Toilet Training

Does my child need to be toilet trained in order to attend Sunrise Montessori? Your child does not need to be toilet trained in order to attend Sunrise.  
We are happy to assist with toilet training as long as primary toilet training occurs at home.  We ask that families commit to the toilet training process and do not use diapers or pull-ups, except during sleep, once the toilet training process has begun.
However your child will need to be toilet trained to advance from the Stars Group to the Suns Group.


When do I need to enroll my child? For children enrolling at the beginning of the school year:
Please make an appointment to tour the school or attend a weekend Open House, have your child attend a morning class and return a completed application during Open Enrollment in April of the year you would like to enroll. 

Upon review of the application, your child(ren) will be accepted provisionally, pending receipt of the completed enrollment package and deposit. 

Once the enrollment package has been reviewed and approved, your child’s admission will be formally accepted and you will receive a letter of acceptance. This guarantees their place at Sunrise.

For children enrolling during the year: Please schedule a tour, have your child attend a morning class and return a completed application as soon as possible.  Upon review of the application, your child(ren) will be provisionally accepted and placed in the waiting pool, with placement pending availability. 

Once a placement has opened, you will need to complete the enrollment package and provide the deposit. After the enrollment package has been reviewed and approved, your child’s admission will be formally accepted and you will receive a letter or phone call of acceptance. This guarantees their place at Sunrise.

What is a classroom visit? We request that all applicants schedule a classroom visit as part of the enrollment process. Typically a classroom visit is about 20-30 minutes long and involves the child participating in classroom activities with current students while the parent observes. 

​When can I schedule a tour of Sunrise? How do I RSVP?
Please contact the office to schedule a tour. Most tours take about 20 minutes and include an overview of the program, a visit to each of the classrooms, an explanation of purpose for some of the works the children use and a tour of the playgrounds and lunch area.  We do not offer walk-in tours; all tours must be scheduled in advance.

Sunrise Montessori hosts three Open House events each Spring. Please RSVP by contacting the office, either by phone or email to attend an Open House.

If you are relocating from out of town and need to request a special time or day for your tour, we will do our best to accommodate your travel schedule. 

I’m interested in Sunrise and I would like observe a classroom, do you allow parental observations? Parents are welcome to set up a time to observe a classroom, however we request that you make other child care provisions for your child(ren) during this visit.

Do you accept applications more than a school year in advance?
No, we do not accept applications more than 8 months from anticipated enrollment. 

For example, if you wish to enroll your child at the start of the school year in September, we suggest you attend one of the three weekend Open House events during the Spring prior to your preferred enrollment date, or schedule a personal tour.

Open enrollment begins in April and the available spaces fill up quickly.  In order to ensure your preferred attendance schedule, we suggest that you have attended an Open House or taken a tour and have the application paperwork returned at the beginning of April.  Once you have turned in your application and it has been reviewed, you will receive the enrollment paperwork.  Your child will not be enrolled until the enrollment paperwork, deposit and registration fee are received – this completes the process.

Part of the application process is meeting your child and seeing how they interact in a school environment. If your child is under the admissions age of 2 years old, the admissions process would be pending an age appropriate classroom visit at 18-24 months.

My child is very fair skinned; can you apply sun screen/block on my child? The Sunrise Montessori playground uses shade sails, trees and sun umbrellas to provide adequate play space both in and out of the sun.

Protection from the sun starts at home; please make sure your child is thoroughly covered in sunscreen before he or she arrives at school.  If your child is very fair skinned, please make sure that they are dressed in clothing that will protect them from the sun – extra small shorts and tank tops may help keep them cool, but it doesn’t protect them from sunburn!

In order for staff to reapply sunscreen, you must sign a Sun Screen Release for your child’s file and keep appropriate sunscreen products available in your child’s cubby. Please do not send spray sunscreen products to school.

Staff will reapply sunscreen after lunch for children who attend the afternoon classes, or after nap for children who will be staying later than 3:00pm.

Does Sunrise provide snacks and lunch? Sunrise provides a morning (around 10:00am) and afternoon snack (between 3:45pm-4:00pm) that generally consists of a grain, a fruit or vegetable and a protein.

We request that you do not send junk food (potato chips, cookies, candy, yogurt in a tube, soda, etc) and that lunches include something from each food group – a protein, a grain, and a fruit or vegetable. 

I would like to send my child to school on some days for a half-day schedule and other days for a full-day schedule, is this possible? Yes, just complete the application and enrollment forms and designate which days you would like which schedule.  We will do our best to accommodate your needs. 

However, you should understand that by adjusting your child’s schedule into a mix of half-day and full or extended day options, it also maximizes the tuition impact, it does not lessen it. 

I want my child to attend Sunrise Montessori and another school.
We do not accept dual enrollment.

Young children have a lot to learn, it’s a very exciting time and it can be a very confusing time.  Everything they do is new, they are figuring out how the world works and where they fit in it.  Young children come with a lot of expectations and rules – at home, at their grandparent’s homes, at their friend’s homes, and at school.  It’s simply too much to ask a child to adapt into two learning environments and expect them to learn the rules and be successful.

Your school is located on the Eastside, how does this impact the school? We are located at 1201 E Yanonali, one block from the Salinas roundabout and across the street from the Eastside Park. Franklin Elementary School, one of the oldest and largest elementary schools in Santa Barbara, is one short block away, as is the Eastside Library and the Eastside Community Center.  The Santa Barbara Police Department has a substation at the Eastside Community Center.

Because of our proximity to Franklin Elementary, Sunrise Montessori is within the School Safety Zone.  This means that any unlawful activities, ranging from loitering to felonies, are subjected to increased penalties under California law. 

California takes school safety seriously, and will not tolerate crime in or around schools. Schools and their surrounding neighborhoods must be safe havens for our children.  Due to the location of the Santa Barbara Police Eastside substation, should we ever need police assistance, they are less than a minute away.

Fortunately, in over 20 years at this location, we have never had an issue at our safe, secure campus.

How secure is your school? From the front gate that takes two hands to open – one latch on the inside and one latch on the outside, to the child safety gate in front of the STARS Group classroom, Sunrise Montessori considers safety and security at each turn.

When students are playing outdoors, the staff is always alert to what is happening on the playground and in the neighborhood.  When students are in the classroom, the staff is alert to the sound of the front gate and they will check to see who is arriving each time they hear it. 

When the older students are in the park or garden across the street, the student:staff ratio is never greater than 9:1, even though California law allows for a 12:1 ratio.

Sunrise Montessori takes the safety and security of your children very seriously, and in over 20 years at this location we have never had an issue with unwanted visitors or children running off the property.

What is the park across the street used for? During the day, we often see neighborhood parents take their children to the playground and senior citizens work in the community garden.  A favorite for the Sunrise students is when the city workers park their huge garbage trucks at the park and BBQ at lunch.

In the evenings and on weekends, local AYSO teams practice at the park, and families celebrate birthdays and have BBQs and picnics in the park.

What we do not experience at the Eastside Park are any issues with homeless persons, gangs, or disorderly conduct.  This is because the park is within the School Safety Zone and the Santa Barbara Police Department keep a close eye on the park and the neighborhood.

I noticed there are power lines on the street; I’m concerned about this. Please note there is a difference between high-tension power lines and neighborhood power lines.  You may have noticed that high-tension power lines frequently have a wide green space or park running underneath and alongside the path of the high-tension power lines.  This clear space is designed to keep businesses and homes from being built in the most powerful electromagnetic fields around the high-tension power lines.

The neighborhood power lines on E. Yanonali contain power, cable, and telecommunications lines. These neighborhood power lines do not emit powerful electromagnetic fields, and the EMF fields are frequently completely dissipated by the time is reaches the ground. 

​You may notice that the power lines “hum” when it is foggy. This is due to “corona discharge” – during wet weather the noise level is much higher due to the presence of drops of water on the underside of the conductors. These water drops break up and the departing ion portions cause discharges in the water-to-water gap, hence the ‘hum’.