The first step in the Admissions Process is to plan a visit!
Click on our Visit Us page to register for a Group Tour or an Open House. Tours last approximately 1.5 hours and offer you the chance to learn about Montessori in general and about the authentic Montessori principles that we practice each day at CMS. We look forward to meeting your family.
At the conclusion of a Group Tour or an Open House, you will be offered an application packet to complete. There is a non-refundable $50 fee due (by check made payable to “CMS”) at the time of submission.
If your child is 4 years of age or older, we require submission of previous school records (if applicable).
If your child is applying to the Elementary Community or Adolescent Program, we require submission of a teacher referral with the application.
Applications should also include any recent developmental evaluations and/or assessments.
All necessary paperwork will be included in the application packet. Completed applications may be submitted via email, post, or left in the locked drop box at our front door.
After submission of an application to the Young Children’s Community, Primary Community, or Elementary Community, the Admissions Director may contact you to schedule a classroom observation for one or both parents. Classroom observations are an essential step to ensure that your family is well-matched with our Montessori program. You will observe in a classroom at the level to which you are applying and in a classroom one level above. At the end of the classroom observations, there will be time to meet with the Admissions Director. Classroom observations take approximately one hour. Observations are for parents only.
Applicants to our Primary Community who are 4 years and older may be requested to come for a visit. This visit offers the teacher a chance to interact with your child and to gauge his/her level of independence and to observe his/her social and emotional needs. The Admissions Office may be in touch to arrange this short visit to the classroom after the completed application has been submitted.
Elementary Community Shadow Morning
Applicants to the Elementary Community may be invited to come in for a Shadow Morning. This is an opportunity for your child to spend time in the classroom with teachers and students. At the end of the morning, we request that the parent meet briefly with the teacher. The Admissions Office may be in touch to arrange a Shadow Morning after the completed application has been submitted.
Adolescent Program Shadow Days
Applicants to the Adolescent Program may be invited to come in for a Shadow Day. This is an opportunity for your child to spend a day at the Upper Campus with teachers and students. At the end of the day, we require that the parents meet briefly with the teacher. The Admissions Office may be in touch to arrange a Shadow Day after the completed application has been submitted.
Please notify the school ahead of visits and shadows if the applicant has any life-threatening allergies.
CMS will continue to accept applications and make offers of enrollment until spaces are full at all levels. If we are full, your application will be placed in our waiting pool and you will be contacted if a space opens.
If your child is accepted to our program you will receive a letter of acceptance and an enrollment contract. Your child’s enrollment will be confirmed upon receipt of the enrollment contract and non-refundable, $1,500 tuition deposit. The enrollment contract and tuition deposit are due back to CMS within two weeks of the date of the acceptance letter.
Admission to CMS is offered with the understanding that our AMI trained teachers will educate all children within the bounds of the Montessori pedagogy.