Admission Information

In-class, thirty-minute observation

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.

Admissions Requirements

In order for the student to attain optimal participation in the Montessori classroom, a child entering MCHS must:

  1. Be ready to separate from his or her parent successfully;
  2. Be able to use the toilet independently;
  3. Be able to follow directions from adults;
  4. Demonstrate appropriate social skills, such as cooperation, and the ability to communicate with others.

I’ve had two children attend MCHS through kindergarten. It really does all come together in the third year. That was the year they started writing in cursive and when they learned to read. They cemented lasting friendships with other students and teachers. They also got to embrace their roles as leaders by guiding younger kids in the classroom.

J. Greene

MCHS was an incredible experience for our son. Truly nurturing guides with boundless patience, which was exactly what our child needed. One thing our child took away with his Montessori experience was the love of math! Will never forget the day he came home to tell us about the basket game, he was doing long division at four years old, only he didn’t know it!

T. Ingrum, MCHS Parent Jan 2010-May 2011

Values such as responsibility, kindness, and cultural diversity instilled through Montessori teachings drew us to MCHS. Their guides treated children with respect and appreciation for their individuality. Our son’s experience at MCHS laid a foundation that gave him confidence in his abilities and developed his curiosity of learning.

M. Schoenkopf, MCHS Parent 2004-2007

I was blessed to be a part of the MCHS community for an entire decade as my four kids one by one attended and benefited from the school. Hands down, I believe that proper Montessori education is the best educational environment for preschool aged children. The Montessori Method has numerous advantages over traditional schooling, but the one area I was most impressed with and which left the deepest impression upon me was the philosophy of teaching and learning math.

I. Mobin-Uddin, MCHS Parent 2006-2017

As a parent with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education, I was not interested in skill and drill fact memorizing worksheet math. I really appreciated the Montessori approach: lessons that are well formulated and specifically directed to each individual child’s needs with a wide variety of tangible materials that support each stage of cognitive development and with each concept meticulously built one upon the other.

I. Mobin-Uddin, MCHS Parent 2006-2017

Montessori math advocates for a concrete understanding of concepts and skills as opposed to a general memorizing of abstract information. Children will use materials in real time and space to develop their understanding of numeric relationships, place value, geometry, and problem solving. All learning levels are accounted for, there are always materials to support the concepts being taught, and guides direct the child to concrete meaningful comprehension first.

I. Mobin-Uddin, MCHS Parent 2006-2017

As an example, children will work with a real chain of beads to understand the length of 1 small bead all the way up to 1000. They will do the work themselves in creating a line of beads and measuring off by 10s until they reach their goal. It is a time consuming and meticulous job and oh so satisfying and awe inspiring when complete! When they can be trusted and encouraged to complete such an activity by themselves (with support as needed), they develop vital comprehension of numerous mathematical skills as well as a sense of meaningful accomplishment and pride. All four of my children had advanced math skills when transferring to traditional school.

I. Mobin-Uddin, MCHS Parent 2006-2017

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.

To receive an invite to the next event to meet the MCHS Head of School Christa Montague, please click on the “Coffee With Christa” button:

COFFEE WITH CHRISTA

As an MCHS alumna, I knew the school was right for my own children. I have warm memories of MCHS, of feeling happy, fulfilled and confident as a child. When I became a parent, I read about the Montessori method, and I understood why my experience at MCHS was so strong. I knew it was right for my children.

E. Souder-Philyaw, MCHS Alumna 1982, MCHS Parent 2011-2020

The school follows the science of Montessori closely and adds the crucial element of a warm, loving community of parents and guides. My children learned the usual academic things that preschoolers learn, math, reading and colors, but their learning was much deeper. They learned how to concentrate for long periods of time. They learned to complete multi-step projects. And they learned how to pursue their curiosity.

E. Souder-Philyaw, MCHS Alumna 1982, MCHS Parent 2011-2020

When it was time to select an elementary school, the guides knew my children as well as I did, and they offered important advice for what each child would need next. As my children grow, we continue to rely on Montessori principles to guide our parenting.

E. Souder-Philyaw, MCHS Alumna 1982, MCHS Parent 2011-2020

Once Accepted

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.)