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Application & Admissions Process

Learn more about Butler Montessori's admissions process. Montessori education is a Journey – and it starts by scheduling a tour of the school!

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Steps of the Admissions Process


Step 1: The admissions process begins with the Schedule a Tour form and a tour of the school.

Step 2: After you have toured the school, you may submit an Admission Application.

Step 3: Following receipt of the application:

  • You will be contacted to set up an admissions interview/parent class observation.
  • For children ages 4 and older, a visit to a classroom, along with a brief educational screening, will be scheduled.

Step 4: Once the admissions interview and student visit have been completed, you will be notified about acceptance.

Step 5: If your child has been offered acceptance, you will receive an email with a link to the parent portal. Once you are in the parent portal you will follow the directions to complete the enrollment contract.

 

Special Considerations


Priority Applicants
Siblings of currently enrolled students, as well as children with previous Montessori background, are given priority to the limited number of spaces we have in our classrooms. Part of what makes this model so successful is the long-term process of education and growth that Montessori is famous for. We have a commitment to our community to ensure its success by doing everything we can to create a diverse and stable environment.

Young Children’s Community: (Ages 18 months to 3 years)
In addition to being at least 18 months old, children beginning this program should be demonstrating their desire for independence. It is also helpful for parents to be willing to encourage these early steps towards self-sufficiency.


Primary: (Ages 3 to 5)
Applicants should be at least age three by the school year for which he or she is applying, although sometimes exceptions are made for younger students.
Primary students must have toilet independence prior to starting school.


Elementary and Intermediate: (Ages 6 through 9th grade)
Teacher recommendations and the child’s transcript should be sent directly from the child’s current school or teacher. We will supply you with the list of needed reports depending on the age/level of your child. It is important we receive these before your scheduled interview so we can be prepared to talk to you about your child and how we can all best serve his or her needs.

We are very pleased that you completed your tour and have decided to apply to Butler Montessori.


The online application is a seven-page form that will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. You can begin the application and then return later to complete if necessary.


Here is a list of information you will be asked to provide when completing the application form:

  • Information about your child: name, age, current or previous schools.
  • Household information for each home the child resides in: address, names and contact information for each parent or guardian that resides in that residence with the child.
  • Sibling information: names, ages, where siblings attend school.
  • Any special circumstances that we should be aware of: physical, emotional, educational, parental, as well as any provisions or testings that are pending or in place.

Once the online admissions application and $50 (per family) application fee is received, you will be contacted to schedule your admissions interview.

Admissions interviews and parent observations are scheduled on designated days and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes. During this time, both parents participate in a meeting with the Head of School and take part in classroom observations. This is an opportunity to further explore the philosophy of the school, ask questions and determine if Butler Montessori is a good match for your child and family.

A date and duration (half or full day) is scheduled for prospective students ages 4 and older to visit in a classroom. This visit allows both the child and guide (teacher) a chance to get to know each other and provides an opportunity for the guide to observe the child’s synergy in the classroom. During this time, a brief educational screening will be done by our educational specialist.

Butler Montessori offers a limited amount of financial assistance to qualified students. Financial assistance is only available to third-year Primary (kindergarten) through 9th-grade students.

For more information please see the Financial Assistance page.

Young Children’s Community (ages 18 months–3 years) and
First and Second-Year Primary (ages 3 and 4)
Rolling admissions, all year

Apply for admissions at any time during the year.
The admissions process includes taking a tour, submitting an enrollment application form, and completing a parent interview.
Acceptances for applicants who complete the process by the 1st of the month are generally sent on the 15th of the month.
Enrollment contracts are due back by the 1st of the following month.

Third-Year Primary (kindergarten age) through 9th Grade
Open enrollment September 1 through March 1

We accept applications for admission through March 1.
However, we encourage families to apply as early as possible.
Applications submitted after March 1 will be subject to available openings.
Acceptance letters are sent on March 15 or later, depending on the date of application.
Completed enrollment contracts are due back within one week of receipt of the acceptance letter.
For anyone interested in applying after March 1, we encourage families to contact the Admissions Office first to discuss current availability.

Acceptance and Enrollment


Following the parents’ admissions interview and the child’s visit, you will be contacted once a decision is made. This process can take up to two weeks.

If your child has been offered acceptance, you will receive an email with a link to the parent portal. Once you are in the parent portal you will follow the directions to complete the enrollment contract.

Once we receive your nonrefundable $1,000 enrollment deposit your child's space will be secured.

Contracts received after the specified date will be accepted as long as there is still space available.

Re-Enrollment and Deposits


Each subsequent year, your child(ren) will be automatically re-enrolled.

If you do not wish to re-enroll, you must notify the school in writing by March 1st, of the current school year, for your deposit to be returned; otherwise, your deposit is non-refundable.

Enrollment deposits will be returned in May of the last year that your child is enrolled in Butler Montessori.


Kelly Nguyen
Admissions Director
301-977-6600
[email protected]

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