Admissions Process and Policies

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It all starts with coffee. All applicants should plan to attend one of our coffee tours. Coffees include presentations about our curriculum and philosophy, as well as a tour through classrooms while students are at work, followed by an opportunity to hear from older children about their experiences at NNM.

Parent/Infant (6 months old by September 1 of entry year)
Toddler Community (2 years old by September 1 of entry year)
The Parent/Infant class is offered once a week on Fridays from 8:45-10:45am. Children may be accompanied by  a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. There are two Toddler Community classes. The 4-day, half-day class meets Monday-Thursday from 8:25-11:35am. The 5-day, full-day class meets Monday-Friday from 8:25am-3:30pm, with before and after school care available (at an additional charge) from 7:30am-5:30pm.

After the application deadline, all applicants are entered into a lottery to allocate available spaces in both of these programs. To be eligible for the Parent/Infant and Toddler lotteries, families must submit an application by the application deadline and attend a coffee tour. We notify families by the end of February with the results from the lottery. If we are not able to offer an applicant a space before the beginning of the school year, the child’s name will be placed in the wait pool and the Admissions Office will contact the family the following October to confirm interest in rolling over the application to the following year.

Primary (3 years old by September 1 of entry year)
The application deadline for three-year-old applicants is earlier than for the Parent/Infant and Toddler Community classes because all parents of three-year-olds are invited along with their child to meet an Admissions staff member before the end of February. The purpose of this family meeting is to determine whether the child, the family, and NNM are a good match. A letter with more information is sent in January to families who have applied for this age level.

All students who complete the application process are considered for admission. Because of the number of applications we receive, we are not able to offer a space to all who apply. To be eligible for admission, families must submit an application by the application deadline, as well as attend both a coffee tour and a family meeting. We notify families of admissions decisions by the end of February. If we are not able to offer an applicant a space during the initial notification period, the child’s name will be placed in the wait pool and the Admissions Office will contact the family if space becomes available at a later time. The Admissions Office contacts all families in the wait pool each October to confirm interest in rolling over the application to the following year.

Transfer Students Ages Four and Older
For children ages four and older by September 1, we request applications, records, and recommendation forms by January 21, 2018. Once an application is submitted, the child’s name will be added to the wait pool for his/her age group and he/she will be considered for admission if a space becomes available. We give preference to children in our wait pool who are currently attending other recognized Montessori programs.

The number of spaces available for transfer applicants varies by grade level and from year to year based on attrition. It is not unusual for there to be no openings for a grade, though this may change late in the admission process. If no space is available for a child for the upcoming school year, families may roll over the application to the following year. There is no need to submit a new application or additional fee.

When openings arise and following the receipt of all requested information, we will contact families if their child is eligible to fill a space. We invite the parents of an applicant, along with their child, to meet with an Admissions staff member. The purpose of this meeting is to determine whether the child, the family, and NNM are a good match. Elementary-aged children may also spend a day visiting in one of our classrooms. Several students will be considered for each available space. We make our admission decisions based on the needs and qualifications of the applicants and the needs of the school.

Junior High
Near North Montessori’s Junior High (also known as 12-14) includes grades 7 and 8, and is a transitional program that acts as a bridge between Montessori elementary education and high school. Beginning in Junior High, students receive grades for each academic discipline, choose electives, and participate in numerous educational ventures including a student-run business and community exchange. The program balances rigorous academics with meaningful hands-on work.

When space is available, Montessori transfers are preferable, however all candidates for 7th grade who love learning and are curious and internally motivated should apply. Interested families should plan to attend a coffee tour and submit an online application. When openings arise and following the receipt of all requested information, we will contact families if their child is eligible to fill a space and arrange for day-long visit in one of our classrooms.

Admissions Considerations
Many factors are considered in making admissions decisions, including:

  • Children who meet social, emotional, and academic expectations as determined by the Admissions Committee.
  • Parents who show a willingness to being informed, involved, and invested in NNM and the Montessori curriculum.
  • Families committed to partnering with teachers and administration, and whose values are aligned with NNM’s mission.
  • A long-term commitment to Near North Montessori.
  • For children four and older, current academic information, such as transcripts, teacher recommendations, classroom visits, and parent interviews are also taken into consideration.

Additional Admissions Considerations

  • Siblings of currently enrolled students, children of NNM alumni, and staff children are given priority placement when applying to NNM once the child’s suitability to the curriculum has been established. However, withdrawing one child from NNM prior to graduation will result in the cancellation of Enrollment Contracts for any other children in the same family. In some limited circumstances, such as a diagnosed learning difference or proven financial hardship, a student may leave NNM without affecting the enrollment status of remaining sibling(s).
  • In keeping with our commitment to diversity, we give additional consideration in our admissions process to children and families from under-represented groups, once the child’s suitability to the program has been established.