MWS has a wonderful teacher-student ratio. We also have a unique program for staffing our classes with teacher assistants: we offer parents the opportunity to work one day a week in a class for the whole school year. In exchange for their teaching assistance, we give participants a significant tuition discount: $1000 off tuition for first year assistants and $1100 off tuition for second year assistants.
Another feature of this unique program is the fact that we train all our teacher assistants ourselves. If someone wants to be a teacher assistant at MWS, she must attend a 7-session training program, held one day a week from late March to mid-May. Our training program includes 3 classroom sessions taught by the directors, one session taught by an outside trainer in First Aid, and 3 sessions of real in-class experience–working side-by-side with a lead teacher and other teacher assistants. Following this training period, parents are offered a contract to work one day a week on a day that their own child attends school but not in their own child’s class.
This program has benefited both parents and the school over the years. In fact, many of our lead teachers started at MWS as teacher assistants and went on to become certified as lead teachers. Once you have the chance to teach children, you look at your own children in a very different light. Our TA’s often tell us they became better parents because they learned to see how and why their children behaved as well as how to guide them more effectively.
Our TA program is open to any parent at MWS who is willing and able to commit to the 7 session training program in the spring before beginning work in September.