Admission Process

Children are considered for admission after parents complete an Admission Application.
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.

Questions? Contact our Admissions Team

List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Anne Spenny

    Anne Spenny 

    Admission Director
  • Photo of Brandi Parcell

    Brandi Parcell 

    Perrysburg Campus Director
  • Photo of Helena Boyer

    Helena Boyer 

    Admission Assistant and Marketing Coordinator

Admission Checklist

List of 5 items.

  • 1. Visit

    Open houses and tours offer the opportunity to learn more about the Montessori philosophy, visit classrooms and ask a lot of questions.
    To schedule a tour of the Toledo Campus please contact Admission Director Anne Spenny at: or (419) 866-1931

    To schedule a tour of the Perrysburg Campus please contact  Campus Director Brandi Parcell at: or (419) 874-9385.
  • 2. Submit Application

    Once you have visited and determined that you would like to apply to West Side Montessori, please fill out the Admission Application online. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
  • 3. Submit Previous Records

    Children 13 months through kindergarten:
    All assessments, screening tools, evaluations and/or testing information must be submitted to the Admission and Placement Committee.

    For children entering grades 1-8:
    A copy of a recent grade card, standardized test results, as well as a copy of any special education or psychological evaluations,  should be submitted in person or mailed to the Admission Director. Please give permission to a current or previous teacher to speak with a member of the Admission Committee regarding your child.
  • 4. Child Visit

    Children 13 months through 5 years:
    Children visit with parents. This is a short visit designed to observe the child's response to Montessori materials and faculty. If separation is possible, parents will leave the room while the child uses the classroom materials.

    For children entering kindergarten:
    A visit for two consecutive days will be scheduled. This visit gives the child the opportunity to become more familiar with the school and gives the teachers the opportunity to evaluate the child's ability to handle the program expectations. Parents meet with Education and Admission staff following the visit.

    For children entering grades 1-8:
    After the Admission and Placement Committee reviews the appropriate records and determines that West Side is a good match for your child, a visit for three, full, consecutive days will be scheduled.

    This visit gives the child the opportunity to become more familiar with the school and gives the teachers the opportunity to evaluate the child's commitment to learning and ability to handle the behavioral expectations. Parents meet with the teachers, Education Director and Admission Director following the visit.
  • 5. Admission Decision

    Upon completion of the above steps, the Admission Director will notify you of your child's admission status. Acceptances are sent via email beginning in early March for the following school year.

    Siblings of current students are given priority. Parents confirm their child's enrollment by electronically submitting the Enrollment Intent with a non-refundable tuition deposit to reserve a space for their child.

    Additional forms that are required will be available online mid-June.