Our admission process and criteria vary according to the age of prospective students and the programs to which they are applying. In general, our process seeks to determine to what degree the prospective student demonstrates intellectual curiosity, self-motivation, and age appropriate behavior. The student screening process also involves a meeting and observation period involving the Head of School, one or more teachers, and the prospective student and his/her parents or legal guardian.
We seek students and their guardians who will benefit from and contribute to our vibrant and diverse school community. Archgate Montessori Academy welcomes students of any race, color, religion, national, or ethnic origin. We value and celebrate the diversity that enriches our world through the customs, traditions, and perspectives of people of different cultures, religions, genders, and socioeconomic groups. We believe that diversity is an essential component of a quality education and that it encourages the respect for and empowerment of the individual while discouraging the formation of stereotypes and prejudices. Our school population reflects the diversity of the world in which we live.
We recommend that interested parents apply at least six to nine months in advance of their desired enrollment date; this is often based upon when their child turns 18 months (toddler program) or when their child turn 3 years of age (primary/early childhood classroom). Applications are accepted throughout the year and prospective students are placed in the waiting pool pending classroom availability. Applications are available at Prospective Parent tours offered throughout the school year. Call the office today to reserve your space in our next tour.
Prospective parents must contact the school and schedule an appointment to meet with the Head of School, Rebecca Bernard. We encourage parents to plan for a morning visit and tour of the facilities as the best way to gauge the school's environment is to observe while classes are in session. Parents are invited to observe the classroom environment, see student activities, and get a feel for the manner in which students and teachers interact.
Enrollment offers are extended based upon several factors. Determining whether there is a match between the family's and the school's education goals for the child is the primary consideration. Siblings of current students and student alumni are given precedence. Our minimum standards for admission and continuing attendance include a determination of whether the child:
- Is age appropriate for the emotional maturity range of the class
- Fits within the academic curriculum range for the class
- Respects other individuals and acts in accordance with the school's behavioral standards.
- Exhibits respect for self and demonstrates a motivation to learn
One of the school's goals is to maintain an age and gender balance within each classroom. Each application will be reviewed by an admission committee comprised of the Head of School and the prospective child's homeroom teachers.
A non-refundable application, registration and appropriate supply fee must be paid in order to secure classroom placement. When full occupancy exists, applications are considered for our remaining spaces on an 'as-available' basis and subject to our enrollment criteria.