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Admissions Process

2023-2024 School Year

  • The first step in the admissions process is to complete our online Inquiry Form. The Admissions Director will respond and work with you to schedule a Group Tour of the CMS Main Campus.

    Tours are for adults only and offer the opportunity to learn about Montessori in general and about the authentic Montessori principles that we practice each day at CMS. We look forward to meeting you.

  • At the conclusion of a Group Tour, the admissions office will email with the link to our online admissions application. There is a non-refundable $55 fee due at the time of submission.

    If your child is 5 years of age or older, we require submission of the previous two years’ school records (if applicable). 

    If your child is applying to the Elementary Community or Adolescent Program, we also require submission of a teacher referral with the application. 

    Applications should also include any recent developmental evaluations and/or assessments.

    In order to be considered in the first round of admissions decisions, applications must be received by January 25, 2023. Applications received after 1/25/23 will be reviewed based on enrollment availability per level. 

  • If you submit an application to the Young Child Community, Primary, or Elementary Programs, the Admissions Director may contact you to schedule classroom observations. Classroom observations are an essential step to ensure that your family is well-matched with our program. You will observe a classroom in at least two different levels. This will be followed by time to ask questions of the Admissions Director. Please schedule one hour for observations. Observations are for parents only. 

  • Applicants, ages 4 years and older, to our Primary Program may be invited for a classroom visit. The admissions director will be in touch to arrange these visits, which last approximately 1 hour.

    Applicants to our Elementary and Adolescent Programs may be invited to shadow a current student for a day. Generally, applicant shadows are scheduled in late January.

  • The first round of admissions notifications for the 2023-2024 academic year will sent via email on or about February 17, 2023 (according to AIMS guidelines). 

    CMS will continue to accept applications and make offers of enrollment until spaces are full at all levels. If we are full, your child’s application will be placed in our waiting pool and you will be contacted if a space opens.

    If your child is offered enrollment to our program you will receive an electronic enrollment letter and contract. Your child’s enrollment will be confirmed upon return of the signed electronic enrollment contract and non-refundable, $1,500 tuition deposit. 

    Admission to CMS is offered with the understanding that our AMI trained teachers will educate all children within the bounds of the Montessori pedagogy.

    Chesapeake Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national, or ethnic origin to all of the rights, priveleges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at CMS. CMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our education policies, admission policies, tuition assistance policies, and other school-administered program. 

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