What are the hours of the school day?
Half Day programs meet from 9:30 am–12:30 pm, and Full Day programs meet from 9 am–3 pm. Early Birds (8-9 am), Lunch Bunch (12-1 pm) and Aftercare (3-6 pm) have been suspended for the 2020-21 school year due to COVID-19.
Does Acorn Hill provide meals?
Acorn Hill provides a wholesome, organic mid-morning snack to all children. Full Day children bring their own packed lunch from home.
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 normally has approximately 100 students, with 60 in our nursery and kindergarten classes and 35-40 infants and toddlers enrolled with their parents in our Birth to 3 parenting classes. Due to COVID-19, we have reduced our programming and class sizes; we now have 52 children in our nursery and kindergartens programs.
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?
During COVID-19, all of our class sizes are limited to 13 children with 2 teachers, as recommended by the Office of Childcare/MD State Department of Education.
What is your policy on immunizations?
Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery is licensed as a child care center through Maryland State Department of Education’s Office of Child Care and as a non-public Kindergarten through Maryland Department of Education. We follow all state and local requirements for student registration and immunization, including reporting vaccination status to the state, opening student records to health department review, and excluding students from school if they do not comply with requirements or if there is an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease against which they are not immunized.
The Maryland Health Department requires that all enrolled children must meet minimum vaccination requirements for Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP), Haemophilus Influenzae Type b (Hib), Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, & Rubella (MMR), Pneumococcal (PCV), Polio, and Varicella (Chickenpox), as outlined on this form. Parents are required to provide the immunization form along with a health inventory prior to a child attending a school. Maryland allows medical contraindication and religious objections to vaccination.
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?
Is there a deadline for applying?
Applications are accepted in the late fall/December of the year prior to entry. The deadline to apply is February 1 for first-consideration acceptances.
What if I miss the application deadline?
Applications received after February 1 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 at 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?
We are not able to accommodate in-person visits during the pandemic. Instead, plan to attend one of our Live Virtual Tours to learn more about Acorn Hill. A Live Virtual Tour enables you to “see” our school and classrooms virtually, and to ask questions. We do not have Mini Mornings scheduled during the 2020-21 school year.
May I bring my child to visit your school?
We are not scheduling in-person visits during the 2020-21 school year.
Where do children go after Acorn Hill?
After Acorn Hill, children successfully transition into a wide variety of public, private and home school environments.
Please call our school office at 301-565-2282.