Admissions Requirements

Admission Requirements

Pre-Primary (Toddler) enrollment (ages 24-36 months) is open to children who are 24-36 months on the first day of school, September 10.  Toilet training is not required for this level.

Primary enrollment (ages 3 - 6) is open to children age 3 by September 30 of their incoming year who are toilet trained and using the bathroom independently. We usually do not accept children over age 4 unless they have previous Montessori experience, but exceptions are sometimes made. To attend full-day primary, the child must be five years of age, have had at least a full year of Montessori education, and be recommended by the teacher.  We do offer a limited Extended Day (until 3:30) and Aftercare (until 5:30) program to new students for children ages 24 months through kindergarten on a space-available basis.

Elementary enrollment (ages 6-12) is open to children at least 5 3/4 years old who have had at least two years of Montessori primary education and possess the following skills:

  • Can read phonetic stories fluently
  • Know some phonograms and sight words
  • Have been introduced to the base 10 number system through the golden beads

The Montessori School of McLean admits students of any race, religion, sex, color, national or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, and other administered programs.