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 early March 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 to families of prospective three-year olds in January.

After we have completed all of the family meetings, we hold a lottery of all three-year-old applicants who have met the admission requirements. To be eligible for the lottery, 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 the results of the lottery by early March. 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.

Transfer Students Ages Four and Older
For children ages four and older by September 1, we request applications, records, and recommendation forms by January 22, 2017. 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. 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 that space and arrange for day-long visit in one of our classrooms.

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).
  • After age three, the number of spaces available at a given level varies each year and is based on attrition. We give preference to children in our wait pool who are currently attending other recognized Montessori programs.
  • In keeping with our commitment to diversity, we give additional consideration in our lotteries to children and families from under-represented groups. For children ages four and older, diversity may also be a factor in offering a space to an applicant from the wait pool if there is a need to balance a class in this way.