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 through 40 months) 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 4 members.

  • Photo of Helena Boyer

    Helena Boyer 

    West Side Montessori
    Toledo Admissions & Marketing Coordinator
  • Photo of Smita Patel

    Smita Patel 

    West Side Montessori
    Toledo Campus Admissions
  • Photo of Anne Spenny

    Anne Spenny 

    West Side Montessori
    Toledo Campus Admissions
  • Photo of Stephanie Sullivan

    Stephanie Sullivan 

    West Side Montessori
    Perrysburg Campus Admissions Coordinator

Admission Checklist

List of 5 items.

  • 1. Visit

    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 Helena Boyer and Anne Spenny at or call (419) 866-1931

    To schedule a tour of the Perrysburg Campus, please contact  Stephanie Sullivan at or call (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. There is a $50 application fee payable at the end of the form.
  • 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, Admissions will notify you of your child's admission status. Enrollment Contracts are sent via email beginning in early March for the following school year.
  • 2024-2025 Key Dates
  • 2023-2024 Key Dates
    Please note that both campuses will be closed in anticipation of the total solar eclipse on Monday, April 8, 2024. This date was added to the Key Dates calendar on Thursday, June 29, 2023.
West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary school, and middle school). We are one of the leading private schools in Toledo and the nation.

WSM does not discriminate on the basis of ethnic origin, race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in the administration of its admission policy, educational policy, or any school-administered program.