Elementary School in Floyd VA

Enrollment Process

The Little River Outdoor School accepts application for new students year-round.  Thanks to the self-paced learning style of our curriculum, new students can join our school at any point during the year without any difficulty or gaps in their learning.

All students ages 5-12 are welcome to apply to our elementary school.  Younger students may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.  

Children who are potty trained through 5 years old are welcome to apply to our preschool.  Older children may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Special needs students and students with physical or intellectual disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Although we don’t have the ability to accommodate all types of special needs students, we evaluate each student on a case-by-case basis.  The type of instruction provided at a forest school can often be quite helpful for certain types of special needs students, and we make every effort to accommodate them.

Enrollment process

We have a simple 4-step enrollment process:

  • Step 1: Schedule a tour of the school and meet our staff.
  • Step 2: Submit completed enrollment forms.
  • Step 3: Make first tuition payment and registration fee.
  • Step 4: Arrange a transition plan for your child.

Details for each step are outlined below.

Tour our school and meet the staff

The first step in enrolling your child at Little River Outdoor School is to schedule a tour of our forest campus and meet our staff.  This will give you the chance to ask any questions you have about forest school and get a sense of what it’s like.  We can also answer any questions you have about tuition assistance and/or special needs your child might have at that time.  Your child is welcome to attend this tour and encouraged to do so, but it is not required.

Submit completed enrollment forms and read through student handbook

There are forms that must be completed as part of the enrollment process.   Because of the nature of our school, in addition to the usual enrollment forms you’d expect to fill out for any school, there are also specific waivers required by the state related to some of the activities we do at our school (such as a permission form for swimming and wading, for example).  

Click here to see a list of all forms. 

Click here to download our student handbook for the elementary school, or here to download the handbook for the preschool.  These handbooks contains all the policies and procedures for our school.

Make first tuition payment

Tuition at the Little River Outdoor School for the elementary school is $6,000 per year. Ten monthly payments of $600 can be made.  

For the preschool, tuition is $1500 yearly. Ten monthly payments of$150 per month can be made.

Tuition assistance is available—see section below for more information.  

No payments are due for December or January, during winter break. Payment is due on or before the 1st day of each month. Cash, checks or mobile payment such as Venmo or Zelle are accepted.

Failure to pay on time will result in an additional charge of $15 per day per child for a grace period of five days before you will be asked not to return with your child. Your child’s spot can be filled after 10 days of nonpayment, and there is no guarantee a spot will be available later. If you wish to return, your child’s name may be placed on the waiting list.

Payment is due whether your child attends class or not. If class is canceled for reasons other than weather or covid-19, you will be credited those days. You will not be credited cancellations due to weather or covid-19. If a monthly payment plan is in place, payment is expected monthly for twelve months.

Any returned checks will incur a $35 fee and $15 per day per child fee until payment is received in full.

A $75 registration fee will be charged per child.

If your child does not attend for 30 days, your enrollment can be terminated if we are not notified of your absence.

A $600 non-refundable deposit will be required to be placed on our waiting list.

Tuition assistance

Little River Outdoor School partners with Virginia's Child Care Subsidy program, parents, local departments of Social Services, and the Division of Child Care and Early Childhood Development of the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS).

The Child Care Subsidy Program assists families in paying child care costs for children under age 13 who are not eligible to attend public school during the part of the day when public education is available, or children with special needs under age 18 who reside with the applicant.

Click here to learn more about this program and find out how to apply through the Commonwealth of Virginia, or watch the video below about how to use the Common Help application system.