Thank you for your interest in joining our tribe!

Our community actively fosters a sense of belonging, for both children and parents alike. 

We look forward to speaking with you about our community, philosophy and program. 


We accept children ages 5 - 11 years old** into our Primary School.  Your child must be 5 years old by October 1, 2020.

** Children who are younger than 5 years old may enroll into our Nature Preschool.


The enrollment process begins in DECEMBER and includes:

    1) arranging a parent tour of the school OR attending a family open house. - Please contact us for more information                                                                          while our school is not able to facilitate visits at this time due to COVID-19

    2) submitting an application for enrollment with a nonrefundable $65 registration fee

    3) scheduling a Stay+ Play visit for your child (not required at this time)


A 10% deposit of the annual tuition is required to confirm your child's enrollment.  

If you enroll siblings at PONS, each child will receive a 5% discount off of their program tuition. 

Our school year is from September 2020 - June 2021.


December 2nd

        Application is live on the website


        Stay & Play visits for new applicants are scheduled

February 4th

        Current families admission notifications are emailed

February 15th

        Current families enrollment confirmation and deposits** are due

March 3rd

        New families admission notifications are emailed 

March 15th

        New families enrollment confirmation and deposits** are due

Applications will be accepted until classes are full.  Please email to check available openings.

**Non-refundable after April 1st.

(adults only please)
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(children welcome)
Admissions FAQ's:

We are not ready to return to our current school for remote learning in the fall do you offer part-time enrollment?

To support families who aren't ready to return for remote learning, we're offering seasonal enrollment  (min. 3 month commitment) at Painted Oak to provide academics and socialization until the time in which you feel comfortable returning to public school.  Your child would be a part of our K-6 primary program which, within the new health guidelines, will be implemented outside in a Forest School setting as we believe the outdoors to be much safer than indoors at this time.  Part-time enrollment would be a minimum 3 month commitment.  With 30 days notice you can cancel your enrollment at the end of the session and register your child for school in your district when you are ready to attend or extend your contract with Painted Oak for another 3 months. 


We are a homeschooling family. Can we enroll part-time at Painted Oak?

Beginning Fall, 2020, we are excited to announce that PONS will extend enrollment to homeschooling families. Children who are registered as homeschoolers may join our Nature School for community building, enrichment, and project-based self-directed learning 2, 3, or 4 days a week. Please see our Homeschool Support page for schedule options.

What is involved when completing the application?

Our application is completely online and can be accessed through our website starting in December.  You will create a family account where you will be able to access your application, complete enrollment documents and submit tuition payments in the future.  The set up of your account and completing the application will take a little bit of time so please make sure you allow for this.  Here you will select the program(s) and the number of days desired for your child’s schedule. We will try our best to accommodate you.


What happens during a Stay + Play?

This is a great opportunity for you and your child to see what it is really like to become an Oaker.  You and your child will spend about thirty minutes to an hour immersed with one of our classes to get a feel for what a day in the life looks like here.


How are admission decisions made?

Applications are reviewed in the order that they are received, however, Painted Oak does not admit students on a first-come, first-served basis. Rather, in making admissions decisions, we are dedicated to:

                 ** sustaining our school's commitment to cooperative, multiage learning environments

                 ** creating class rosters that balance age, gender, and learning style

Is there a deposit to confirm my child’s spot for the Fall?

A 10% deposit of the annual tuition is required to confirm your child's enrollment at our school.  For families who maintain their contract, the deposit will be applied to the tuition for the month of June.

If you enroll siblings at PONS, each child will receive a 5% discount off of their program tuition. 


When and how will I be notified about admission decisions?

Admission decisions will be communicated through email for new applicants by March 3.  However, if spots are still available, we will continue to accept applications until the classes are full.  Please email to check available openings.


What if my child is placed on the wait list?

If after admission decisions are made and your child is placed on the wait list there may still be a chance that a spot could become available.  We regularly assess openings available in each class and use the wait list to inform families when availability exists. 


If, and when, there is an open space, preference is given in the following order:

  1. Currently enrolled family requesting a change of schedule or classroom

  2. Currently enrolled family requesting enrollment of a sibling

  3. Waitlisted families


If an opening arises prior to, or during the school year, we will notify you.​


I am looking to enroll my child for a future school year since she/he is too young to attend in 2020-2021.  Should I complete an application now?

We only tour and enroll children for the upcoming school year.  If you are interested in Painted Oak for your child for a future school year please complete our Early Notification form.  Once admissions for that school year begins you will be notified.

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174 Lambertville Hopewell Road 

Hopewell, New Jersey  08525



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