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Admissions Policy

Infant Community

Children ages 14 months up to age 3 who have established independent walking may begin their Montessori experience in our Infant Community.

The Primary Program is a three to four year program and the optimal time to enter is at 3 years of age or a little before. Children remain in Primary through the age of six. Admitting children at the first year of the Primary cycle is optimal for their growth and development and will help ensure readiness for the next level. In following this procedure we are able to maintain the integrity of the classroom and offer all students a quality Montessori educational environment.
Children ages four and five years old are considered on an individual basis, with preference given to transferring Montessori students.
Elementary (Grades 1 - 6) 
Lower Elementary (grades 1-3) and Upper Elementary (grades 4-6) students coming from another Montessori school, with continuous Montessori experience are eligible for admission on a space available basis.
Students coming from non-Montessori backgrounds are eligible for admission on a space available basis, and are occasionally accepted after an interview with the teacher and a visit to the classroom. 
We require the most recent progress reports, report cards and achievement test scores. These must be submitted to the Admissions Office with the application. A confidential teacher-recommendation form, obtained from the Admission Office and signed by the parent will be sent to the child's present school. A visit will be scheduled for the student and an informal assessment will be made of the child.
Adolescent Community (Grades 7 - 9)
Students are eligible for the Adolescent Community on a space available basis after an interview with the teachers and a visit to the classroom.  All school records will be required as well as confidential teacher recommendation forms.
The admissions procedure begins with a mandatory school tour and classroom observation by prospective parents. Please see Admissions Procedures for further details.
For additional questions, please call Julie McLarry at 713 665.2195 or email her at