Montessori Children’s House and School is open to children ages 3 to 6 years, and it is designed to include the kindergarten year. Younger children (ages 3 to approximately 4 ½ years) attend from 8:15 a.m. -11:45 a.m. Older children (ages approximately 4½ to 6 years) attend from 8:15 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., with the classroom guide making the determination of whether the child shows readiness to enter the extended day program.
We also provide a Before and After Care (BAC) program that is available from 7:30 – 8:15 a.m. and from 11:45 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
In order for the student to attain optimal participation in the Montessori classroom, a child entering MCHS must:
- Be ready to separate from his or her parent successfully;
- Be able to use the toilet independently;
- Be able to follow directions from adults;
- Demonstrate appropriate social skills, such as cooperation, and the ability to communicate with others.
Steps to Apply
The first step in the application process is to meet us at MCHS. Contact to arrange for a campus tour or attend the upcoming virtual meet and greet “Coffee with Christa” to meet Christa Montague, our Head of School.
The second step is to submit an application for enrollment. Applications are accepted throughout the year. (Preferably they should be submitted no later than January for the upcoming school year and letters of acceptance are typically sent out in late February and March.) New students begin in August, although we do sometimes enroll children at other times of the year if a space becomes available.
Upon acceptance, a non-refundable registration fee is due to hold a space for a child.
Before the child begins school, a meeting between parents and the classroom guide is scheduled. The child also has the opportunity to meet with the guide before the orientation schedule commences.
All new students are required to attend an orientation that takes place the week before school starts in August. (Children who start MCHS at other times of the year also take part in orientation, and an individual schedule is custom-made for each child.)
Education should no longer be mostly imparting knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentials.
—Dr. Maria Montessori