Admissions Office - Ms. Christina Natoli
Admissions and Enrollment
Applications are accepted throughout the school year when openings exist. Invitations to re-enroll are issued to current students on a yearly basis beginning in February or March.
Each prospective family is asked to carefully read our school literature and spend time observing our classes. We ask both parents and student to visit and tour CMS to experience firsthand the child’s reaction to the Montessori environment. This also provides a great opportunity to answer questions that will help with this important decision. After the parent tour and student visit are complete, the family will receive an application packet to complete.
Once the application is completed and returned to the Admissions Office the Head of school will discuss classroom placement with teachers. Upon Admission, families will receive a detailed packet of information concerning School Policy and Procedures.
If there are no openings, families will be placed on a waiting list. When placing children from the list, we consider readiness, age and gender of the child as they relate to the particular class balance as well as previous school experience.
Community Montessori School is committed to bringing young people together from a broad spectrum of ethnic, national and religious backgrounds. We welcome diversity and encourage our students to broaden their perspectives of the world through friendships, mutual respect and understanding. We welcome students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and accord them all rights and privileges offered in school-administered programs. We embrace this non-discrimination policy and do not treat members of the greater school community differently based on race, creed, color, national origin, religion, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or marital status.
Each new application is carefully considered according to the student’s individual talents and learning style. Our goal is to ensure that our school will be able to offer the best possible learning environment to meet the applicant’s specific needs. We are committed to helping families make the best match between student and school by striving to assure that the goals and values of each student and family are in alignment with our school.
Admission will be granted on the basis of submission of all application and enrollment materials, payment of all applicable fees, and mutual agreement between parents, administrators and teachers following a successful child visit.
A note on classroom visits
The learning techniques and routines in a Montessori classroom differ from those in a more typical classroom setting. Learning is accomplished individually by each child, as directed by his or her own pace and interests, under the supervision and guidance of specially trained teachers and assistants. Classroom visits are an especially important factor in the admissions process at CMS because they allow parents, teachers and students alike to gain a feel for the "fit" of our unique educational style. Older students who have not previously attended a Montessori school will require special attention as they transition to their new learning environment.
Elementary & Adolescent Admission Consideration
Because a complete Montessori education is built on a series of three-year cycles from preschool through adolescence, admission to the program at Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary and Adolescent levels without prior Montessori experience will be discussed by the parents, teachers and Head of School.
"Education should no longer be mostly imparting of knowledge, but must take a new path, seeking the release of human potentialities. The word education must not be understood in the sense of teaching but of assisting the psychological development of the child." -Maria Montessori-