Frequently Asked Questions

What is the teacher to student ratio?
Our ratio is 2 teachers for 12 students. One English-speaking teacher and one Mandarin-speaking teacher. Both teachers have over 15 years of experience working with children and both possess Master's Degrees.

How old does my child have to be to attend Little Lighthouse?
Our programs target children 3-5 years old. Children must be potty trained and able to sit still for at least 5 minutes of circle time.

Do you serve meals at school? If so, what do you serve?
Yes, the school provides a morning snack and lunch. Snacks usually consist of crackers, fruit/vegetables and water. Lunches include a balanced meal (meat/egg/tofu, vegetables, rice/noodles/pasta), milk and fruit. Typical entrée items include: fried rice, soup noodles, spaghetti, beef stew, fried noodles, etc.

I am interested in enrolling my child at Little Lighthouse, how do I proceed?
Parents are encouraged to visit the preschool before making a decision and may contact us at littlelighthouseps@yahoo.com to set up an appointment. Once you decide the school is the right fit for your family, please fill out the registration form (under the enrollment tab on our website @ www.littlelighthouseps.com and mail it in along with $75 non-refundable registration fee.

What do I need to bring on the first day of school?
On the first day of school, please bring a spare set of clothing (all items labeled and placed in a Ziploc bag with your child's name on it), an initialed copy of the Policy Document, the state required forms and your child's original immunization record (which will be returned to you). All forms can be found on our website under the enrollment tab. Monthly tuition (or a prorated tuition) and a one-month deposit are also required on the first day of school.

Should I allow my child bring toys to school?
We ask that toys be kept at home to prevent loss or damage. Children may bring one thing on Thursdays and Fridays for Show-and-Tell (following to the Show-and-Tell theme).

What time does school start?
The school opens at 8:30 a.m. Children are encouraged to arrive for free play between 8:30 a.m. and 9:25 a.m. Our circle time starts promptly at 9:30 a.m. To ensure each student receive the maximum benefit from our curriculum it is important for everyone to arrive before 9:30 a.m. Chronic tardiness significantly impacts the academic success of the student and is extremely disruptive to the class.

What is your charge for late pick-ups?
The charge for late pick-up (after 1:30 p.m.) is $1.00 per minute. This is to encourage parents to be prompt and minimize problems that may arise when teachers are unable to stay due to personal or family commitments. Fees collected will be contributed towards the school's sponsor child fund.

Do you celebrate the children's birthday?
Yes, parents may bring a small treat (e.g. cupcakes with little or no frosting) and/or a small gift to share with the class to celebrate a student's birthday.