FAQs

We have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions in one place to make finding information easier for prospective parents. This information is covered in greater detail in our  Family Guide or other locations of our website. We encourage prospective families to read through these questions and  sign up for a visit to find out even more details about our programs.

What are your hours?

Beginning August 1, for our Lower School, and August 16, for our Upper School, we will return to our normal operational hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. The current reduced hours of 7:30 am to 4:30 pm will continue until August.

Lower School (6 weeks to 6 years) – Beginning August 1

The school day is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, with Before Care from 7:00-8:30 am and Extended Day from 3:30-4:30 pm or Extended Day Plus from 3:30-6:00 pm.

Upper School (grades 1-6) – Beginning August 16

The school day is from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm, with Before Care from 7:00-8:30 am and Extended Day from 3:30-4:30 pm or Extended Day Plus from 3:30-6:00 pm.

How much does it cost?

Our  Tuition and Fee Schedule is available online. Please note that the $300 application fee is fully refundable until an enrollment contract is signed.

Can I pay monthly?

Yes. Tuition can be paid in-full or on a monthly basis. If you choose to pay on a monthly basis, we require you to purchase  tuition insurance, which is 3% of the annual tuition and is paid with your first tuition payment.

Do I have to sign a contract?

Yes. Our enrollment contracts cover an entire school year. The Lower School offers a year-round contract, June-May. The Upper School offers a 10-month contract, August-May, and a separate  summer program for those who need continuous care. If you are admitted after the beginning of a school year, your tuition is pro-rated based on when you enroll. There is a 3-week trial for students enrolled in our Lower School.

When does the school year start?

For the Lower School, the new school year starts the day after Memorial Day, near the end of May or beginning of June depending on the calendar. Our Upper School begins in August and closely follows the Arlington ISD school calendar, though, we usually begin a week before AISD.

What are your classroom ratios?

Our ratios vary by program and have been lowered due to COVID-19:

  — Infant – 1:4 (2 teachers for 8 students)

  — Toddler – 1:8 (2 teachers for 16 students)

  — Early Childhood – 1:12 (2 teachers to 24 students)

  — Elementary – 1:18 (1 teacher for up to 18 students)

While these are the minimum ratios, we have an additional teacher available for each of the Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood classrooms throughout the day. Elementary students also participate in Enrichment classes with Enrichment Specialist teachers.

Do you provide food?

All families provide their own healthy lunch options for their children.

Parents provide snacks and lunch for children enrolled in the Infant program.

A few times each year, families with students enrolled in the Toddler and Early Childhood programs will receive a list of groceries to purchase to bring for the classroom snack. As part of the Practical Life work in class, students will prepare snack each day.

Lower Elementary students will be assigned a day each month to bring the classroom snack. Upper Elementary students will bring snacks for themselves each day.

What is the nap schedule for young children?

The nap schedule for infants is individualized and based on an infant’s age and need.

Toddlers and 2.5 to 3-year old Early Childhood students take a nap in the afternoon, after lunch.

Early Childhood students who are 4-years old are asked to rest for at least 30 minutes each day, with some still needing a full nap and others only resting their bodies for a short time.

Early Childhood students who are 5-years old do not nap and take part in special enrichment classes or work in the afternoon.

What do you do for students with allergies?

Parents of children with diagnosed allergies or asthma are required to provide the school with an individualized health care plan, signed by the child’s medical provider. A list of children with medically documented food allergies is posted in every classroom throughout the school, and a list of the classroom allergens is posted outside of each room. 

What are Community Service hours?

TMA was established as a parent cooperative and, as such, requires parental involvement. Not only does community service help to build stronger bonds between community members, but it also provides excellent modeling for the volunteerism that we wish to instill in our students.

Parents pay a Community Service Fee of $300 each year, $150 for the fall term and $150 for the spring term. If one or more members of your family volunteer at TMA for 5 hours each semester or 10 hours for the year, you will be refunded the entirety of the Community Service Fee, or you may contribute it to the Scholarship Fund.

Do you require immunizations?

To protect the health of all children and to satisfy state regulations, current medical information for each child is required prior to enrollment. These records, which must meet  state immunization and  hearing and vision screening requirements, need to be updated when new screenings or immunizations are given. An annual physical is required for children in the Infant, Toddler and Early Childhood programs.

The state of Texas allows certain  immunization exemptions and we follow all state guidelines.

How do you communicate with parents?

Several forms of communication are used to meet the needs of our community. These include email, texting, phone calls, Microsoft Teams, written documentation, parent/teacher conferences, a parent portal on our website, a closed Facebook group, and Bloomz, a photo/video sharing app so parents can catch glimpses of the work their children are completing.

We produce a weekly e-newsletter to keep parents informed about school-wide activities and events which is available via email, text, our closed Facebook group, the parent portal, and through Bloomz.

For infants, in additional to daily, in-person communication, teachers and parents complete a daily form so both parties know when diapers were changed, meals/snacks were eaten, and naps were taken.  

Injuries will be promptly treated by a staff member and parents will be notified either by telephone or through a copy of a completed Accident/Incident Report form. Parents will receive a short report which documents how, when, and where and accident or incident occurred.