How to Enroll

Thank you for your interest in CASCADE Family Learning Services.  Probably the only family learning community in India for open schooling and home schooled children.

We understand enrolling in a new school is a big step for you and your child, which is why we hope to provide all the information you need here in this section. We would appreciate if you can spend some time browsing through our site and about Montessori before applying.

We look forward to a long time association with our families.  A Montessori learning co-operative that requires active participation from parents, unlike regular schools.  We have intakes through the year depending on certain parameters and availability.

Welcome to CFLS

Our enrollment process

PARENTS MUST SEND A WRITE-UP CONTAINING:

1

  1. Name and details of parents with contact numbers.
  2. Name and details of children
  3. Source of information about CASCADE FLS
  4. Whether the website was studied in detail before sending in the
    enquiry
  5. Whether long term association and engagement with CASCADE FLS
    is considered by the family.

 

to cascadefls@gmail.com. A meeting will be scheduled with Mrs. Vidya Shankar.

HOME VISIT

2

As the next step towards admission, the guides team will make a home visit and recommend changes if needed in the home space as well as practices towards habit formation at home.

THE CHILD IS INVITED TO THE ENVIRONMENT

3

If the child is over 6 years, the child will be invited to be in the environment. Provided that the child is showing interest in the environment and the guides observe a quick settling in, we will recommend the next steps to proceed.

If however, the guides observe settling issues, parents will be called in for a discussion to know how to proceed, either with CASCADE FLS or some other education space.

ENVIRONMENT OBSERVATION BY PARENTS

4

If the child is of elementary age, the parents are to observe Casa and Elementary environment for one day each. If the child is of Casa age, the parents would be invited to observe Casa and Elementary environments for two days to a week each depending on the guide’s discretion.

ADMISSION FORM & FEES

5

With over 10 hours of personal interactions with the family, and the child, it would emerge as a successful admission and the admission form is sent to be printed, filled and submitted along with the first installment of fees and the deposit.

STUDY CIRCLES

6

Parents have to buy a set of Montessori books and they can start attending study circles immediately.

CHILD STARTS COMING IN

7

The child starts coming in as per timings arrived upon, with or without the parent.

ORIENTATION SESSION

8

Before or after the child enters the classroom, parents would be invited for an orientation session with Mrs. Vidya Shankar to understand their role, responsibilities, adherence to guidelines, leadership, and organisation expectations.

If, by some chance, the continuation is not possible due to mismatch of expectations within a month the parents are intimated immediately for them to look at other alternatives. Through the academic year, if there is discordance, there is a conflict resolution mechanism that is available and needs to be adhered to, without precipitating the matter with other parents. If it is not resolved, our exit policy will be intimated to the parent.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Children under the age of 2 years and 6 months as on the date of application
  • Children above the age of 2 years and 6 months will be considered on a case by case basis, based on the family’s interests.,after meeting the family and the child.
  • Willingness of parents to volunteer their time for CFLS, bring about changes in their approach towards parenting and in their perception of education, as appropriate, is expected.
  • Siblings must also be enrolled into CASCADE Family Learning Services, unless there is an exceptional instance for consideration.

Admission Schedule

  • Admissions are usually on a case to case basis and through the year.

Note to Parents

  • One parent would need to be willing to invest time in the community as and when the need arises.
  • Parents would be encouraged to do the Montessori training course, or advanced study courses to aid the community.
  • Families should be willing to invest a minimum of 10 hours per month during working days for FLS supportive work.
  • Families of all religions with faith in God and willing to partake in all activities in our centre, of cultural and tradition are welcome to apply.
  • Families of all religions with faith in God and willing to partake in all activities in our centre, of cultural and tradition are welcome to apply.
  • Those pursuing competition-based sports,  games and art forms, please do not apply.

Age for enrollment

INFANT & TODDLER PROGRAM

1½ years as on June 1, 2021.

CASA PROGRAM

2½ years maximum as on June 1, 2021.

ELEMENTARY PROGRAM

6 - 8 years

UPPER ELEMENTARY & ADOLESCENT PROGRAMS

9 - 11 years old