Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q. Why should I choose Hamilton International Academy?
A. Hamilton International Academy offers the advantage of being a part of an independent school where learning takes center stage. The children use the state-of-the-art facilities that are hallmarks of Hamilton International Academy. In addition to being experienced early childhood educators, the teachers are a part of the greater learning community of Hamilton International Academy. This allows students in our school to have the opportunity to interact with older Hamilton students.
Q. What method do you follow to teach the Children?
A. The HAMILTON method aims to educate children by following the Montessori Philosophy. The Montessori Method capitalizes on these sensitive periods by presenting children with individualized learning experiences that both intrigue and challenge them. At Hamilton, our curriculum and materials are adapted to suit everyone from the very youngest members of our community to the very oldest. Our materials teach through hands-on learning, spontaneous engagement, active involvement, and self-directed activity. They have a control of error inherent in their design. This allows children to work independently, unafraid to make mistakes and to become comfortable with the fact that errors are essential to the process of learning. While making independent choices and exploring concepts largely on their own, Montessori students construct their own sense of individual identity. They become independent and confident individuals.
Q. How do I apply?
A. The School academic year is from Jan. to Dec. The admission may be granted during other months also depending upon the availability of seats. A Birth Certificate as a proof of age from the Civic Body is required at the time of Registration. Two passport sized photographs and immunization records are to be submitted at the time of Registration. You may submit an application for admission online at www.hamiltoninternationalacademy.com apply or download our application packet of the year preceding enrollment.
Q. How will my child be assessed during the admission process?
A. Each applicant visits with the class teachers that is appropriate for your child's age and is given a one-on-one assessment. Our purpose is to ensure that each applicant has a positive experience during their visit to Hamilton International Academy.
Q. What are the school hours?
A. Regular school hours is from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After school care programs are available from 3:00pm-6:00pm. for those who require it for an additional fee)
Q. Can anyone else pick up my child?
A. Only those whose name is on file are authorized to pick up your child. If someone other than the child's custodial parent/guardian will be picking up the child from the center, please notify the center Director in advance. We will ask for proper identification (must be a photo I.D.) before releasing your child to someone other than his/her custodial parent/guardian. It is not necessary to go over sign in/out procedures with your guest. We will gladly assist them with this process.
Q. What is your Discipline Policy?
A. Hamilton International Academy views discipline as the opportunity to direct children toward respect for themselves and others. Both positive and negative feelings are normal and your child will be guided in learning to express these feelings in socially acceptable ways which are not destructive to themselves and others. Corporal punishment (spanking or hitting) is NOT a method of discipline used at Hamilton International Academy. We strive to bring out the best behavior in each child by using a variety of positive, motivational methods. These methods include the arrangement of materials in the room, praise, holding/comfort, temporary removal from the group, and frequent interaction with adult role models. Most importantly, parental encouragement of proper classroom behavior is the most effective method and we appreciate your support.
Q. Does My Child need to be potty-trained to attend Hamilton International Academy?
A. We strongly recommend that children be toilet trained before beginning classes. However, the teachers are willing to work closely with parents to assist in this process. When your child is ready to learn to use the potty, close and frequent communication between the parent and teacher is necessary. Learning to use the potty should be a positive experience with lots of encouragement for doing well. Our teachers are aware of, and look for indicators, that a child is ready to learn to use the potty. Learning to use the potty requires consistency and patience, and can only be effective when the child is ready and with parent participation. If you feel your child is ready to learn to use the potty, talk to the center Director.
Q. How do you determine the placement of the child?
A. Children are placed according to age, social, and emotional development. When we feel your child is ready for an older group, we will discuss the matter with you. If you feel your child is ready for an older group, feel free to contact us to discuss the circumstances and/or request a Child Relocation Form.
Q. What is the teacher to Student to teacher ratio in the classroom?
A. The efforts are made to keep it low to give them good care. The child and adult ratio normally is 10:1.
Q. How do you communicate with parents?
A. Effective communication between center and parent is our number one goal. Please make sure we have current, actively used contact numbers on file. Also, for preschool children, classroom news, conduct reports, and other classroom information are placed in "take home" folders. Take home folders are sent home each Friday and should be returned each Monday. Daily Reports (0- 2 only) are sent home with child daily. Please inform the Director if you are not receiving your child's "take home" folder and/or Daily Report. We encourage each and every parent/guardian to share their questions, concerns or comments with us. No matter how small you may think it is, please let us know. We want you to be confident in the care we give your child. Perhaps you do not have a question or concern to address-only compliments-we'd love to hear those, as well.
Q. How do you involve parents in your programs?
A. All Hamilton International Academy parents belong to the Parents' Association. There are many ways to become involved in community-wide committees such as the School Book Fair, Grandparents and Special Friends Day, Family Fun Day and Spring Fling, most field trips, Dad's Night Out, and an annual fall events through this organization. We strongly encourage parent involvement in all center and classroom activities. Your involvement is much appreciated and pertinent to the success of day to day operations and extra curricular activities.
Q. How will i know how my child is progressing?
A. Our desire is to keep you informed about your child's development. Formal progress reports are completed for 2, 3, 4 and K-Readiness classes in February and May. This gives you the opportunity to discuss how your child is developing appropriate to their age.
Q. How do i withdraw of my Child's Enrollment?
A. To withdraw your child's enrollment at our facility, we require one semester advance written notice so that we may contact a parent on our waiting list. More information on child withdrawal can be found on the Parent's Handbook of Policies and Procedure. If you require a copy of this handbook, please contact the Director.
Q. Are Books necessary?
A. Specially designed Activity Books are used according to the age group of children. These are tailor made for concept development and are full of exciting activities for the children.
Q. Do you organize Summer Camps?
A. Summer Camps with many activities and games are organized in nearly all the classes. A detailed information along with the charges as per the activity is provided before the Summer Break.
Q. Is School Uniform compulsory?
A. The specially designed colourful uniform is recommended. This tradition contributes a strong sense of community at the School with an added benefit of having a neat & well groomed child.
Q. If my child had fever last night, can he/she still attend?
A. No, we require that a child be free of fever, vomiting and/or diarrhea for a minimum of 24 hours before entering Hamilton International Academy. Adherence to this policy is important to protect the health of all children in our department. For further information, please visit the parents Handbook of Policy and Procedures.
"..You must not admit an ill child for care if one or more of the following exists.
- 1. The illness prevents the child from participating comfortably in child care center activities including outdoor play;
- 2. The illness results in a greater need for care than the caregivers can provide without compromising the health, safety, supervision (and general consideration) for the other children in care;
- 3. The child has one of the following, unless medical evaluation by a healthcare professional indicates that you can include the child in the childcare center's activities:
- A. Oral temperature of 101 degrees or greater, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness;
- b. Rectal temperature of 102 degrees or greater, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness;
- c. Armpit temperature of 100 degrees or greater, accompanied by behavior changes or other signs or symptoms of illness;
- d. Symptoms and signs of possible severe illness such as lethargy, abnormal breathing, uncontrolled diarrhea, two or more vomiting episodes in a 24 hours, rash with fever, mouth sores with drooling, behavior changes, or other signs that the child may be severely ill;
- 4. A healthcare professional has diagnosed the child with a communicable disease, and the child does not have medical documentation to indicate that the child is no longer contagious."