Enrolling a child in Our World Montessori represents a significant financial investment for the average family. At the same time, running a school like ours is not an inexpensive undertaking. Our families are very special people who recognize and appreciate that an investment in early childhood education truly does pay the best dividends as the majority of neurological brain development occurs before a child turns six years old.
We work closely with families during the admissions process to ensure that our school is the best match for the child and the school. We look for children and parents of diverse talents, backgrounds, experiences, and cultures who will benefit from a cooperative, nurturing environment where students are challenged to reach their full potential. Our admissions process begins with a phone call or an e-mail to the Our World office to speak with Diane Lanci. Diane will discuss the Our World programs, explain the Montessori educational philosophy, and answer parents’ preliminary questions.
During this initial phone call or e-mail, parents may set up a visit to tour the school. During this visit, parents will spend time observing in one of our classrooms. Observation time is a wonderful opportunity to see how the Montessori teaching method can benefit your child. As an observer, you will not be interacting with the children in the classroom, but instead seeing firsthand how our students interact with their peers and teachers, care for their environment, and select and complete activities during their morning work cycle. This observation is an adult-only visit. This may sound unconventional, but we have found that parents are better able to observe the classroom in its typical state if they are not caring for their own children at the same time. After observing in the classroom, parents have a chance to ask Diane any questions about the program, their observation period, or how their child might acclimate to the Montessori educational setting. In turn, we have the opportunity to learn about the family and what parents are looking for in the education of their child(ren). At the conclusion of the visit to the school, parents will be offered an enrollment application. If the family feels the school is a good fit for their child(ren), they complete the application and submit it with a non-refundable $50 per child application fee. At this point, each child’s name is placed in our waiting pool. Enrollment priority is offered to families who are committed to keeping their child(ren) at Our World Montessori through the completion of their third year (kindergarten) in our Children’s House (Primary) program. Families whose older children have not completed the entire Children’s House program may not be offered enrollment for their younger children.
All potential students will visit the school and meet with one of our Head Teachers. Once we have completed re-enrollment for our current families in February, we will offer enrollment to families in our waiting pool until our classrooms are fully enrolled for the upcoming school year. Students who are not offered enrollment at that point remain in the waiting pool and will be contacted should an opening arise later in the year.
Our World Montessori is committed to the principal of diversity and admits students of any sex, race, color, creed, national, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. OWM does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, sexual orientation, creed, national or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, or tuition assistance programs.
Our World Montessori is an AMS Full Member School.