Admissions

The following is our process for admissions:

School Tours and Classroom Observations

Tours are scheduled by appointment between 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Observations are scheduled during the morning hours, October through April.  To schedule an appointment, complete this Inquiry Form.

Applications

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:

MHFC School Orientation (Toddler and Early Childhood): A school orientation takes 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 the school's handbook,  opportunities for involvement and after school extracurricular programs.

Classroom Orientation (Early Childhood and Elementary): At the start of each school year, parents are invited to attend their child's classroom orientation.  The classroom orientation provides parents with specific information about the classroom.

Montessori Journey:  The Journey takes place in January 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.

Extended family and caretakers (grandparents, nannies, babysitters, etc.) are encouraged to attend.  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.