WMS is committed to building long-term partnerships with families. The partnership works best when WMS can meet the student’s needs within a Montessori environment and parent beliefs and expectations are aligned with Montessori philosophy. WMS’s acceptance of a child is based on several factors. The most important one is the match of the family’s and school’s educational goals for the child.
Although there is not an application deadline, WMS recommends submitting the Application for Admission and the Application Fee by November 15 if possible.
Admissions Process – Parent Responsibilities
1. Make an appointment to tour the school and to observe a Montessori classroom;
2. Submit an Application for Admission with the appropriate application fee;
3. Submit copies of reports or assessment results (former school, doctors, psychologists, diagnosticians, etc.);
4. Participate in child interview (ages 3 through 6th grade);
5. Contact the school with any changes in program preference or personal contact information.
If space in the appropriate program is not available, the child will be placed on the wait list. The placement of a child on the wait list will be acknowledged promptly by a telephone call or e-mail.
A family will be removed from the wait list at the family’s request or after the family has declined a spot for a second time. Should a family be removed from the wait list, they will be required to submit a new Application for Admission and application fee to restart the admissions process. Prior application fees will not be applied to new applications or transferred to siblings.
WMS offers a limited number of Shared Spots each school year. A Shared Spot is a spot that is shared between two children. One child will be enrolled for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. The second child will be enrolled for Tuesday and Thursday. WMS will pair the children in a Shared Spot, this is not the responsibility of the parents.
Kindergarten (8:15am – 3:00pm) and Elementary (8:15am – 3:15pm) students will enroll for five (5) full days.
The following schedules are available for Toddler and Early Childhood (non-kindergarten)* enrollment:
|Option 1||5 full days||Monday – Friday||8:15am – 3:00pm|
|Option 2||5 half days||Monday – Friday||8:15am – 11:30am|
|Option 3||5 day combo 1||Full – Mon/Wed/Fri
Half – Tues/Thurs
|8:15am – 3:00pm
8:15am – 11:30pm
|Option 4||5 day combo 2||Half – Mon/Wed/Fri
Full – Tues/Thurs
|8:15am – 11:30am
8:15am – 3:00pm
|Option 5||Shared Spot A||Full – Mon/Wed/Fri||8:15am – 3:00pm|
|Option 6||Shared Spot B||Full – Tues/Thurs||8:15am – 3:00pm|
|Option 7||Shared Spot C||Half – Mon/Wed/Fri||8:15am – 11:30am|
|Option 8||Shared Spot D||Half – Tues/Thurs||8:15am – 11:30pm|
*WMS recommends that children who plan to enroll in the WMS Kindergarten program the next school year enroll for Options 1-4 to have the full benefit of preparation for the WMS Kindergarten program.
Generally, applicants will be given priority in the following order:
1. Siblings of children enrolled at WMS. In order to be considered for sibling priority for the upcoming school year, the sibling’s Application for Admission and the Application Fee must be submitted by November 15. After November 15, the sibling will be placed on the wait list in the order that the Application for Admission was received. Acceptance of the sibling is contingent on the interview (not applicable to Toddlers).
2. Children/Grandchildren of current WMS employees.
3. Children on the wait list will be invited to continue the admissions process in the order of date on which the completed Application for Admission and Application Fee was received. New applicants are selected for available spaces in order to maintain gender and age balance within the classrooms.
Children are placed by the administration and teaching teams with consideration to the individual needs of each child and in a manner that balances gender, age, educational, social and emotional needs of each classroom. Each program (EC, LE, and UE) is a three year cycle. Children placed in a classroom generally stay in that classroom until they advance to the next program. In order to maintain the ability to balance classrooms, WMS does not accept parent requests for classroom placement. Consideration will be given to the placement of siblings/relatives. If a parent has concerns regarding placement, they may visit with the Head of School.
Provisional Enrollment Period
WMS offers a provisional enrollment period for students who are new to the school or transitioning to a new program. The provisional enrollment period will conclude at the end of six weeks. During the provisional enrollment period, school staff will assess fit and match between a child’s needs and WMS’s ability to meet his or her needs in the WMS Montessori environments. This period is also an opportunity for staff to access alignment of parent beliefs and expectations with the WMS Montessori philosophy and practices.
School staff expects that students will experience a normalization, or adjustment period as they begin a new routine with new teachers and classmates. At any time during the provisional enrollment period if it is deemed that the child is not normalizing or progressing successfully, a meeting will be scheduled between the family, teacher and Head of School. This meeting may result in a request for outside evaluation or assistance, placement in another program or dismissal of the child from the school.
Waco Montessori School does not discriminate against any person in admission, employment, or otherwise because of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or age.