We're delighted by your interest in Hollis Montessori School and we look forward to introducing you to our school and getting to know you during the application process. Our admission procedure is outlined below. Be sure to inquire if you have any questions along the way. We're here to help!
- Parent Visit
The first step is to contact us to make an appointment to visit the school. This is an opportunity to observe in our classrooms, converse about your child, and learn about Montessori education and enrollment possibilities. It will help both of us determine if Hollis Montessori is a a good fit for your child, and it is an essential part of the admission process. We accept applications only after parents have visited the school.
- Submit Application
When a decision has been made to apply, please complete an application and submit it with the non-refundable $50 application fee. Be sure to include any transcripts and evaluations, as these are also an important part of your child's application. Applications should be submitted no later than March 1 to be included in the first round of admissions. Admissions continue on a rolling basis after this time, but with very limited openings as the spring progresses.
- Student Visit
After your child's application and fee have been received, we will contact you to arrange your child's visit. This is typically a half hour for Children's House students and between ½ day to 3 days for Elementary and Upper School students, depending on the age of your child. The purpose of this visit is to help determine if Hollis Montessori is the right fit for your child and aids us in class placement.
- Parent Meeting
During or around the same time as your child's classroom visit, we will arrange a time to meet with you to talk more in depth about our programs.
- Admission Decision
The school will begin sending out notifications of acceptance in March and April. In all cases, admission will be determined after careful consideration of the appropriate placement of the child. If there is not an immediate opening for a new student or if a young child is not quite ready to start school, his/her application is added to our waiting list (see below).
If enrollment is offered for your child, you must return your signed enrollment contract and tuition deposit within two weeks of receipt of your acceptance letter. Upon receipt of your tuition deposit, we will hold a place for your child in our program.
If we do not have an opening for a child who has gone through the admissions process, his/her application will be placed on our waiting list. We occasionally experience withdrawals over the spring and summer and urge parents to remain on the waiting list. Due to the need to balance classrooms by age and gender, the waiting list is not a strict "first in first out" process. Children in the waiting pool who are not admitted for the current year and wish to apply for the following year must re-submit an application. The $50 application fee need not be paid again.