Admissions at Pinewoods Montessori
Pinewoods Montessori School (“PWMS”) encourages applications from all students. We look for children and families who share our goal of an environment where learning is natural, and where your child will joyfully and effectively develop independence and self-discipline while striving to reach their full potential.
We welcome children ages 18 months to 12 years. Priority is given to qualified applicants who are returning students, siblings of currently enrolled students, children of faculty/staff members, children of PWMS alumni, and transferring Montessori students.
The kindergarten program is for students with demonstrated aptitude and maturity for the all-day program. This must be the child’s third year in primary, or the child must be five years of age to be considered for primary. For a student who is accepted into an elementary class without having a Montessori education background, a trial period of four to six weeks allows for the teachers to observe appropriate aptitude and to determine compatibility for our program.
We do not utilize specific academic entrance requirements. PWMS accepts students of varying academic ability and diverse learning styles. We welcome all students and families.
Our school year runs from August until June. PWMS has rolling admissions and applications are accepted throughout the year.
The admissions procedure is a two-fold process. It is designed to give families an opportunity to learn about our school, its philosophy and policies, and to meet our teachers and staff. It also gives us an opportunity to assess each child’s situation and determine whether we are able to meet the needs and expectations of the parents/guardians.
Children are accepted on the basis of readiness for school and potential for success in a Montessori classroom. It is equally important to determine whether the parents’ educational philosophy is compatible with that of PWMS. Our goal is to enroll families who will both benefit from and contribute to what the school has to offer.
1. A parent observation visit - parents will be allowed to observe or tour the program in which they are interested in applying.
2. Parents submit an application for admission with $30 non-refundable application fee A meeting is scheduled with the child and the teacher.
3. If a position is offered to your child. A non-refundable $125 enrollment contract deposit will be due at this time.
4. Upon receipt of the enrollment contract deposit, we will hold a place for your child in our program and you will be contractually obligated for the year’s tuition. If you wish to withdraw your child from the school, you will be obligated to pay the remainder of the tuition as agreed upon in the contract.
Other matters that are taken into account during the admissions process:
We consider “enrollment” in PWMS to involve families as a whole, not just the student. We seek families who wish to work in partnership with the school on an ongoing basis and who will be committed to supporting the Montessori philosophy at home as well as at school. As such, we reserve the right to deny acceptance, at the sole discretion of the School, to those who do not demonstrate acceptance and support of our Mission. We may deny enrollment a student if the School determines, at its sole discretion, that it cannot adequately serve the needs of the child. The number of children who can be accommodated depends on Montessori guidelines and state regulations. When space is unavailable at the time of application, children may be placed on a waiting list at the parents’ request.
Download our application for admission. Please mail, email or bring to the school at your convenience.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Pinewoods Montessori welcomes children, aged 18 months to 12 years, from all racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds, family structure or sexual orientation. Priority is given to returning students, sibling, and transferring Montessori students. After these considerations, children are accepted from those in the waiting pool according to their stated program preference and long-term school goals.