The admission process usually starts with questions—lots of them. In addition to the answers you’ll find here, we encourage you to call us to schedule a tour, where you can meet with one of our staff and have all of your questions answered.
Do you have a wait pool? Is it on a first come first serve basis?
We have a wait pool of applicants for all of our communities.
Applicants are chosen from the wait pool based on many factors. The primary point of evaluation is that of readiness for school and potential for success in a Montessori classroom. For the EC classrooms, independent toileting is an important gauge of this readiness. Priority is given to siblings of currently enrolled students. The age and gender of the applicant are also taken into consideration as MHFC does its best to balance classroom environments.
What are the tuition prices?
Please see our Tuition page for our tuition rates and fees.
What are your teacher - student ratios?
1 Adult to 6 Toddlers, 1 Adult to 14 Early Childhood (3-6 yrs.), 1 Adult to 15 Elementary (6-9 yrs.)
How many new students do you accept each school year?
The number of students accepted each year varies according to the number of current students who transition to the next community; Toddler -Early Childhood- Elementary. We sometimes have additional openings during the school year due to current families relocating.
Can my child come 2 or 3 days a week?
All of our programs are 5-days a week, which provides better stability for the children and the classroom environments.
Do you have a Kindergarten program?
The last year of our Early Childhood program (~3 to~6)serves students of the same age as a traditional kindergarten class.
Are meals and diapers included in the tuition price?
Diapers should be provided by the parents.
Breakfast is provided for full day children, and is included within tuition cost.
Lunch may either be brought from home, or purchased through a lunch catering company which acts as our lunch provider.
The catered lunch charge is seperate from tuition, and is payable directly to the lunch provider.
At what age do you recommend starting a child in Montessori?
Montessori programs are available from birth through high school.
At our school, our youngest community is the Toddler Community in which we accept children as young as 16 months of age. Joining the Toddler Community at this age allows a child to experience the full benefit of the Toddler Community and to gain the confidence and independence needed to thrive within our Early Childhood Community.
Within the Early Childhood Community, the child builds upon the foundation which was laid within the Toddler Community. By the end of their final year in Early Childhood, they have constructed a framework of academic and social skills which prepares them to join our Elementary Community.
While we do not have a middle school program at MHFC, there are Montessori middle schools in the Houston area. Historically alumni have also gone on to attend private schools, public schools, or various forms of home schooling.
Is this a year-round school?
MHFC is open year-round, however the summer curriculum varies community to community.
The Toddler Full-Day Community runs as a year-round Montessori program led by a credentialed guide/lead teacher. The Toddler Extended-Day Community runs as an academic-year program (Aug-May) led by credentialed guide/lead teacher.
Our Early Childhood and Elementary Communities have academic-year Montessori programs led by credentialed guides/lead teachers.
A Montessori summer program is being piloted this summer in one of our Early Childhood community environments. This program will be led by a credentialed guide/lead teacher.
A culturally themed summer program for Elementary and Early Childhood students will also be available. These programs will be led by our assistants.