The following is our process for admissions:
- Inquiry Form / School Tour
- Classroom observation*
- Student Interview (Early Childhood/ Elementary)
- Notification of Acceptance
- Home Visit (Toddler)
*Classroom observations are encouraged but are not mandatory
School Tours and Classroom Observations
Tours are scheduled by appointment between 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. Observations are scheduled for the morning hours, October through April. To schedule an appointment, complete this Inquiry Form.
Applications are accepted year-round. Notification of acceptance begins April 1st for the academic term starting in August.
Acceptance of Qualified Students
Children are evaluated on the basis of readiness for school and potential for success in a Montessori classroom. It is equally important to determine whether the parents’ educational philosophy is compatible with that of Montessori House for Children (MHFC) and Montessori House Elementary School (MHES).
Parent Orientation is recommended for all new parents and consists of two workshops:
Montessori Journey: The Journey takes place a the start of each semester and consists of a Friday evening and Saturday morning (breakfast included). This intensive workshop provides parents with insight into the "Montessori Way" of educating children and also provides practical experiences at each level: Toddler, Early Childhood, and Elementary. Another benefit of the journey is the bonding that takes place between parents and staff.
MHFC/Montessori 101 (Toddler and Early Childhood): The 101 classes take place at the start of each semester. This class will provide you with general information about the Montessori philosophy and methodology and the benefits of a long-term Montessori education. You will also become familiar with MHFC in specifics: school handbook, calendars, volunteer opportunities and School events.
Extended family and care takers (grandparents, nannies, babysitters, etc.) are encouraged to attend both. Recommend reading prior to attending these workshops: Lillard, Paula. A Montessori, a Modern Approach and Eissler, Trevor. Montessori Madness.
Six Week Transition
In any new environment, students experience a process of assimilation. The goal in the early weeks is to introduce the areas of the classroom, learn the ground rules based on respect and embark on the lessons in the classroom. When a child is in harmony with his environment we call this reaching ‘normalization’. Within about six weeks, most students settle into the Montessori environment with ease.