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Contact Ms. Erika Gomez for information
on Admissions - egomez@vimsia.org
or Ask for Admissions 340- 775-6360.
 

Enrollment Policy

Our school has a non-discriminatory admissions policy, reflecting the heterogeneous make-up of our islands. 
Grades Pre-K through 6 have only limited space available in each classroom for students transferring from non-Montessori backgrounds.  This is to ensure that the wonderful focus and flow of our Montessori classrooms is not disrupted.  If space is available for Non-Montessori transfers, there will be interviews and discussion to ensure that a Montessori environment will be beneficial to the child.

Please check below to determine the specific enrollment requirements for each level of our school.

 Enrollment Procedures

Returning Students - All Levels

Contracts will be distributed for returning students in the spring of every year. The contract will be due back, signed with the Advance Deposit several weeks after they have been distributed (this is usually no later than Mid-April). The deposit and signed contract are the mechanisms by which space is reserved for your child for the next school year. If we do not receive the appropriate documents and fees, we cannot guarantee that your child will be included when developing the coming year's student roster.  We typically receive a significant number of transfer requests from other schools over the spring and summer and would hate to fill a spot that should go to a returning student.
 
Financial Aid and Merit Scholarship awards are NOT automatically renewed from year to year.  Financial analysis forms must be submitted in April for the coming school year.  Financial Aid Information
 

New Students - All Levels

To initiate the enrollment process, new students are required to submit:
  • Enrollment Form and Questionnaire with a $50, non-refundable application fee.
Other enrollment requirements vary by level, so please see below for any additional forms that may pertain to your child's level.  Once VIMSIA has offered a contract, it must be returned with the advance deposit in order to hold a space.  All students must have an annual Health Record and up to date immunization records on file prior to starting classes. 

L.A. Casa – Toddler Program

Children who have reached 18 months may enter the Toddler Program at key intervals during the school year or on a space-available basis.  Toilet training is not a requirement.  Parents are requested to make an appointment for a 30-minute classroom observation. Appointments can be made by calling the Front Office at (340) 775-6360.  Following the observation, the Directress will meet with you to address your questions and then schedule a visit for your child.  Prior to your child's first day of school, a completed Human Services Health Form (this is a three part form available in the Front Office) is required.

Due to limited space, it is highly recommended that you apply for enrollment as early as possible.

Primary Students

This is a three year Montessori Program for students approximately 2.9 to 5 years of age.  Students are enrolled between the ages of 2.9 and their 4th birthday.  We do have limited space available for non-Montessori students older than 4 and are pleased to consider these students on a case by case basis.  

Parents are requested to make an appointment for a 30-minute classroom observation. Appointments can be made by calling the Front Office at  (340)775-6360.  Following the observation, we will be happy to address any questions that you may have and will schedule a visit for your child.   For the first few days, all new Primary Students (except transfers from Casa dei Bambini – Toddler Program), will stay for only 90 minutes. The teacher will invite the child to stay for the complete morning as soon as your child feels comfortable. This may also be shortened if your child shows that he/she is not ready to stay for that length of time.

Prior to your child's first day of school, a completed Human Services Health Form (this is a two part form available in the Front Office) is required.

Elementary Students

This is a six year Montessori Program for students approximately 6 - 12 years of age.   Our Lower Elementary is for 6-9 year olds (1st - 3rd grade).  Upper Elementary is for 9-12 year olds (4th - 6th grade).   We accept students with prior AMI Montessori experience into this program at any age.  We do have limited space available for non-Montessori students and are pleased to consider these students on a case by case basis.  All incoming elementary students must supply transcripts from their current school.

Parents are requested to make an appointment for a 30-minute classroom observation. Appointments can be made by calling the Front Office at  (340)775-6360.  Following the observation, we will be happy to address any questions that you may have and will schedule a visit for your child.

Prior to your child's first day of school, a completed Health Record is required.

Peter Gruber International Academy Students (Grades 7 – 12)

Enrollment requirements for Peter Gruber International Academy (PGIA) Students:

  • Enrollment Form with a $50, non-refundable application fee
  • Questionnaire 
  • Character Analysis from Parent
  • Character Analysis from three teachers (one math, one language, one other)
  • Transcripts or Report Card (must have last year and most recent)
  • Standardized test scores from previous school
  • Letter from Student based on "Why do you want to attend VIMSIA".
  • 250 Word Essay (See below for instructions under "250 Word Essay")
  • Math Placement Test to be completed on day of visit (See below for test explanation)
  • Graded Essay from a current course
  • Complete a full day visit to the PGIA (See below for sample daily schedule)
  • Student/parent interview with PGIA director

Please note:  PGIA Diploma Program Scholarship Applicants are required to supply the same information listed above.  There is a Scholarship Application Form that can take the place of the Enrollment Form.

250 Word Essay Procedure:


New PGIA students are also required to write a 250-word essay on a selected topic.  The students will be asked to write this essay during their full day visit to school.  Topics can include prompts such as:

  1. Describe an experience that has had an important effect on your life and explain why.
  2. Describe a person you admire and explain why.
  3. What is the most important piece of advice you have ever received and what role does it play in your life
  4. Pick 3 attributes from the IB Learner Profile and discuss how you embody these characteristics.

The essay portion of the enrollment process is our recognition of the importance of what the prospective student writes about him or herself. How much is written is less important than the content of what is written.  The student’s writing skills are also assessed to determine their level of ability.  Strong writing skills are a very necessary component to success in the IB.

We are trying to get a sense of the prospective student as a distinct individual. The essay should be considered an opportunity to tell us what the prospective student thinks is important. Each student has a faculty advisor who guides the student’s academic choices as well as serves as the student’s personal counselor. The essay should be written on what the prospective student thinks would be valuable for their advisor to know about them. 


Math Placement Test:

·      Students applying for entrance in the PGIA grades 7-11 (either from Montessori or outside schools) will take a math placement test either as part of their day-long visit or during their interview process (if during summer).

·         The test is one hour in length and given in a controlled setting. The answers will be multiple-choice, but students should show their work.

·        The point of the test is to determine the student’s strengths and areas for improvement in order to better inform the student’s PGIA math teacher.  For students entering 9th-11th grades, this test will be used to help place the student in the appropriate math class.

·         The tests belong to the school are aligned with our vertical articulation in the mathematics department.  The essay portion of the enrollment process is our recognition of the importance of what the prospective student writes about him or herself. How much is written is less important than the content of what is written.


Nondiscriminatory Policy

VIMSIA admits students regardless of race, color, religion, national, or ethnic origin. It does not discriminate in

administration of its educational policies, financial aid, athletic or other school administered programs.


Enrollment Checklist - Part I

New Students for Initial Enrollment

L.A. Casa(Toddlers - 2)

 Primary (Age 3-5)

Elementary (Grades 1-6) International Academy (Grades 7-12)
Enrollment Form plus $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)    Required to Initiate Enrollment Required to Initiate Enrollment Required to Initiate Enrollment Required to Initiate Enrollment
30 Minute Parent Observation Required Required Required Required
Interview with Student  Required  Required Required  Required 
Student Visit - 1/2 to 1 Full school day visit  N/A  N/A  N/A  Strongly Suggested 
Questionnaire Required  Required Required Required 
Prior School Transcripts N/A If Available Required  Required 
Parent Character Analysis of Student   N/A N/A  N/A Required 
Teacher Recommendation:  One Math, One English, One of Choice (3 Total)  N/A N/A  Required (1 Teacher Recommendation)  Required (3 Teacher Recommendations)
Copy of a Graded Essay from a Current Academic Course NA  N/A  N/A  Required
Letter from Student stating why they are changing schools                      N/A  N/A  N/A Required
250 Word Essay written by Student N/A  N/A  N/A  Required

   



Standardized Test Scores N/A N/A  N/A  Required 
$750 Endowment Bond N/A  Required  Required  Required 
Human Services Health Form
(Not available online)
Required Req'd upon acceptance if attending BEC (Bougainvillea After School Enrichment Program)  Req'd upon acceptance if attending BEC (Bougainvilla After School Enrichment Program)
N/A 
Health Form & Immunization Record
Required Req'd upon acceptance, unless Human Services Health Form is supplied
Req'd upon acceptance, unless Human Services Health Form is supplied
Required up-to-date Immunization Records for 11-12 year olds

Enrollment Checklist - Part II

Once Accepted, please submit the following
 Casa dei Bambini 
Primary    
Elementary 
International Academy 
School Contract Plus $500 Deposit (applied to tuition)
Required to Hold Student Space
Required to Hold Student Space 
Required to Hold Student Space 
Required to Hold Student Space 
Registration Card    
Required 
Required
Required 
Required
Health Form & Immunization Record 
N/A
Req'd, unless Human Services Health Form is supplied
Req'd, unless Human Services Health Form is supplied
Required 
Human Services Health Form
(Not available online)
Required
Req'd if Attending BEC (Bougainvillea After School Enrichment Program) 
Req'd if Attending BEC (Bougainvillea After School Enrichment Program)
N/A 
Emergency Medical Form
Required
Required 
Required 
Required 
Medication Authorization Form
Required
Required
Required
Required
Field Trip Waiver
N/A    
N/A    
Required
Required
Photo Release Form    
Required
Required
Required
Required 
Computer Use Agreement Form    
N/A
N/A 
9-12 Class - Required Annually
Required Annually
Internet Waiver
N/A
N/A
9-12 Class - Required Annually
Required Annually
Student Behavior Agreement Form
N/A
Required     
Required 
Required Annually
School Bus Waiver    
N/A
Required to ride bus
Required to ride bus        
Required to ride bus
Bougainvillea or Casa dei Bambini After School Enrichment Center Contract
Required if utilizing after school care
Required if utilizing after school care Required if utilizing after school care N/A
 
Other forms are required to initiate Financial Aid requests.

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