Acorn Montessori carries liability insurance as required by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Inspection reports are available upon request.
Preschool Financial & Withdraw Policy
We are a non-profit self-supporting program. Registration and tuition fees cover the operating expenses of the program. Timely payments are expected from all parties for services to continue. We will strive to provide your child with an exceptional educational experience.
If two or more children attend at the same time from the same family, a 5% discount will be applied to the tuition of the additional child.
A 5% discount will be applied for payment of tuition 6 months in advance. For 1 year advance payment, a 10% discount will be given.
Acorn Montessori’s hours of operation are 6:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. You must contact the school if you are unable to pick up your child before closing. A fee in the amount of $15 per 15 min/child will be charged at the time of pick up.
Late Fee: A late fee of $50 will be assessed if payment is not received by the 5th of each month. If tuition continues to be unpaid through the 5th, your child may not attend until payment or written arrangements are made.
Return check: There will be a $50 service charge for all returned checks.
Withdraw: The fee is covering a position for my child and is due whether or not my child attends. The fees will no longer be payable when my child is withdrawn, which requires a 30 day notice.
Harassment of a student by another student or by a teacher or other staff member is a violation of school policy. This includes (but is not limited to) harassment based on race, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, or disability. Punishable harassment is conduct, including verbal conduct, (1) that creates (or will certainly create) a hostile environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well-being; or (2) that is threatening or seriously intimidating.
Sexual harassment is a form of harassment that also violates school policy. Punishable sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance or sexual conduct, including verbal conduct, (1) that is tied to a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or to a student’s physical or psychological well-being; (2) that creates (or will certainly create) a hostile environment by substantially interfering with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities, or performance, or with a student’s physical or psychological well-being; or (3) that is threatening or seriously intimidating.
To prevent harassment in the first instance, staff members should teach — teach why harassment is wrong and teach that tolerance and respect are essential to a free society. In response to an act of harassment, staff members should intervene immediately to stop the harassment and, if appropriate, should punish the harassment promptly, consistently, and proportionately to the seriousness of the act. But the response should not end there; rather, staff members should deter future harassment with continuing lessons of tolerance and respect.
Note: Schools should develop and publicize rules that explain how harassment can be reported and how reports of harassment will be handled. In some cases, schools are required to do so by federal law. These rules should require staff to report harassment to a designated school official; should prohibit retaliation against anyone who reports harassment; and, to the extent possible, should protect the confidentiality of anyone who is involved in a report of harassment.
It is District policy that no one shall be treated differently, separately, or have any action directly affecting him or her taken on the basis of race, religion, national origin, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability where a person is otherwise qualified or could be with reasonable accommodation.
The immediate remedy for any act of discrimination shall be to end it, treat the individual equally, and, as much as practically possible, to eradicate any effects of discrimination. Discipline should be imposed where appropriate.
The ultimate goal of all classrooms is to revolve around positive feedback and redirection, rather than negative behavior and consequences. We strive to teach students how to control their own behavior and make decisions that reflect their very best selves through accountability. Through room arrangement, classroom space, consistency in scheduling, relationship building, and the teaching of recognizing feelings and self-regulation, students will feel safe to communicate and express their frustrations and how to work through them. As students struggle with self-regulation, they may require additional support such as one on one time with the teacher, removal of a specific activity, moving seats, going for a walk, and solution-based activities.
Acorn Montessori Charter School supports the research that high-quality schools are imperative in preventing suspensions and expulsions in the classroom setting. We are responsible for creating positive learning environments that focus on prevention, encouraging partnerships to support healthy development, and ensuring fairness, equity, and continuous improvement to support children’s social, emotional, and behavioral health. At Acorn Montessori Charter School, we focus on fostering social-emotional development and responding to challenging behaviors by incorporating positive discipline practices and policies before considering expulsion or suspension from our program.
Acorn is committed to teaching principles of good citizenship and helping students acquire socially acceptable behavior. The school will provide safe, effective learning environment to meet the needs of its students. Parent involvement and student cooperation are vital.
Acorn is dedicated to establishing reasonable consequences that will help students identify inappropriate behaviors and work toward more positive person actions. When corrective actions fail and the behavior of a student interferes with the rights of others, parents are contacted, and other disciplinary actions are taken. All faculty and staff enforce the discipline with compassion, fairness, and consideration to grade level of the child.
Our school discipline program places the responsibility for appropriate behavior by the student on the student. Each class establishes a few reasonable rules that all students are expected to follow at all times. Students receive appropriate consequences for rule infractions. Our special student recognition programs promote and reinforce responsible choices. Teachers and staff rely on parents/guardians to support classroom and school wide rules. The faculty and staff want to work cooperatively with every family to quickly and fairly address any behavior problem that may arise in order to decrease the chances of it occurring again.
The following items are not permitted on school grounds
- Laser pointers
- Aerosol cans of any kind
- Water balloons
- Water guns
- Obscene or profane material
- Matches or lighters
- Tobacco in any form
- Any weapon of any sort
- Any other item deemed inappropriate by the administration.
Bikes & Skateboards
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McKinney Vento Homeless Education
Download the entire document here: Mckinney Vento Acorn Montessori
Educational Policy to Implement the McKinney-Vento Act
Homelessness exists in the Tri City Area, and that includes the Prescott Valley Community. A combination of many factors causes families to leave their home such as high cost of living, and poverty. Many of our youth leave their homes due to abuse, neglect, and family conflict. Children and youth who have lost their housing live in many different places including motels, shelters, shared residences, transitional housing programs, campgrounds, even cars. This lack if permanent housing can lead to potentially serious consequences physically, emotionally, and mentally. Acorn Montessori will ensure that all children and youth enrolled will receive a free, appropriate, public education, and are given an abundance of meaningful opportunities to succeed on their educational journey at our School. Acorn Montessori will always follow the requirements set forth in the McKinney-Vento Act.
Statement of Assurance
Acorn Montessori Charter School shall provide an educational environment that treats all students with dignity and respect. At Acorn Montessori it is our policy to view all students as individuals. This in mind, our policy will not refer to children as homeless, they will instead be referred to as children and youth in transition. Federal Law states that every child and youth in transition shall have access to the same full educational opportunities to meet state and local academic achievement standards as students who are not in transition. This commitment to the educational rights of children and youth in transition, and unaccompanied youth, applies to all services, programs, food programs, transportation programs, and activities provided or made available. Acorn Montessori will ensure that children and youth in transition are free from discrimination, segregation, and harassment.
Information regarding this policy will be included in our enrollment packet and made available throughout the year.
Children and Youth in transition means children or youth who are otherwise legally entitled to or eligible for a free public education and services, under the McKinney-Vento Act. They lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, including children and youth who are:
Living in a shelter
Living in temporary shared housing
Living in a transitional living program
Living in a hotel/motel
Living in campground or similar situation
Living in an abandoned building
Living at a bus station, in a park, in a vehicle
Living at a primary nighttime residence that is a private or public place not appropriately designed for or meant to be used as regular sleeping accommodations for a person.
Migratory children and youth who are living in a situation described above
A Child or youth shall be considered in transition for as long as he or she is in a living situation described above.
Unaccompanied youth means a youth not in the physical custody of a parent or guardian, and who is in transition as defined above. The general term “youth” in the phrase children and youth in transition also includes unaccompanied youth.
Enroll and Enrollment means being a member of a school and participating completely in school activities.
Parent or Guardian means a person having legal or physical custody of a child or youth.
School of origin means the school the child or youth attended when last permanently housed, or the school in which the child or youth was last enrolled.
Liaison is the staff member who is designated by our LEA and each LEA in the state as the person responsible for carrying out the duties assigned to the liaison by the McKinney-Vento Act.
Together, with school personnel, and community organizations, our McKinney-Vento Liaison will identify children and youth in transition within the Acorn Montessori Charter School district. The Liaison will train the school staff on the possible indications of homelessness, on sensitivity in identifying families and youth in transition, and the procedures to make the Liaison aware of the information indicating homelessness. The liaison will also instruct all office personnel to inquire about possible homelessness upon enrollment and withdrawal of every student and to inform the Liaison if homelessness is indicated. Community partners in identifying indications of homelessness may include shelters, motels, campgrounds, homeless outreach organizations, faith-based organizations, legal services, welfare departments, and other social agencies.
The Liaison will keep data on the number of children and youth in transition in the Acorn Montessori Charter School district. This data will include where they live, their academic achievement (including all standardized testing and assessment results), the reason for and enrollment delays, interruptions in their education, or school transfers.
All children and youth in transition have the right to stay at their school of origin or attend any school that housed students would attend who live in the area where the child or youth actually lives. Keeping students in their school of origin is important for both the student and our district. Students who change schools have been found to have lower academic performance and test scores than their peers who do not change schools. Even academically stable children and youth in transition, that change schools often, have been shown to have lower test scores. Keeping students in their schools of origin gives them a better opportunity to grow both academically and socially, while allowing the school of origin to benefit from the enhanced test scores and achievement shown as a result of student continuity. Therefore, in school selection, children and youth in transition will remain at their schools of origin to the greatest extent feasible, unless the parent or youth decides differently. Students may stay at their school of origin the entire time they are in transition and until the end of the school year that they become permanently housed. This also applies to children or youth that lose their housing between school years. McKinney-Vento eligible students have the right to select from the following schools:
The school the student attended when last permanently housed (school of origin)
The school in which the student was last enrolled (school of origin)
The school in the attendance area in which the student lives (school of residency)
The feasibility of staying at a child or youth in transition’s school of origin will be determined according to the best interest of the child, based on the needs of that student, and the decisions of their parent or the wishes of the youth. Possible feasibility are as follows:
Safety of the student or youth in transition
Continuity of academic instruction
Time remaining in the current school year
Possible area of family or youth’s future housing
Possible length of stay in transitional living situation
Where siblings go to school
Whether the student has special needs that would make the commute harmful
Services that are required to be provided through the McKinney-Vento Act, such as transportation availability to and from the school of origin, and services under federal and other programs, will not be feasibility determination factors.
It is essential that children and youth in transition maintain consistent and uninterrupted instruction to achieve academic success. However, the realities of mobility during transition may make providing enrollment documents unavailable. The school selected for enrollment must enroll any child or youth in transition immediately. Enrollment may never be denied or delayed due to the lack of required documents including:
Proof of residency
Transcripts (they will be requested and obtained by the selected school’s registrar. Placement, until records are received, will be determined based on information obtained from that student, or the student’s parent/guardian)
Immunization, health, medical, or physical records- the Liaison will assist.
Proof of guardianship
Any other documents required for enrollment
Unpaid school fees
Lack of dress code clothing requirements
Anything related the student or youth in transition’s living situation
Immediate enrollment is also required for unaccompanied youth. They may be enrolled by a parent, caretaker, older sibling, themselves, or the McKinney-Vento Liaison.
Transportation is a vital part of the ability for students and youth in transition to attend instruction and curriculum at their school of origin, and to avoid added social, emotional, and mental stress to an already difficult situation. At the parent’s request, transportation shall be provided to and from the school of origin for a child or youth in transition, and will be provided free of charge, for the duration of time the child has the right to attend that school, as defined previously, including during dispute resolution. The McKinney-Vento Liaison shall request transportation to and from school of origin for unaccompanied youth. The length of the commute will only be taken into consideration based on potential harm to the student. (Please refer to the feasibility considerations above). Parents and unaccompanied youth must be informed of the right to transportation before they select a school to attend.
The Liaison at each campus in the Acorn Montessori Charter district will use the district’s transportation form to process transportation requests. Upon completion and processing of the form, transportation will begin without delay. If the student in transition is attending Acorn Montessori Charter School, we shall arrange transportation. This transportation will include not only transportation to and from our school, but also any other transportation services offered to housed students.
McKinney-Vento student transportation costs will be provided by Title 1 funds that have been set aside, and our Maintenance and Operating funds.
At Acorn Montessori Charter School, enrolled children and youth in transition shall be provided services comparable to enrolled housed students, including:
Transportation (described above)
Title 1 (described below)
Special Education, if eligible
English Language Learning, if eligible
School nutrition programs, and National School Lunch Program
Before and after school programs
Acorn Montessori Charter School acknowledges that children and youth in transition have statistically higher occurrences of special needs and are frequently not evaluated so appropriate services can be provided. A child or youth in transition, suspected of having an unevaluated disability, is ensured a timely completion of a full evaluation. If a child or youth in transition has an existing Individualized Education Program (IEP) it will be immediately implemented. Necessary IEP meetings or re-evaluations shall then be expedited. If complete records are not available, IEP teams must use their best judgement, in coordination with Administration, to choose the best course of action according to procedures and provision of services, the goal being to avoid interruption in appropriate services.
With the Liaison’s assistance, school personnel shall refer enrolled children and youth in transition to appropriate health care services, including dental and mental health services.
Parents or guardians of children and youth in transition will be informed of all educational and educational related opportunities, and the availability for them to meaningfully participate in their student’s education. This will be done in a manner understandable to parents or guardians.
Any tardiness or absences related to the living situation of a child or youth in transition, regardless of the attendance policy, shall be excused. Any tardiness or absences not related to the living situation of a child or youth in transition shall be recorded according to the Acorn Montessori Charter School Attendance Policy.
The parent or guardian of a child or youth in transition may file a complaint with Acorn Montessori Charter School over disputes that arise regarding anything in this policy, including enrollment, transportation, services, or fair treatment of the student. The School must respond and attempt to resolve the issue quickly. During the dispute procedure, the student must be immediately admitted to the selected school and provided appropriate educational services, transportation, free nutrition, and Title 1 services until the final resolution of the dispute is reached. The McKinney-Vento Liaison will assist in making decisions, providing notice of any appeal process, and filling out the dispute forms. The parent or guardian of the student will receive an understandable written explanation of the decision and will be informed of the right to appeal. The parent or guardian of the student shall be referred to the Liaison, who shall ensure them that the student is enrolled in the selected school, receiving all entitled services, and that the dispute shall be resolved as quickly as possible. The parent or guardian of the child or youth in transition shall be given every opportunity to have meaningful participation in the dispute process. The Liaison shall keep records of all disputes to determine whether there are any delays or denials of the enrollment of the child or youth in transition.
Meals and Nutrition
Acorn Montessori Charter School is dedicated to the health of the whole child. This includes proper nutrition which is profoundly important to learning. To ensure that children and youth in transition are getting proper nutrition while at school, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has determined that all children and youth in transition are automatically eligible for free meals. The student’s name must be submitted to Acorn Montessori’s Food Service’s Department for immediate processing upon enrollment.
The profound difficulties experienced by children and youth in transition put them at significant risk of academic regression that warrants additional support. These students are automatically entitled to, and shall be provided with, Title 1 services. Title 1 funds will be used to provide educational support services to children and youth in transition, both in school and outside of school to help remove possible difficulties that may prevent regular attendance.
Acorn Montessori Charter School shall assess, report on, and include children and youth in transition in accountability systems as required by federal law and U.S. and Arizona Departments of Education.
The Acorn Montessori Charter School’s McKinney-Vento Liaison will conduct a training session at least once each year for all staff. This training will include procedures, as well as, sensitivity and awareness practices. Training will focus on staff awareness of homelessness in our community, procedures to expedite assistance, compliance with policy, and very importantly, approaching the issue with sensitivity and dignity toward the child or youth in transition. Please refer to the “Identification” portion of this policy.
The McKinney-Vento Liaison shall coordinate with, and seek support from, public and private service providers in the community, any Acorn Montessori Charter School service departments, Liaison’s in neighboring districts, and the State Coordinator for the Homeless Children and Youth:
Arizona Department of Education
1535 W. Jefferson Street
Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Email [email protected]
The coordination of all public and private agencies will be encouraged to support the Liaison in implementing this policy, keeping in mind our motto-
“Children First, Always”
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act
Title 1, the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
Child Nutrition Division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture
The Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Arizona Department of Education
The U.S. Department of Education