Why Galileo?

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Galileo Preschool is one of the best preschools in the Bay Area. We offer a broad, challenging academic program that engages and inspires our students. Come by for a visit to see the beauty that is Galileo Preschool.

We realize that parents have many options in choosing a school for their child. Many of our families choose Galileo Preschool after considering alternatives like Challenger and Stratford. Why do parents choose Galileo Preschool? This is what we hear from parents:

  • I can feel the love and care of staff as soon as I walk through the doors
  • I love the broad, hands-on curriculum
  • Galileo Preschool provides a small and intimiate learning environment
  • My child is cared for and nurtured as an individual
  • Galileo Preschool helps with potty-training, which is an important developmental milestone for my child
  • Galileo provides meals which is a huge time-saver for me
  • The facilities are huge and spacious, with lots of room for my child to explore and play
  • The students are visibly happy and excited about learning
  • I am able to partner with the school to educate my child

Every child is different, and as a parent, you know best in what environment your child will thrive in. We are happy to sit down and discuss your hopes and dreams for your child and help you determine if Galileo Preschool is the right option for your child.

Tuition

Tuition rates vary depending on what program your child is enrolled in. Please click on the link below for the half-day and full-day tuition rates.

2017-18 Tuition Rates

This is the School for my Child, Now What?

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Room 1 (2-3 year old program): WAIT-LIST
Room 2 (3-4 year old program): WAIT-LIST
Room 3 (4-5 year old program): WAIT-LIST

Once you've decided that you would like to enroll your child at Galileo Preschool, please come to one of our weekly tours to get on the waiting-list or enter the lottery (for the 2017-18 school year.) Once we have an opening for your child, we will schedule a classroom trial for your child. This is a 20 minute classroom visit to ensure that Galileo Preschool is the right fit for your family. 

After a successful trial, your child is ready for admission. We will provide you the Admissions Packet, which includes the Emergency Contact Form, Parent Handbook, Admissions Agreement, Immunization History, and Parent Rights forms. Once you complete the packet, your child is ready to join!

On the first day of school, please bring a small blanket, pillow, change of clothes, and diapers/wipes if your child is not potty trained.

We can't wait for you to join the Galileo family!

 

Lottery FAQ

Galileo Preschool seeks to enroll students who have the potential to take advantage of its challenging academic program. Galileo Preschool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, age, sexual orientation, religion, national or ethnic origin.

 

1.       Why is Galileo Preschool moving to a lottery system?

Galileo Preschool is a very small, private preschool, with only 3 classrooms. Each school year, we only accept 5-10 families off of the waiting-list, and we have over 200 applicants annually. It has come to the point where only parents who have visited Galileo before their child was born (typically for an older sibling) have the opportunity to register their child at Galileo. We believe that this is unsustainable, so similar to oversubscribed Charter schools in California, we are moving to a lottery system to give families a more equitable chance for enrollment.

 

2.       What is required for a child to register at Galileo Preschool?

a.       Parents must attend an in-person tour in order to complete the waiting-list application

b.      Parents must reply to our quarterly e-mail updates in order to remain active on the waiting-list

c.       In January of the school year in which the child would like to enroll, Galileo Preschool will conduct a random lottery and assign each family a number on the waiting-list

d.      These families will be called in order – assuming their requested program (e.g. 3 full days) is available - to schedule a trial for their child

e.      During the trial, we are observing for grade-level readiness for our preschool program.

f.        Once a successful trial is completed, the families can register their child by paying a non-refundable registration fee, and completing the enrollment paperwork

g.       At this point, the child is guaranteed a spot at Galileo Preschool for the upcoming school year

 

3.       Why is the waiting-list so long? Who gets priority?
The reason that so few spots are available for new students is that the majority of our openings are filled by younger siblings of existing students. The priority is as follows:

a.       Existing students who would like to expand their schedule

b.      Children of Galileo Preschool staff members

c.       Siblings of existing students and alumni

d.      Children off of the waiting-list (depends on lottery position and program availability)

4.       How do I enter the lottery?

By completing a wait-list form, and by responding to our quarterly e-mails in order to stay in the “Active” pile, you will automatically participate in our annual lottery.

5.       When will the lottery be held? When will I get the results?
We will hold the first lottery on January 17, 2017 for all three classrooms, and notify families of the results that week. If a family visits Galileo after the lottery has been held, those families will be given the next available number at the end of the waiting list.

6.       How does the lottery work?

Galileo Preschool uses an internal Excel-based program which randomly assigns a number to each family on the waiting list. We will share the results of this process through an e-mail to each family on our waiting list.

7.       What if my child doesn’t get in? Will s/he get in the following year?
 We rerun the lottery for each classroom every January. Thus, you will be assigned a new number each January. We understand that this can be frustrating for families; however, this is in line with California charter schools. We understand that life is fluid and dynamic and believe that it is unreasonable for families to plan for their child’s preschool over 2 years in advance.

 

Please contact info@galileopreschool.com for any additional questions.

Thank you,
Team Galileo