Enrollment Procedures for New Students

The first step for enrollment in The Montessori School is to contact the school office to make an appointment to tour our campus. All prospective families must arrange a visit to the school for this meeting that usually lasts around one hour. Please do not bring the prospective child to this initial meeting.

This first meeting includes an introduction to the school's philosophy and methodology, a tour of the campus and educational environments, and an extended question and answer session with Dr. Dooly. After your initial meeting, the following steps for enrollment occur:

  1. Complete and submit the application form and the nonrefundable application fee to the school office
  2. Schedule a time with the school for an interview with the prospective student
  3. After the interview, a decision about the appropriate placement of the applicant is communicated to the parents. If the recommended placement is accepted by the parents and they wish to enroll the child, an enrollment contract is filled out at that time and the committment fee of $200.00 is due.
  4. A student is considered enrolled ONLY when the $200.00 Commitment Fee is paid and a contract is signed and returned to the school. All subsequent paperwork must be completed by the indicated deadlines.
  5. Current students and their siblings are re-enrolled/enrolled in January.
  6. Open enrollment for Fall (August) begins February 1st.
  7. At all other times of the school year, admissions to our primary program are done on a "rolling" basis: that is, children are both considered and accepted as and when spaces become available. We do not accept elementary students to our program mid-year unless they are coming from another Montessori School.
  8. Prospective families are encouraged to begin the enrollment process the year before they wish their child to attend.
  9. Placements are determined by the Head of School and the lead classroom teachers according to the Montessori principles balancing age and gender in the classroom.
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