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 factor 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.
Steps for Enrollment
1. Make an appointment to tour the school and to observe a Montessori classroom;
2. Submit an Application for Admission with the $75.00 Application Fee;
3. Attend Montessori 101 and other applicable parent education opportunities;
4. Submit copies of reports or assessment results (former school, doctors, psychologists, diagnosticians, etc.);
5. Participate in child interview/class visit; and
5. Meet with a member of the administrative team for parent interview.
Submission of the Application for Admission and the Application Fee will guarantee the child a space on the wait list. Children on the wait list will be invited to continue the admissions process in the order of date on which the Application for Admission and the Application Fee was received. New applicants are selected for available spaces in order to maintain gender and age balance within the classrooms.
A child 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 child be removed from the wait list, the family 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.
In keeping with the Montessori philosophy and to give children the consistency and routine that they thrive on, WMS is phasing out the option for shared spots. Children who are enrolled in a shared spot during the 2018-2019 school year will be grandfathered and may continue to enroll in a shared spot until they have completed the 4 year old year. WMS may match grandfathered shared spots with new students as needed, but at the discretion of school administration and does not guarantee a shared spot for future enrollment.
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
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 completing all steps of the admission process.
2. Children/Grandchildren of current WMS employees.
3. Children on the wait list.
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. 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.