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Admissions Process

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 and parents about their experiences at NNM.

Learn more about the admissions process for each level:

Application Deadlines for 2020-2021 School Year

  • For siblings of current students: December 6, 2019
  • For children three years old (by September 1): January 20, 2020
  • For the Parent/Infant Community (six months old by September 1): February 18, 2020
  • For the Toddler Community (two years old by September 1): February 18, 2020
  • For children ages four and older by September 1, we request applications, records, and recommendation forms by January 20, 2020. Applications will be accepted after that date, but availability of spaces may be more limited.

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.

NNM admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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.