The admissions policy of Greenspring Montessori School is based on the educational concepts of Dr. Maria Montessori. We strive to serve a broad range of socioeconomic, religious, cultural, racial, and ability groups. As often as is possible, the ages and genders of children are evenly distributed in each classroom.
Admissions policies, procedures, curriculum and faculty at Greenspring Montessori School have been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Greenspring Montessori School is accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and it is a member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.
CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
Toddler Preschool Program (Ages 18 months-3 years)
- Children must be 18 months old at time of admission into the Young Toddler program and do not have to be toilet trained.
- Children must be 24 months old at the time of admission into the Older Toddler program and do not have to be toilet trained.
- Children should be able to separate from their parents within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the guide depending on the needs of each individual child.
Children’s House Program (Ages 3-6)
- Children must be at least two years and nine months old by September 1 and meet all requirements for placement.
- Children age 4 and older who have begun their Montessori education at other Montessori schools may be considered for admission as transfers.
- Children age 4 and older who have no prior Montessori experience may be considered for admission after a thorough review by the Admissions Committee.
- If a child has previous school experience, copies of school records will be required.
- Children must be toilet trained. Diapers or pull-up diapers are not permitted. Cotton training pants are permitted.
Elementary Program & Adolescent Program (Ages 6-14)
- Children entering the elementary program must be over the age of 6 by September 1 and meet all requirements for placement.
- Children who have begun their Montessori education at other Montessori schools may be considered for admission as transfers.
- Children who have no prior Montessori experience may be considered for admission after a thorough review by the Admissions Committee.
- All candidates, as part of the interviewing process, are required to spend at least a half-day in an elementary or middle school classroom.
- Official records from the present school are required prior to classroom visits and acceptance to the program. We require a teacher recommendation and permission to speak with your child’s previous teacher.
ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
- Copies of any educational or psychological testing must be submitted before admission to the school.
- Any IEPs must be provided in their entirety before the child participates in a classroom visit.
- Education for all children, including those with special needs, will be done within the parameters of the Montessori philosophy and its implementation in the classroom.
- Specific trial periods and evaluation procedures may be established as needed.
CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
Children with mild physical, mental, or educational differences are considered for admission. Reasonable accommodations will be made provided that no significant changes to the program are required and that the child does not pose a risk to himself or others. A recent diagnostic assessment by qualified professionals which identifies the child’s needs within a mainstream environment is required. Periodic assessment may also be required during the school year and prior to re-enrollment. An educational assessment made during this time will determine:
- The child’s progress.
- That our environment supports the developmental needs of the child.
- Prospective parents are required to attend a Parent Information Session or small group tour. These can be scheduled online through the website, by email, or by phone.
- An information packet consisting of our viewbook, tuition information, and additional information regarding a Montessori education will be provided to parents upon their visit.
- Observation of a class by prospective parents is required. All Parent Information Sessions and small group tours include classroom observations. Additional observations may be scheduled through the Admissions office. Observations are for adults only.
- Applications are accepted online only through the school’s website. There is a $75.00 non-refundable application fee.
- After an application is submitted, a family interview is scheduled.
- After an application is submitted, and depending on the child’s age, a school visit for the child may be scheduled. If applicable, school records and referrals must be received before the child visits.
- Current parents wishing to apply for admission for a sibling of a current student must fill out an online application by February 13, 2015 to receive priority over new applicants.
Enrollment contracts are offered to applicants given the following priorities:
- Returning students are given first priority until the re-enrollment deadline on February 13, 2015.
- Siblings, former Montessori families, staff children, and children from other Montessori schools are given priority over new students.
- Should the date of application be the same for two prospective students, priority is determined as outlined above, and is next given to families who have attended prospective parent education classes offered by Greenspring Montessori School.
- The number of children who can be accommodated depends on Montessori guidelines and state regulations. When space is unavailable at the time of application, children may be placed in a waiting pool at the parents request.
- Families will be notified of their admissions status on February 20, 2015. Student who are placed in the waitpool or not accepted will be notified in writing. Accepted students will receive an email link to being online enrollment.
- Online enrollment must be submitted by Friday, March 6, 2015 or within two weeks of the offer date, at which point, the space may be offered to another family.
- After February 20, 2015, the school follows a rolling admissions policy, space permitting.
- No new applicants are admitted for the current school year after Spring Break.
- Policies contained within the enrollment contract are binding.
- Occasionally, facts and circumstances arise that require Greenspring Montessori School to dismiss a family. These decisions are very difficult and involve serious deliberations about the best interests of the school community as a whole. Accordingly, as a general rule, once a family is dismissed, they are not eligible to reapply for admission to Greenspring Montessori School.
- All class placements are made by the Placement Committee of Greenspring Montessori School.
- Children remain with their classroom guide until they are ready for placement in the next level appropriate to their educational, emotional, and social needs. Children will not be moved to a new classroom during the three-year cycle, even in the case of staff changes, unless the Director of Education or Head of School determines that a change is in the best interest of the child.
- Greenspring Montessori School reserves the right to place children in order to maintain balanced classes with respect to numbers of children, their ages, gender, and individual needs of students. Greenspring Montessori School does not accept parental requests for classroom placement.
- Families are notified of their child’s placement in June of the preceding school year.
- Greenspring Montessori School will assign start dates for new students, which may differ from the announced first day of classes. The “phasing-in” of new students allows for a smooth transition for new students, while maintaining an even rhythm of classroom activities. All phasing-in will be completed by September 10.
- You will receive a letter with your child’s assigned start date and details about the phase-in process in May (or, if enrolling after May, upon completion of online enrollment).
Greenspring Montessori School welcomes all students and families, and does not discriminate in its hiring, admissions practices, or any other form of access on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, sex or disability.