Admission Process

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Thank you for your interest in the

Montessori School of McLean!

In order to maintain fidelity to the full Montessori experience, Primary students are admitted with the expectation their parents intend to continue enrollment throughout the entirety of the three-year program in which they are placed and are open to learning about the Montessori approach to learning at the Elementary level (grades 1 – 6)

  • a) for the  Toddler and Primary program, this is the Kindergarten year
  •           (age 5 by September 30);
  • b) for the Elementary school, this is third year for Lower Elementary (age 9)
  •           and sixth year for Upper Elementary (age 12)

Toddlers playing with outdoor blocks

PRE-PRIMARY (TODDLER)  2 year olds

age 24 months by mid-September - 36 months

Step 1: Attend a School Tour:  The School Tours are held on two specific Monday mornings prior to the application deadline of December 1, 2019.  The Tour consists of a Power Point presentation in the Science Lab, a walk through the school with the members of the Admission team, an opportunity to briefly observe the working classrooms, and a follow-up session for questions and answers back in the Science Lab.

Step 2: Classroom Observation Visit: After your School Tour, schedule your Classroom Observation Visit because at MSM we believe the best way for you to select a school is to see it firsthand. Classroom Observation Visits last a minimum of thirty (30) minutes and are hosted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings in October and November. You will be invited to spend time in a Toddler and/or Primary classroom and quietly observe the teachers and children. This process will help us each determine if our school is truly a good match for your family.

Step 3: Submit the  Application for Admission & Parent Questionnaire:  Completed and return your Application Form and Parent Questionnaire found in the Application Packet you receive at your Classroom Observation Visit along with a check for the $125 Application Fee by the Toddler Application deadline of December 1, 2019. We encourage you to submit your Application immediately following your Classroom Observation Visit in order for your child to participate in one of the Child Visit mornings. You will receive an acknowledgement by email that includes details about the next step: the individual Child Visit.

Step 4: Complete your Child Visit & Parent Interview:  Please schedule your fifteen-minute, individual Child Visit through the Admission office. The purpose of the Child Visit is to evaluate your child's developmental readiness for the program to which you are applying, to familiarize your child with the environment, and to help determine the best classroom placement for your child.  Individual Child Visits for the September 2020 school year will be held on Friday mornings in October, November, and early December.  Child Visits should be completed as soon as possible after you’ve submitted your Application. You are present during the visit.

Step 5: Parent Interview: While your child is visiting with a Toddler teacher, we will have a chance to review your application together and answer questions you may have about Montessori and MSM. This process will help us each determine if our school is truly a good match for your family. We encourage you to submit your completed Application immediately following your Classroom Observation Visit in order for your child to participate in one of the Child Visit mornings.

Step 6: Sign a Contract and remit your Enrollment Deposit:  After the school has completed its re-registration process in February, you will receive written notification of the decision made by the Admission Committee.  Notifications are sent the first week of March 2020.

PRIMARY  3 - 6 year olds

age 3 by September 30 - age 6

Step 1: Attend a School Tour:  The School Tours are held on specific Monday mornings between 9:00 am and 11:00 am listed under the Admission Tour Calendar tab.  The Tour consists of a Power Point presentation in the Science Lab; a walk through the school with members of the Admission team, an opportunity to briefly observe the working classrooms, and a follow-up session for questions and answers back in the Science Lab.

Step 2: Classroom Observation Visit: After your School Tour, schedule your Classroom Observation Visit because at MSM we believe the best way for you to select a school is to see it firsthand. Classroom Observation Visits last a minimum of thirty (30) minutes and are hosted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 9:00 am and 11:00 am prior to the application deadline. You will be invited to spend time in a Primary classroom and quietly observe the teachers and children. Paper applications are contained in the Application folder you receive the morning of your Classroom Observation Visit.

Step 3: Complete your  Application for Admission and Parent Questionnaire:  Complete and submit the Application Form and Parent Questionnaire found in the Application Packet you receive at your Classroom Observation Visit along with a check for the $125 Application Fee by the Primary Application deadline of January 31, 2020.

Step 4: Have Your Child Visit and Parent Interview:  Please schedule your twenty-minute, individual Child Visit through the Admissions office. The purpose of the Child Visit is to assess your child's developmental readiness for the program to which you are applying, to familiarize your child with the environment, and to help determine the best classroom placement for your child.  Individual Child Visits for the September 2020 school year will be held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings in October through mid-February. Child Visits should be completed as soon as possible after you’ve submitted your Application.

Step 5:  Parent Interview: While your child is visiting with a Primary teacher, we will have a chance to review your application together and answer questions you may have about Montessori and MSM. This process will help us each determine if our school is truly a good match for your family. We encourage you to submit your completed Application immediately following your Classroom Observation Visit in order for your child to participate in one of the Child Visit mornings prior to when the Admission Committee meets mid-February.

Step 6: Sign a Contract and remit your Enrollment Deposit:  After the school has completed its re-registration process in February, you will receive written notification of the decision made by the Admission Committee.  Notifications are sent the first week of March 2020.

ELEMENTARY  6 - 12 year olds

Elementary students transferring from other Montessori schools

age 6 by September 30 - age 12

Step 1: Attend a School Tour. School Tours are held on specific Monday mornings in the fall from 9:00 am – 11:00 am and are for adults only. The Tour consists of a PowerPoint presentation in the Science Lab; a walk through the school with members of the Admission team; an opportunity to ask questions of an Elementary teacher, a current Elementary parent, and Mrs. Meredith Le Grand, the Academic Head of School.

Step 2: Parent Classroom Observation Visit. After your School Tour, schedule your Classroom Observation Visit because at MSM we believe the best way for you to select a school is to see it firsthand. Classroom Observation Visits last a minimum of one hour and are hosted on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings between 9:00 am and 11:00 am prior to the application deadline. You will be invited to spend time in all three Elementary classrooms where you quietly observe the teachers and students. Paper applications are contained in the Application folder you receive the morning of your Classroom Observation Visit.

Step 3Complete your Application for Admission & Parent Questionnaire. Submit your completed Application for Admission, Parent Questionnaires, signed Records Release Authorization, and a check for the $125 Application Fee by the Elementary Application deadline of January 31, 2020.

Step 4:  Student Shadow Visit Day. Your child spends a day with us to gain his/her perspective, also giving our teachers a chance to start to get to know your child.  All students must participate in a Shadow Day Visit in order for their applications to be considered by the Admissions Committee in February.

Step 5:  Parent Interview. While your child is visiting in an Elementary classroom, we will have a chance to review your application together and answer questions you may have about Montessori at the Elementary level and MSM in particular. This process will help us each determine if our school is truly a good match for your family. We encourage you to submit your completed Application immediately following your Classroom Observation Visit in order for your child to participate in one of the Student Shadow Days prior to the Admission Committee meeting mid-February.

Step 6: Sign a Contract and remit your Enrollment Deposit:  After the school has completed its re-registration process in February, you will receive written notification of the decision made by the Admission Committee.  Notifications are sent the first week of March 2020.


Admission Results

The first week of March 2020, we will notify you either:

a) we are offering you a place for your  child,

b) your child's application has been placed in the wait-pool, or

c)  we are unable to accommodate your child.

If we are able to offer class placement for your child, via email and USPS mail you will receive an Acceptance Packet for your review.  Please sign the Tuition & Enrollment Contract, make a copy for your records, and submit the original to the office with a check for the specified Enrollment Deposit. There is a reasonable amount of time, usually one week, to sign and return the executed contract.

Once the contract and deposit have been received in the office, a place will be reserved for your child. Applications received after the Application deadline will be processed on the availability of places in the requested program.

Students are admitted with the expectation that their parents intend to continue enrollment throughout the entirety of the three-year program in which the child is placed.



In order to maintain fidelity to the full Montessori experience, Primary students are admitted with the expectation their parents intend to continue enrollment throughout the entirety of the three-year program in which they are placed and are open to learning about the Montessori approach to learning at the Elementary level (grades 1 – 6)

a) for the Toddler and Primary program, this is the Kindergarten year (age 5 by September 30);

b) for the Elementary school, this is third year for Lower Elementary (age 9) and sixth year for Upper Elementary (age 12)

We look forward to meeting you and having the opportunity of working together with you and your family in the future!