We are currently enrolling new students!

For the start of the 2020-21 school year, we are offering educational opportunities for our students through a combination of in-person Learning at MCMS for our youngest learners, Learning from Home options, and Learning Out, an innovative program combining virtual learning with in-person, outdoor educational opportunities for grades 1-8. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to schedule in-person parent tours of our school, but we can arrange a virtual tour, offered weekly on Thursday mornings at 9am. If you are interested in signing up for a virtual tour, please click here to fill out our Inquiry Form. We look forward to meeting you! 

Toddler Community (ages 15-36 months – currently paused due to COVID-19): This program is 5 days per week with half day (8am-12pm) and full day options (8am-3pm).  Children enter the program between 15 and 30 months of age with 2 months of walking experience. The Toddler program will not be operating for the 2020-2021 school year, but will be returning in 2021-2022. 

Children’s House (ages 2 1/2-6 years): Children entering our preschool program are toilet trained, and enter the classroom between 2 ½  and 3 ½ years of age. Children older than 3 ½ without previous Montessori experience may be considered on an individual basis, if space permits.

Children’s House is a three (or four) year program, depending upon the child’s age when first enrolled. The integrity of the program depends upon the consistency and continuity of the classroom community throughout this entire multi-year period. The child’s final year of Children’s House is their Kindergarten year. Each child’s completion of the entire program is important to the whole group, and an integral component to the overall success of the Children’s House community. 

Elementary & Adolescent Programs (grades 1-8, ages 6-14 years): Children entering the Elementary or Adolescent programs should have completed at least one year of previous Montessori education. Children without one year of previous Montessori experience may be considered on an individual basis, if space permits. A child must be 6 years of age or older by September 1st to enter the Elementary program. Before transferring to MCMS from another school, we will request a copy of your student’s records and a teacher recommendation from the student’s current school. Students will be invited to visit the classroom once all records are received and reviewed.

At MCMS, our elementary program is comprised of two three-year age groupings: Lower Elementary, serving grades 1-3, and Upper Elementary, serving grades 4-6. The integrity of each program depends upon the consistency and continuity of the classroom community throughout this entire three year period. Each student’s completion of the three-year cycle is important to the whole group, and an integral component to the overall success of the classroom. Similarly, the Adolescent Community serves grades 7 and 8, and completion of both years is critical to all of the students’ academic and social growth and development.


Steps in Our Admissions Process:

  1. Learn about us! We suggest families review information on our website about our Programs, Tuition and Financial Aid, and our Calendar, and become familiar with the Montessori method at various ages. 

  2. Schedule a visit. Fill out our Inquiry Form and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Typically we host school visits for prospective families (adults only please) starting in mid-October [note: due to COVID-19, virtual visits will be offered instead of in-person tours for the time being]. Plan to spend about 90 minutes learning about our programs and philosophy, followed by a school tour and classroom observations.

  3. Apply to MCMS. After your visit, fill out an application form and and submit it to us with your $100 non-refundable application fee.

    If your student is applying to join our Elementary or Adolescent program, you will be asked to complete a school record release form in addition to your application. This allows us to obtain your child’s records from their current school. Once we have reviewed these records, we will invite your child to visit their prospective classroom so they can see for themselves what MCMS is like.

  4. Financial Aid is available. If you would like to learn more about the application for Financial Aid, please visit the Financial Assistance section of our website. Applications for enrollment must be submitted prior to applying for financial aid.

  5. Join the Community! Once your application is approved, we will email you an offer of enrollment with an Enrollment and Tuition Contract. When you sign and return your contract with a deposit (refundable after the contract period) to reserve a space for your child, you become part of the MCMS student and family community.

    If a space is not immediately available for your child, you may be placed in a wait pool and offered enrollment once space is available, which may occur mid-year. We hope you can join our joyful community of learners.


MCMS Virtual Tour:

Questions?

Contact Meghan with questions or to request further information at admissions@madisoncommunitymontessori.org.