. Families whose children are applying solely to Grades 1 - 6 will meet with our Head of School on the Admission Days in February. We are pleased to show you our school and have you observe some of our teachers and students in action.

When Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten applicants come for their play groups, parents will have a chance to meet, talk with and ask questions of a current Tenacre parent. Parents of Grades 1 through Grade 6 will have that same opportunity on Admission Days in February.

We feel it is important that both you and your child take the time to get to know us. Taking the time to become familiar with Tenacre is the best way to ensure that there is a good match between our approach to education and your needs and expectations for your child’s education.

Q. Who will my child meet when they visit Tenacre School?
A. Your child will meet different people depending upon the particular grade they are applying for.

Children applying to Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten visit us twice. One visit is with our Learning Specialist, Dr. Karen McDonald, who will do some readiness activities with your child. These visits are generally scheduled for a Wednesday or Thursday morning. The second visit is an informal play-group visit which lasts about an hour. During this visit your child will meet our Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers and other faculty members, participate in individual and group activities and join a circle time for a story.

Applicants to Grades 1 through 6 attend a Saturday Admission Morning on Saturday February 7, 9:00 - 12:00. They will join other applicants to the same grade in a classroom, and work on reading, writing and math activities with a teacher from their current grade, and one from the grade to which they are applying, as well as possibly our Math and Reading Coordinators. They will also attend a small academic class and a P.E. class where they will meet some of our Special Subject teachers.

Q. What if my child is nervous about his/her visits?
A. We recognize that it is not unusual for children to feel uncomfortable in a strange environment. Older children worry about fitting in; younger ones may be reluctant to part from the grown-up who brought them. We want your child’s visit(s) to Tenacre to be fun and informative, whatever their age. Our teachers are experienced at making children feel at home, and want to get to know your child as completely as possible.

If your three or four-year old has trouble separating from you during a visit, we will try to reschedule for another day. Having once visited, your son or daughter may feel more comfortable the next time. On the other hand, they may still need you to get them "started” on an activity. That’s fine.

Q. Do you accept late applications?
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Recognizing that there are many reasons why a family may need to submit an application after January 30th, we do accept late applications. We cannot, however, guarantee that we will have openings beyond our initial round of acceptances and inform families that we will be happy to consider their application if an appropriate space becomes available.

Q. Does Tenacre have a wait list?
A. Yes. When there are more qualified applicants than spaces, a waiting "pool" of acceptable candidates is established for each grade. We do not rank our wait list, but if or when a space becomes available, the admission committee will review all applicant files to find the best fit for the grade, i.e. gender balance, personality, and ability to enhance the group of already enrolled students, etc.
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