Role of parents in program
As has been the case since its inception, the success of Perth Children’s House Montessori School comes down to the support from the community of families and friends that it establishes within the greater community of Perth. PCH is a non-profit, parent-run school, which means that families’ involvement and assistance is required in order to operate the school. In an attempt to keep tuition affordable, the school relies heavily on parent volunteerism. In addition to the financial benefit, volunteerism helps parents become involved in life at Perth Children’s House, which helps build a strong community of families, one of our core values.
It is expected that each family will contribute their gifts, experience, and time through the different volunteering and fundraising opportunities that occur during the year. This not only involves driving for field trips, but also serving on the Board of Directors, which administers the school, and/or on various committees that are responsible for advising the board, and for the day-to-day operations of the school and its activities. These include, but are not limited to: special events, fundraising, governance, laundry & cleaning, maintenance, communications, and field trips & community outreach.
Each family must contribute a minimum of 10 hours (Casa) and 40 hours (Elementary) of volunteerism throughout the year, or they may choose to pay a non-refundable opt-out fee at the beginning of the school year.
Attendance at one board meeting per year (of your choosing) and the Annual General Meeting are mandatory, for all families.
The elementary program families will also commit to meeting as needed, up to once per month, and these meetings are also mandatory. Paying an opt-out fee does not exempt attendance at these meetings nor does attendance at meetings count towards the minimum volunteer hour requirement as it is viewed as a requirement for all families to actively participate in our community-minded program.