Frequently Asked Questions

What does it mean that this preschool has teaching families?

It means that in this community we contribute our own special talents and all help each other out for the benefit of all our children. A community where it’s important to believe that the more you put into the community, the more you and especially your children get out of the community. Parents assist the teacher in the classroom to create a high adult-child ratio and provide a great learning environment for each child.

What is the philosophy of the school ?

WAP is a developmentally appropriate, play-based preschool. This means that we believe kids of this age learn best by hands-on experience with their world, not by forced memorization and seatwork. We have selected what we consider the best parts of many philosophies of early childhood education including Montessori, Reggio Emilia and Waldorf in order to create a balance of quality materials, meaningful dialogues and fun! We provide a wide range of activities that are developmentally correct for these ages (art projects, science experiments, sewing, goofing around, music, yoga, gardening, dance….)

What ages do we serve?

We enroll children ages 3, 4 and 5.

What days do children attend school?

We have 2 classrooms with 15-17 children on a Monday-Friday schedule 8:30-12:30 with children enrolled on a 3,4 or 5 day schedule.  The 2019-20 school year will have an 8:15-12:15, 8:30-12:30, or 8:45-12:45 drop-off and pick up  times available as well as extended day options.

Is there an enrollment fee?

Yes. The current enrollment fee is $175.00. It is NON-REFUNDABLE

What is the monthly tuition for the 2019-20?

3 day teaching family $270/month 3 day non teaching family $330
4 day teaching family $330 4 day non teaching family $390
5 day teaching family $420 5 day non teaching family $470

What are the teaching parents’ responsibilities/commitments to the school?

Work as a teaching parent in the classroom every other week, which includes being responsible for providing snack on one of those days.
Attend a 3 hour orientation at the beginning of the school year.
Complete a background check and Child CPR certification by Oct.1 each school year.
Sign up for a parent work job that is separate from classroom teaching.
Plan to come in at least one day as a substitute teacher.

What are the non-teaching parent’s responsibilities/commitments to the school?

Pay monthly tuition on time.
Bring snack for class on scheduled days.
Sign up for a parent work job.
What do you mean by parent teacher?
Each day there are some paid classroom teachers and some parent teachers, adding up to 5 teachers at the school each day. The parent teacher enjoys time to play, discuss, involve, read to, paint with and otherwise participate in a regular day of preschool. The parent teacher is also responsible for assisting in preparation and clean up for the day.

Can I observe a class?

Observations are welcome but need to be scheduled. Please fill out our contact form and we will contact you to schedule a visit.

When is the school closed for snow or extraordinary weather?

The preschool will be closed if  Buncombe County School District is closed due to inclement weather. If they have a 2 hour delay we have a regular school day.

Can I donate to the school?

Yes! Please use the form here.