How does the lottery work?
After the application deadline in February, applications are sorted according to program, time slot, age, and gender, with separate lotteries for each category. Applicants’ names are placed in all lotteries that apply according to the options selected.
Corresponding wait-lists are built from lottery results and are used to complete enrollment after returning students are placed. Siblings and children of alumni also have priority consideration. Spaces are then offered from the lottery generated wait-lists.
Unless enrollment is offered, your child’s name will remain on a wait-list for the school year for which you apply. The wait-lists are used to fill spaces as they come available throughout the spring and summer ahead and into the school year. They do not roll over to the following school year. We will call or email to offer a space if one becomes available. You do not need to confirm your wait-list status.
For inclusion in the lottery, an application must be received no later than February 15th.
Round 2 wait-list
Applications received after the February deadline go to a Round 2 wait-list to be considered for admission if the corresponding lottery wait-list is empty.
Notification of enrollment availability
The lottery is conducted in early March and parents are notified, by letter, by the 15th of March. Notification includes either an offer of enrollment into a specified program and time slot, or wait-list placement status. Any availability after the initial lottery results will be filled directly from the wait-lists. We will offer spaces as they become available. Lottery applicant enrollment offers have 24 hour courtesy hold for a decision before the space is offered to the next applicant on the list. Parents confirm enrollment with a fee due within 2 days of offer.
Re-enrollment for children currently attending the school and their siblings is conducted in February and March. These children have priority. We also strive to create age and gender balance in each class. As re-enrollment is completed we know how many spaces in each age and gender grouping will be available for the following school year.
How many openings do you normally have each year?
Although every year is different, we typically enroll 20-25 new children throughout the course of a school year. We tend to have more openings in our afternoon programs.
If my child does not get in as a Toddler, is it too late to apply in the pre-school?
Absolutely not! Space in the Toddler program is limited, and there are often more openings in the Primary (pre-school) program, especially in the afternoon class.
Do you offer full day programs or Kindergarten?
Only our oldest of children at Children’s Garden stay for a full day (8:15 – 2:15). Our Extended Primary/Kindergarten is for children who are 5 or close to 5 at the start of the school year and who have attended the Primary Program for at least a full year here or in another Montessori school. For many this is their Kindergarten year. All other children are eligible for enrollment in a half-day class.
How do I get the application process started?
Call or e-mail the school for a brochure and admission schedule. These are available in November. Attend an Open House information session, and submit your application and fee before the February 10th deadline. Parents may also want to schedule a classroom observation. Parents should visit the school before the March lottery.
Do you offer financial assistance?
Financial assistance and scholarships are available and may be applied for after placement is offered. Anyone may apply. Decisions are based on individual circumstances. Please contact our Admissions Director for more information. All assistance inquiries and applications are confidential.