Admission Policy

At Tall Pines School we seek to find a good fit between the children that we accept and the programs that we offer. The admission process serves candidates and their families by developing in them the confidence that Tall Pines School is an exciting community in which to learn, and that the child's learning needs will be best served by our program. 

We look for students of good character, students with energy, humor, strong academic ability and an enthusiasm for people. We look upon Tall Pines School as "The Gateway to a Lifelong Love of Learning" and feel that in a safe, nurturing, encouraging environment, children can truly develop a joy for learning that will last for their lives. 

Tall Pines School admits students regardless of race, citizenship or creed.

To apply for a spot at Tall Pines School, please call 905.458.6770, ext 228 for an appointment to meet with our Registrar.   For students new to Tall Pines School, we receive applications as of early February each year, for the school year beginning in September of the same year.  Students may also be admitted at other times of the school year, depending upon available openings, however, we generally do not admit new students for start dates past February in each school year. 

Infant/Toddler/Prima Casa Admission Policy:
Children are admitted to the Infant program from 12 to 18 months of age.

Children are admitted to the Toddler program from 18 to 30 months of age.

Children are admitted to the Prima Casa program from 31 to 44 months of age.

School staff will meet with parents and child to determine readiness for school. A gradual phase-in, with a parent in attendance, may be required, so that the child feels comfortable with the new environment and the new caregivers.

Casa Admission Policy:
Children are normally admitted to the Casa program at four or five years of age. 
School staff will meet with parents and student to determine readiness for school.
Children must be able to use the bathroom independently, and parents are expected to attend the Parent Education seminars conducted by the school several times a year.

Montessori Elementary Admission Policy:
School staff meet with parents and child, and the child will visit in the classroom for evaluation.
As with all of our classes, we are seeking to determine whether the requested program is a good fit for your child.  A three month probationary period is in effect during the student's first term with us.

Children are normally admitted to the Lower Elementary program when they have had a minimum of two years in a reputable Montessori Casa program that meets the standards of the Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators.  Where an application is made for an Upper Elementary placement, the prerequisite is three years in a reputable Lower Elementary class.

Junior School (SK to Grade 6) and The Zone (Grades 7 & 8) Admission Policy:
A copy of the previous two report cards are required.  As with other classes, we are seeking to ensure that there is a good fit between the needs of the child, and the program that is requested.

For Senior Kindergarten to Grade 2, children are admitted following an interview with parents and child. Students will be invited to visit in the classroom for evaluation. For Grade 3 and up, students are invited to participate in academic testing to establish their achievement level, in addition to attending class for a day. 


Application Process

Your first step in applying to Tall Pines School is a tour of the school. You may tour either through one of our Open House days, or through a personal appointment. We highly recommend booking a tour during the school day, so that you can see the classes in operation, with the children in attendance. Please contact our Registrar to make a tour appointment: e-mail registrar@tallpinesschool.comor call 905 458 6770, ext. 228.

During your tour, you will receive an application package containing all the information and forms you require to apply.

With your completed application, we will need copies of your child's birth certificate, O.H.I.P. card, immunization record and completed health form signed by your child's physician.  Students who have previously attended an elementary program elsewhere are also asked to bring their most recent report card.  Your application package includes a Financial Agreement with the school. Completed and signed Financial Agreements are submitted with your completed application form, along with the cheques relevant to the payment plan you have selected.  All spots are reserved through this contract, and those with a current contract will receive priority registration for the following year.

Once classroom visits, entrance testing, and interviews are completed, Tall Pines School staff will discuss the results with parents to determine whether it is in the child's best interest to enroll at the school.

Our acceptance of students to Tall Pines School is based on several factors:

*an acceptable match between the learning needs of the student, and the program that Tall Pines School offers, taking into consideration the parents' goals for that student

*returning students and their siblings receive priority each year, followed by children who have been on our waiting list

*new students are selected on the basis of openings remaining and, for Montessori programs, on the need to balance classes by age and gender

Once a child is accepted, parents and students are invited to attend the meet the teacher open house day in August, just prior to the start of the new school year.


Families who wish to apply to Tall Pines School for their children should request an application package from our Administration Office. 

To apply for a spot at Tall Pines School, please call 905.458.6770, ext 228 for an appointment to meet with our Registrar. For students new to Tall Pines School, we receive applications as of March 1st for the following school year beginning in September.