Admission Requirements


 Admission Requirements

Toddlers must be 24 months old by September 1, 2021;

Primary children must be 3 years by September 30, 2021 and fully potty-trained; kindergarten children must be age 5 by September 30, 2021 and transferring from another Montessori school;

All Elementary students must be transferring from other Montessori schools.


 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: Kindergarten, third year Lower Elementary or six year Upper Elementary


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. 

Toddlers playing with outdoor blocks

PRE-PRIMARY (TODDLER) - 2 year olds

Toddler enrollment (ages 24 - 36 months) is open to children who are 24 - 36 months on the first day of school in September 2021.  Toilet training is not required for this level.

PRIMARY - 3-6 year olds

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, yet exceptions are sometimes made.

ELEMENTARY - 6-12 year olds

Lower Elementary enrollment (ages 6 - 9) is open to students at least 6 years old who have had at least two consecutive years of Montessori Primary education, one of which is the third year (the Kindergarten year;) is transferring from another Montessori school; is recommended by the current Montessori teacher; 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
  • Is self-directed

Upper Elementary enrollment (ages 9-12) is open to students at least 9 years old who are transferring from another Montessori school and recommended by the current Montessori teacher.

  • Is well-versed in the Cosmic Curriculum