The goal in the admission process is to work closely with you to help determine whether our program and philosophy is a good fit with your goals and family values. Montessori education is concerned with the development of the whole child and our methods are most successful when there is a high degree of congruence between home and school expectations.
At Sagebrush Montessori children typically begin school around the age of 3. The admissions process begins the fall before the year your child will start. Interested families are asked to fill out the Interest Form, attend a Parent Information Session or Parent Education Evening, and observe in our classrooms before submitting a waitlist application. Once an application has been submitted, your child will be placed in a wait pool until a space is confirmed. Submitting an application does not guarantee admission into our program. Confirmations will begin in February and continue through the spring as availability permits.
Parent Interest Form and Parent Information Sessions
Our parent interest forms will be available in November. To express interest in the program, start by filling out the parent interest form in November 2020. We will then send you an email with upcoming dates for Parent Information Sessions and classroom observations. Attending a Parent Information session is required before signing up for an observation.
After attending an information event, prospective parents must observe a classroom in session. It is hoped that both parents will observe if possible. We ask that children not accompany parents at this observation to minimize classroom distractions, and to provide parents with an opportunity to fully attend to the classroom environment. You will be given guidelines for non-obtrusive observation. After the observation, you will have an opportunity to discuss your impressions and questions with a school administrator.
If you are interested in enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year please fill out the Parent Interest Form and we will email you instructions for how to sign up for a Parent Information Session.
Applications, Acceptance and Placement
After your observation, you will be provided with a waitlist application. When you have gathered enough information to make an informed decision, you may submit the application form, an authorization for request of student records (transfer students only), and the application fee. The $25 application fee is non-refundable. You will be placed in the wait pool and notified of placement on a waitlist status starting in February. Enrollment will continue through the spring until all available openings have been filled.
Throughout the enrollment process we take a variety of details into account:
Siblings of children already enrolled in the program
Balancing classrooms by age and gender
Previous Montessori experience (if 4 or older)
Attendance at one of our Parent Information Sessions
Date your form of interest was received.
Once your child has been offered placement, you will have two weeks to fill out registration documents and pay school fees. Information about school fees can be found under the Admissions --> Tuition and Fees tab.