Admissions Timeline for Priority Applicant Pool

All families who submitted applications by February 1 are part of the priority applicant pool and the timeline below applies. If you did not apply by the February 1 deadline, we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis. See "Admissions Procedures" section below for more details.

  • By Wednesday, March 1, 2017: Sign up for new child visit
  • March 6 - 31 - Complete new child visit
  • April 1st - Admissions notification sent for returning families
  • April 15th - Admissions notification sent for new families
  • May 1st - Non-refundable deposit due for all families
  • May 18th 6pm- Mandatory All-Family Meeting (Current and new for Fall 2017)

Admissions Policy

Children must be at least 22 months as of their start date and not older than 5 years as of September 1st of the school year for which they are applying. Children may attend 2, 3, 4, or 5 days per week and their schedule must include either a Monday or Friday (or both). The school is open September - June and follows the Boston Public School calendar for kindergarteners (traditionally starting the first Monday after Labor Day). There is also an optional six week summer program in July & August.

Ashmont Nursery School strives to create a school community that reflects the rich diversity of Dorchester and the surrounding neighborhoods. We actively seek applications from all families, regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, cultural heritage, political belief, marital status, or disability.

There are a maximum of 21 children in school each day for the regular program, and a limited number of Early Morning and Extended Day spaces. Drop-in spaces are paid for per diem, but are only available when another child's absence (vacation, illness, etc.) creates an opening.

Application Procedure

Contact the Admissions Committee to arrange for a school visit and tour. Download an admissions application here. Applications will be accepted beginning at the Fall Open House. All applications received between then and February 1 are considered to be in the same application pool. Priority is given to returning families and alumni families. Remaining seats are assigned to prospective families consistent with the availability of each family's requested schedule and ANS's diversity policy. Once the maximum enrollment limit is reached, applicants will be placed on a waiting list in the order the applications were received. The waiting list may move very dynamically in the first few weeks after admissions decisions are initially mailed out, even sometimes through the summer months.

Tuition (2017-2018 Rates)

Tuition is paid in advance and is due in 9 monthly installments, from August 1 to April 1. The deposit paid at the time of enrollment serves as the 10th payment. Unfortunately, at this time the school is not able to offer financial aid or to accept childcare vouchers.

Regular Day (8:30 AM-2:45 PM)                       Preschool (per year)                     Toddler (per year)
5-Day                                                                         $11,285                                           $12,855
4-Day                                                                         $9,200                                            $10,450
3-Day                                                                         $7,000                                            $7,940
2-Day                                                                         $4,700                                            $5,330

Other Fees

Early morning drop-off and extended day spaces can either be reserved permanently or, if unreserved spaces are available, signed up for on a first-come, first-served drop-in basis. In either case, these are billed separately:

• Early drop-off (8-8:30 am): $6 per day
• Extended Day (2:45pm - 5:15pm): $21 per day