How to Apply
Thank you for your interest in Mangrove School of Sarasota. We realize that choosing a school is one of the most significant decisions a parent makes in shaping a child’s life and we are here to assist you in any way we can. Programs for the 2021-2022 school year include Parent Child Circle, Nursery, VPK, Kindergarten and Grades. The admissions office accepts applications year-round, with applications for immediate placement subject to availability.
The following steps comprise the application and enrollment process:
1. Attend an Open House, or schedule a private tour during the school year (Schedule here) We have a few open houses throughout the year as well. These are the best opportunities to meet our teachers and families, experience what goes on in the classroom, and have your questions answered. Our next open house is TBD. If you are unable to attend a tour, we highly encourage you to please reach out with questions, particularly about availability, as many programs are full with waiting lists. For more information on our school and its policies, including our parent handbook, click here.
2. Submit an application You will find applications for all of our programs here. All applications (with the exception of Little Clamshells, Little Seedlings, and Sandpiper VPK) require a $40 application fee. This application fee is reduced by half if submitted 3 days after attending your first enrollment event. (Tour or Open House). You may also submit an application before touring. During certain times of the year, the application process might take longer due to other commitments of our teachers: Right before winter break, at the end or beginning of the school year, and during the summer, for example.
3. Teacher Meeting and Visit Shortly after you submit your child’s application for the Nursery, VPK, Kindergarten, or Grades program, you will be contacted to set up a meeting with the class teacher to discuss how your child could be best supported in their education. If school is in session during time of enrollment, a school visit is required before the application process is complete. If the application is submitted during the summer months, the student will be invited for a trial, to ensure our program is a good fit for their learning style.
4. Finalizing your enrollment Upon acceptance and enrollment, signed paperwork is required in order to secure you child’s space. Before beginning school, you will receive a start date from the Administrative staff.
Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education. – Rudolf Steiner