Six Rivers Montessori Admissions Policy
(as adopted by Board on 8/7/12)
(last amended on 1/13/16)
Our primary goal in the admissions process is to help each family determine whether our school is a good match with their values and goals, and has a setting that will work best for their individual child. The admissions policy of Six Rivers Montessori is based on the educational concepts of Dr. Maria Montessori. We strive to serve a broad range of socioeconomic, religious, cultural, racial, and ability groups. As often as is possible, the ages and sexes of children are evenly distributed in each classroom. For more information on the guiding principles of our admissions policy, please refer to section five in the school Blueprint.
Criteria for Eligibility
The decision to admit a child into Six Rivers Montessori ultimately rests with the Montessori teacher(s). Lists of prospective students will be maintained for a maximum of five years into the future. Open houses may be offered as needed for families considering our school. Actual enrollment for any given school year will be completed through an Application Process (see next section) that begins 11 months beforehand. The following criteria are considered for enrollment decisions:
- Children entering the elementary program must be over the age of six by September 1st for placement in the First Year class.
- All transfer candidates from other elementary programs, as part of the interviewing process, are required to spend a day in the classroom.
- Previous Montessori experience for a minimum of one year is preferred. Children who have no prior Montessori experience may be considered for admission after an extensive review by the Montessori teacher(s).
- Copies of any educational or psychological testing must be submitted before admission to the school.
- Date of first contact is considered.
- Specific trial periods and evaluation procedures may be established as needed.
- Returning students are given first priority until March 1st of the school year preceding fall admission for re-entrance.
- Siblings, former Montessori families, staff children, and children from other Montessori schools are given priority over new students until March 1st preceding the fall admission, but are still required to meet our “best fit” policy, complete an application for each child, and agree to a current teacher recommendation.
- The number of children who can be accommodated depends on Montessori guidelines and state building regulations. When space is unavailable at the time of application, children may be placed on a waiting list at the parents’ request.
- If a child is initially enrolled in a 2nd- 8th year class their siblings will not necessarily be given priority in enrollment.
- Enrollment at Six Rivers Montessori is an on-going process, meaning that teachers assess regularly whether or not our school continues to be a good fit for a student. Blueprint 5.5: We will promptly consult with parents should it ever become clear that a student is not benefiting from the school’s program, or if the school is not the best program to meet his/or her needs.
- Names and contact information of prospective students are taken a maximum of five years in advance.
- An information packet about Six Rivers Montessori and/or Montessori philosophy may be mailed or given to interested parents.
- In the summer, a year before prospective enrollment date, the Montessori teacher(s) and Head of School (HOS) will confer and select 9-10 students from the contact list to enter into the enrollment process. An enrollment list and waiting list will be established.
- Observation of a class by families selected to enter into the enrollment process is highly recommended. These observations will normally be held in the fall of each year and are for adults only. A meeting with the Head of School is scheduled immediately following the observation to answer questions and explain the programs.
- If still interested, an application will be given to the prospective parent with a deadline for submittal.
- After the HOS receives the application, a teacher recommendation form is sent to the student’s current teacher.
- Once their teacher recommendation is received, and enrollment is approved, prospective parents will be sent a Letter of Confirmation with request for deposit and a deadline for submittal.
- Once the Letter of Confirmation and deposit is received, the student has been officially accepted into Six Rivers Montessori.
- Staff has discretion to open up mid-year enrollment for some or all class levels. The student’s first day would be the Monday after Winter Break or a time recommended by the classroom teacher and agreed upon by the parent.
- When the decision to open mid-year enrollment is made, staff must consider all interested families that inquire.
- The normal Criteria For Eligibility and Admissions Process are followed for all prospective mid-year enrollment candidates.
Special Needs Children
Children with mild physical, mental or educational difficulties are considered for admission when special care is not required. Reasonable accommodations will be made provided that no changes to the program are required and that the child does not pose a risk to himself or others. A recent diagnostic assessment by qualified professionals which identifies the child’s needs within a mainstream environment is required. Periodic assessment may also be required during the school year and prior to re-enrollment. An educational assessment made during this time will determine the child’s progress.
Denial of Admissions
If after the complete application process, the Montessori teacher(s) does not believe that Six Rivers Montessori is the optimum environment for your child then your child will not be granted admission to the school. We realize that every child is unique and has specific needs. In some cases, we may not be able to address the needs of your child. In this case, we will try to recommend some educational alternatives.
It shall be the operational policy of this corporation not to discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, creed or national origin, including but not exclusive of nondiscriminatory admission of students and members, and equal use of all facilities.
Six Rivers Montessori does not exclude or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin (ancestry), religion (creed), age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Six Rivers Montessori directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Six Rivers Montessori arranges to carry out its programs and activities.
This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91.