Is financial aid available?
Need-based tuition assistance is available, and we are happy to discuss in more detail during the admissions process. AltSchool wants to provide access to an excellent child-centered education to as many students as possible and believes that all children benefit from being part of a diverse community.
What are school hours?
We understand that flexibility is important for families. Families can drop off their children at school anytime between 8:00 am and 9:00 am for no additional fee. The school day ends at 3:15 pm for Lower School and 3:30 pm for Middle School.
Is after-school care available?
Our AltExplore program after school includes Extended Day, World Languages, and Community Enrichment offerings for additional fees. Parents may design an after-school AltExplore schedule for their child that combines elements of all three programs as needed.
Extended Day runs every day school is open through 6pm. Parents may choose from several prepay packages with discounted rates or pay a drop-in fee for last-minute attendance. There is never a waiting list for Extended Day.
Do you have recess?
AltSchool students have physical education and recess every day and participate in daily outdoor activities, visiting parks near each school. Students will have time each week for both unstructured outdoor play and exploration and structured games and activities, which may include yoga, dance, kung fu, fencing, parkour, etc. based on student interest. Additional sports and movement classes may be offered as part of the AltExplore program before and/or after school for an additional fee.
How are allergies handled?
AltSchool is an Allergy Aware school. Educators and our Safety Team members work closely with families to develop personalized safety plans for each student and their specific allergies. Although we do not ban specific foods or nuts from our campuses, we have a clear protocol to protect students with food allergies at our schools.
How are grade levels organized at AltSchool?
Chicago: AltSchool Lincoln Park offers both Lower School (Junior Kindergarten through 4th grade), and Middle School (5th through 8th grade). There are mixed-age classrooms with 2-3 year age bands.
New York City: AltSchool offers both Lower School (Pre-Kindergarten through 4th grade), and Middle School (5th through 8th grade). Programs vary by school location. Each school features mixed-age classrooms with 2-3 year age bands.
San Francisco Bay Area: AltSchool offers both Lower School (Transitional Kindergarten through 5th grade), and Middle School (6th through 8th grade). Programs vary by school location. Each school features mixed-age classrooms with 2-3 year age bands.
What is your vaccination policy?
At AltSchool we take the health of our students, educators, and the surrounding communities seriously. We require all students to be fully immunized and recognize only those exemptions required by law in the locations in which we operate.
In California, the Health and Safety Code requires all students to be immunized. Following California law, AltSchool requires all students to be immunized except for (1) students who have valid temporary or permanent medical exemptions and (2) students who have an existing personal/religious belief exemption and who are in between the checkpoint grades (defined as Kindergarten and 7th grade), in each case with documentation as required by law.
In New York, The New York State Public Health Law requires all students to be immunized and does not recognize exemptions except for medical exemptions and religious exemptions. AltSchool grants medical exemptions when a New York State licensed physician certifies that immunization may be detrimental to the child’s health, with proper documentation as required by law. AltSchool will review requests for religious exemption from immunization, so long as they are accompanied by all documentation required under New York law.
In Illinois, the School Code requires all students to be immunized and does not recognize exemptions except for medical exemptions and religious exemptions. AltSchool grants medical exemptions when an Illinois State licensed physician provides a Physician Medical Statement of Medical Contraindication concerning the child. AltSchool will review requests for religious exemptions from immunization, so long as they are accompanied by a Certificate of Religious Exemption to Immunization signed by parents/guardians and by an Illinois State licensed physician.
For all students, we will require a complete immunization record that meets the State’s requirements before a child begins school. Students whose immunization records have not been received by the first day of class will not be permitted to attend school until their records have been received. We recommend reviewing your child’s immunization records well in advance of the start of school to give yourself time to complete any required immunizations.