Admissions FAQ

What are the hours of the school day?

The school day begins at 8am for those children enrolled in Early Birds. Half Day programs meet from 9am–12noon and Full Day programs meet from 9am–3pm. Aftercare is available from 3–6pm. Lunch from 12–1pm is available for children enrolled in a Half Day program.

Does Acorn Hill provide meals?

Acorn Hill provides a wholesome, organic mid-morning snack to all children, and another wholesome, organic mid-afternoon snack to children enrolled in Aftercare (3–6pm). Children staying for lunch (12–1pm) bring their own lunch from home.

Does Acorn Hill provide transportation?

Acorn Hill does not provide transportation. Some families arrange carpools and the office can provide lists of families in the same zip code. The Ride On bus, Route 8, stops at the corner of our property at Brunett Avenue and Lycoming St.

Where are you located?

Acorn Hill is located just inside the beltway, west of Colesville Road, off Sligo Creek Parkway.

How many students do you have?

Acorn Hill has over 100 students, with 70 in our nursery and kindergarten classes and 35 infants and toddlers enrolled with their parents in our Birth to 3 parenting classes.

Is Acorn Hill a licensed kindergarten?

Acorn Hill is both a licensed nursery and kindergarten, licensed by the Maryland State Board of Education (MSDE) and an approved child care center, through the Office of Childcare, MSDE. Acorn Hill is also a Full Member of the Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America (WECAN).

What is your average class size?

Most morning groups have up to 16 children, with 2 teachers. Afternoon groups have 10–12 children, with 2 teachers.

What training have your teachers received?

All our lead teachers have completed certification in Waldorf Early Childhood Education and have bachelor’s degrees or equivalents. All teachers take annual continuing education courses in Waldorf education and more.

How do I apply to Acorn Hill?

You may apply online or print out an application from our website, or call our office, 301-565-2282, to receive a hard copy. Once we receive your application, arrangements will be made to attend a 30 minute Admissions Play Group and Parent Orientation event, scheduled in January and February prior to acceptance decisions. For more detailed information, click Application Process or call our school office directly.

Is there a deadline for applying?

Applications are accepted in the fall of the year prior to entry. The deadline to apply is January 16 for first-consideration acceptances.

What if I miss the application deadline?

Applications received after January 16 are processed on a rolling basis, with admissions decisions made as openings are available.

When can I expect to hear about the admissions decision?

Admissions decisions are sent out in early March. Financial aid decisions are sent out at the same time, early March.

Is there financial aid?

Acorn Hill offers financial aid on a limited basis. Applications are available on Financial Aid & Grants, or call the school office, 301-565-2282, for more information and to receive a hard copy. Tuition assistance and grant applications are due February 1.

How do I schedule a visit?

Click here to register online for our school Tours and Mini Mornings. Attending a Tour (adults only) is an ideal way to see our school first-hard and to visit several classrooms. Our Saturday Mini Mornings are popular events, with teachers, parents and board members available to answer questions. Children are welcome at the Mini Mornings, and activities especially designed for young children are set up in each classroom.

May I bring my child to visit your school?

Children are welcome at our Saturday Mini Mornings, but school Tours are for adults only. You may also drop by our school with your child between the hours of 9am–3pm for a look around our playground and public areas.

Where do children go after Acorn Hill?

After Acorn Hill, children successfully transition into a wide variety of public, private and home school environments.

Additional questions?

Please call our school office at 301-565-2282.

Thank you for inquiring about Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery. We look forward to hearing from you soon.