The Alexander Parents Association (APA) offers an element of social interaction among the parents, as well as an opportunity to coordinate and to enhance the children's Montessori experience with enrichment programs and extracurricular activities.
The combined resources and talents of Alexander Montessori School parents are formidable. The APA seeks to coordinate these resources and talents to provide a platform for interaction, cooperation, and socialization among the parents. All parents are invited to attend APA meetings, volunteer their time toward APA-sponsored activities and events, and contribute their ideas and suggestions that serve to improve the organization and the various enrichment programs offered.
What is the APA?
All families are automatically members of the APA, and all children benefit from APA activities. The Alexander Parents Association (APA) is a volunteer, parent-run organization whose mission is to enhance the quality of the education, student life, and spirit of the Alexander Montessori School community by coordinating and sponsoring programs and events to benefit and enrich the experience of students, parents, and Staff of the School, throughout the school year. This mission is accomplished through our wonderfully dedicated parent volunteers!
The APA Activity Fee, which is a nominal fee per student and is paid together with tuition, helps underwrite APA events for which there are no ticket sales (Snow Day, Halloween Carnival, Welcome Cocktail Party, Faculty/Staff Year-End Appreciation Luncheon, etc.), while our fundraisers are a necessary supplement to cover the cost of our many wonderful programs, events, and enrichment experiences throughout the year. The APA Gala & Silent Auction is our largest fundraiser.
How is the APA different from a traditional PTA?
A traditional PTA includes the teachers, to involve the school community in considering aspects of the curriculum and other classroom issues the school may face. Here at Alexander, every parent has a direct line of communication with their child’s teacher and the school administration, and any questions or concerns can be raised immediately and directly, without the need for a PTA “intermediary.” This frees up the Parents’ Association to focus on building a meaningful school community for our children, and offering an opportunity for Parents to facilitate the enrichment activities, volunteer within the school community, and to model cooperation and involvement, teaching our children by our example.