Since we are going back to Erie for Christmas and the baby, Curt realized we will probably be in Erie through the beginning of May, which is almost the entire spring semester of Montessori. I called and they said that they will probably have kids transitioning to the next classroom after Christmas so Ian could have a spot. I mailed in my paperwork and deposit right away. I am a little worried because I mailed it right before the biggest Korean holiday. Hopefully, it will get there alright. If it doesn't arrive within 2 weeks, I will ask my mom to send in a deposit.
We are going to do the 3 day toddler program. Ian did really well at the school last year so I am hoping that he transitions back in smoothly. It is also awesome because it is affordable. It is less than 1/5 the price of 3 day tuition at the Montessori in Seoul. We can't afford it in Seoul unless the government pays. I think they will only pay for Kindergarten and up, though. I am going to try to get the details in writing on what they will pay for so we have options for next fall. He will be old enough for the base preschool that is offered through the Chaplain's office. People seem to like it. I would rather have him in Montessori, but you have to go to what is affordable and available. I can't pay $10,000 a year for preschool. I don't think that most of the people going are paying for it themselves, either. The business or government that brought them here pays in many cases.
The Embassy people get $15,000 a year for tuition because that is what the base school charges the Embassy to send the students there. So, they can choose to go on base or to a private foreign school. We are not eligible to use base schools in the States, so I bet they charge our agency as well. I think the same would apply to us, but the Embassy pays for preschool and I don't think that our agency will.