Admissions Process & Forms

Thank you for your interest in The Montessori School!

Our admissions process is designed to help us get to know your family, and to introduce you to our school community and philosophy. Together, we can ensure that our program is a great fit for your child! If you have questions at any time, please email us or call (269) 349-3248

To begin the admissions process, please fill out our online initial inquiry form.

We encourage you to review our website to learn more about our school. You can scroll down to view answers to frequently asked questions, and visit our pages on our school history, philosophy, and our staff.

1. Attend an Open House or schedule a tour. At this time, you will meet some of our staff and have the opportunity to see a classroom.

2022 Open Houses 
*RSVP is required due to limited space following our COVID safety protocols

Preschool & Kindergarten Open House 
Wednesday, January 26th, 4:30-6:30pm: Space Available. Email to secure your space to attend.

Elementary Open House 
Thursday, February 3rd, 7-8pm: Space Available. Email to secure your space to attend.

 2. Complete and return this application, along with the $50 non-refundable application fee per family.

– If accepted and space is available, you will receive a contract to review and submit. Signed contracts, along with the appropriate deposit and fees (see contract for current-year details) secure a space in the classroom. If your child is accepted but there are no openings, they will be placed on a waiting list until an opening exists.

– If the cost of tuition is a concern, please visit our tuition assistance page for more information about how to apply.

Questions, comments, or concerns? Let us know.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is lunch provided by the school?

A: We provide morning and afternoon snack and families are responsible for their child’s lunches. All children staying for lunch need to bring lunch each day.

Q: Does my preschool-aged child need to take a nap?

A: All children under four are required to rest. Children who do not fall asleep will have a quiet rest time that may involve, but is not limited to, looking at books, listening to music, or other such quiet activities. Naps are available to all children if they need or want to rest during the day.

Q: How do we connect to other families?

A: We have an app called Transparent Classroom that has a classroom family directory built within. We also have new family orientations and a coffee hour annually in August so you can meet other families in your classroom. The administration is actively working to safely and strategically bring back family social events that we previously hosted pre-pandemic.

Q: How can we learn about the progress of our child?

A: In our family app, Transparent Classroom, you can see the lessons your child is introduced to and monitor their progress. Family-teacher conferences are scheduled twice per year as well.

Q: How many students are in a class?

A: We have anywhere between 25-30 children in one class. We have a 1:10 teacher/child ratio in our primary classrooms, minimally, at all times and a 1:14 teacher/child ratio in our elementary classroom.

Q: Do you have cameras in classrooms?

A: We do not have cameras inside our classroom. Our administrative staff monitors our outdoor cameras to ensure complete safety and security at our entrances, exits, parking lots, and playground.

Q: How do you discipline children?

A: We ground our entire program in the relationship between adult and child. A positive, supportive and loving bond promotes the child’s self-esteem and sense of security. Some examples of positive methods of discipline we use include:

  • Redirecting or distracting a child from the unacceptable activity to a constructive one
  • Setting consistent clear rules
  • Talking to the child about the feelings they are having
  • Offering alternative solutions to the problem and involving children in solving the problem
  • Ensuring a relationship between the behavior and the discipline method

Q: What age does my child have to be in order to enroll?

A: Our classrooms accept children beginning at age two years, nine months.

Q: How does the enrollment deposit work?

A: A deposit is due upon enrollment or re-enrollment. It is held on account until the tuition is paid in full. At this point the deposit may be held and applied to next year’s deposit for enrollment, applied to your account, or issued as a refund. In the event you withdraw your child from the school mid-year, the deposit is nonrefundable and the remaining tuition is due. For preschool aged children, the deposit is $500. For kindergarten aged children, the deposit is $1,000. For elementary children, the deposit is $1,500. If a second child from the household is also enrolled, there is a 50% discount for the second child’s deposit. If a third child from the household is enrolled, their deposit is waived.

Q: Does my child need to be potty-trained to start?

A: Yes, children must be potty trained. This means that your child consistently spends at least three days without an accident and without the use of training pants. If your child is not potty-trained by August, please let us know and we can withdraw your enrollment. Your deposit will be held on account until your child is fully potty-trained and an opening exists.

Q: What other fees are due with my signed contract?

A: An annual materials fee is charged at the time of enrollment or re- enrollment. The materials fees are $75 for each primary and extended day student, and $250 for each elementary student and are due on enrollment. Both the enrollment deposit and materials fee is paid by completing an ACH authorization form at the end of your enrollment packet.

Q: How do we pay tuition?

A: In your contract you will have two options for tuition payment: A single lump-sum prepayment in August, or monthly installments via ACH transfer. A service charge is associated with installment plans of $20.00/month.

Q: Do you have a sibling discount?

A: Yes! In addition to the sibling enrollment deposit discount, new in 2022, we will be offering a 5% tuition discount to the youngest sibling enrolled.

Q: How does tuition assistance work?

A: Tuition assistance applications are reviewed on a rolling basis beginning April 1st for the following school year. Eligible families can expect to receive anywhere from 5-20% off tuition.