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Admissions Process

MCS welcomes children, ages 18 months through 8th grade, from all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, family structures, or sexual orientations. MCS strives to maintain a balanced enrollment. Children with special needs will be admitted when their needs can be met in our mixed-age Montessori classrooms with reasonable accommodations. Priority is given to returning students, siblings, and transferring Montessori students. Siblings receive a 10% tuition discount. After these considerations, children are accepted from those in the waiting pool according to their stated program preference and long-term school goals.

MCS hosts admissions events throughout the year and accepts applications on an ongoing basis. Applications received by February are considered for the following school year with new family interviews beginning in January and continuing through the spring.

All prospective families are invited to attend one or more of our Admissions Events, complete an Application and pay the accompanying, non-refundable application fee of $100 for the first child ($50 for each sibling) to begin the application process. Families who submit an application are encouraged to spend a morning observing in the classroom.

Once our current families return their contracts in mid-February, we are able to determine our openings for the following year. Contracts will be extended through the mail and must be returned by the provided deadline to secure the spot for the student.

Toddler and Primary Admissions

As applications are processed, parents and prospective students will be invited for an informational interview and encouraged to observe in classrooms. All forms are available for download in the Application and Forms area.

Elementary Admissions

Parents of applicants to the elementary grades (1st - 6th grades) are encouraged to observe the program, complete an application, and arrange for confidential teacher recommendation forms, progress reports, transcripts, and standardized testing scores to be mailed to MCS. All forms are available for download in the Application and Forms area. Following the receipt of this information, applicants and their families will be scheduled for an interview and a visit: two consecutive days for Montessori transfer students and three consecutive days for non-Montessori transfer students. A three-day visit provides us with insight as to how the applicant would transition successfully to our Montessori environment.

Adolescent Admissions

Parents of applicants to the adolescent program are encouraged to observe, complete an application, and arrange for confidential teacher recommendation forms, progress reports, transcripts, and standardized testing scores to be mailed to MCS. Parents and students also complete separate questionnaires. All forms are available for download in the Application and Forms area. Following the receipt of this information, applicants and their families will be scheduled for an interview and a three-day student visit.

Transcripts and/or Records

If applicable, parents of new students currently in a school setting, should download and send a Record Release Form to their child’s current school.

New Family Acceptance Fee

Each new family is required to pay a non-refundable acceptance fee of $1,200 at the time of enrollment. This is a one-time payment for each family regardless of how many children are eventually enrolled in the school or how long the family has a child enrolled.