Getting started at MMS
At MMS, we consider all children for admission based upon their readiness for school, potential for success in a Montessori classroom and our enrollment capacity. MMS is a non-profit organization that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, creed, ethnic or national origin or religion in its admission policy.
The admissions process consists of:
- a school tour/classroom observations for parents
- submission of an application form,
- payment of a $50 nonrefundable application fee,
- payment of a nonrefundable deposit equal to one-tenth of the tuition for the school year,
- and a classroom visit and/or interview, depending on the age of the child.
School tour/classroom observations
The school tour is a vital part of the admissions process. An individualized tour introduces basic Montessori principles and practices and allows parents to observe classrooms at all levels. Tours are for parents only.
Classroom visit and/or interviews
Children who are applying as new students to our school will go through an admissions process that may involve meeting the teacher and spending some time in the classroom. All admissions decisions are made after consultations between faculty and administrators, based on a variety of factors.
Criteria for eligibility
- Primary half-day program (ages 3-5 years): Children must be three years old on or before September 1 and must be toilet trained.
- Primary extended-day Program (ages 4- 1/2 – 6 years): Assessment of readiness by the faculty is required for admission to the primary extended day program.
- Lower Elementary Program (ages 6 – 9 years): All children will be considered for admission.
- Upper Elementary Program (ages 9 – 12 years): All children will be considered for admission.
- Adolescent Program (ages 13-14): All children will be considered for admission.
Important note: Because a Montessori education is built upon a series of three-year cycles, admission to the elementary or middle school programs without prior Montessori experience is considered only after careful discussion with parents and teachers.
The Admissions Committee is comprised of an administrator, a primary-level teacher and an elementary-level teacher. The committee considers several factors, including age, prior Montessori experience, class composition and the compatibility of the parents’ educational philosophy with that of MMS. In the event that the Admissions Committee is unable to admit an applicant, the deposit will be fully refunded. All enrollments are subject to classroom capacity.
For information about our tuition rates, payment options and financial aid programs, please contact our office at 304/342-7870.