Children are typically admitted to West Side Montessori in the Little House
(13 months and walking through 40 months before Sept. 30) and Children’s House
(three years before August 1 through kindergarten) levels.
Montessori classrooms incorporate multi-age groupings and whenever possible, children stay with the same teaching team and classmates. To take advantage of this unique learning opportunity, parents are encouraged to plan for a multi-year commitment to the school and enroll their child as early as possible.
Although children may be accepted at any age, for the maximum benefit of the program, we encourage enrollment no later than three to four years of age.
Because the school adheres to the Montessori educational philosophy that stresses individual responsibility for learning, potential students at any level will be assessed for admission on the basis of their ability to make developmentally appropriate choices. Children are also assessed for their ability to participate in group lessons.
When a space is offered, at any age level, parents complete the enrollment process by making a non-refundable tuition deposit.
Because the school believes that an optimal learning experience can be attained only through the school and parents working in partnership, parents sign a partnership agreement upon enrollment (and annually thereafter) in which they acknowledge and accept their role in the education of their child. The agreement is an affirmation of responsible parenting practices and clarifies the level of involvement expected from and by the school.