The first step in the admissions process is to visit to our school. We ask that your child accompany you on this visit, though sometimes parents visit first, and bring their child(ren) on a subsequent visit. You will have time to tour and learn about the school, as well as ask questions. You will also have time in the classroom to observe. We want to give you ample opportunity to determine if the environment and experiences offered at The Bethlehem Children’s School will be a good fit for your child(ren). In addition, your child(ren) will generally spend about an hour in the classroom to allow our faculty the opportunity to initially assess your child(ren).
Visits by prospective families are usually planned during the morning hours, though we are happy to work around the demands of your family’s schedule. We also offer an open house touring opportunity in the fall and the spring.
Please contact us today at 518–478–0224 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment or find out when our next open house is scheduled.
If a prospective family decides that Bethlehem Children’s School will be a good fit for their child(ren), the next step is to file an Application for Admission. You can request the application by mail or pick one up at your visit. There is a non-refundable application processing fee of $50 that must be paid upon submitting your application.
If Bethlehem Children’s School determines your child(ren) would be a good fit for our program, you will receive an acceptance letter and a contract. To hold your child(ren)’s spot in our program you must submit your signed contract and a $300 deposit or your first tuition payment, depending on the time of year. Check with our administrative staff to determine which payment is appropriate for your family.
Students with IEPs
Because of our size, The Bethlehem Children’s School is in a unique position to offer effective services to students with special education needs. Please note, however, that we can usually only accommodate students with IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) mandating low-impact needs.
Our students come from many different school districts within the Capital Region. If your child is currently receiving special services, we can work with you to provide for carry-over of services, though in some cases students simply don’t require the same level of services in a smaller setting such as ours. We would be happy to work with your home district and the Bethlehem Central School District for transition of services. Please indicate as soon as possible during the admission process if your child has particular educational needs, and we will be happy to discuss with you whether The Bethlehem Children’s School is a potential fit.
If you believe your child should be on an IEP but has not had one before, we would be happy to discuss this with you when you visit, and we can work with you to make sure your son or daughter receives the necessary support.
Tuition Schedule for 2019-2020
|DAYS ATTENDING PER WEEK||TUITION CHARGED|
|5 full days||$10,971|
|4 full days||$9,655|
|3 full days||$7,241|
|2 full days||$4,827|
Full days are from 8:30am-3pm. Half-days are from 8:30am-12:30pm. Listed above are the tuition rates, including all academics and activities offered to all students or to an entire classroom program. Before care, aftercare and some field trips are not included in this charge.
Afternoon Half-Day (12pm-3pm)*
5 half-days—$490 per month, $4,900 per year
4 half-days—$420 per month, $4,200 per year
3 half-days—$370 per month, $3,700 per year
*3 days/week, minimum
Tuition can be paid:
- In one lump sum; or
- In two installments: 50% upon acceptance/July 1, 2019 and 50% by January 1, 2020; or
- In monthly installments, due by the first of each month, with the final installment due by May 1, 2020