Admissions

**ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for Fall 2017**
Call us at 919-755-1150 to arrange a classroom observation and tour.


Thank you for your interest in admission to Follow the Child Montessori School!

We accept applications on a rolling basis during most of the year, with our prime admissions season taking place in winter. We send out the bulk of our enrollment offers in early spring after re-enrollment of current students and new student interviews in late February. If you are looking for immediate admission, please contact us at 919-755-1150 to see if we have space available.

There are two ways to submit an application: online or hard copy. To apply online, complete the online application and hit submit. You should see a confirmation that your application has been submitted. To pay the $100 per child application fee, please drop off or mail in a check, or click here to have your credit card charged. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. If you prefer to use hard copy, download the Admissions Application, complete it, and either drop it off or mail it to us, along with a check made out to Follow the Child Montessori School for the $100 application fee, to Follow the Child Montessori School, 3601 Harden Road, Raleigh, NC 27607. Please feel free to call us at 919-755-1150 if you have any questions or contact us via the web.

Follow the Child Montessori School, Inc. admits students of any race, color, creed, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. Follow the Child Montessori School, Inc. does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, or other school-administered programs.

Criteria and Standards

  • Sibling status (priority is given to siblings of children already enrolled)
  • Date the application is received
  • Potential for success in a Montessori environment
  • Fit with the existing classroom community
  • Applicant’s behavior patterns, age appropriate behavior, and social skills
  • Indication of parent-school support
  • Parental support of Montessori principles
  • Priority is given to students with Montessori experience

Application Process

In order for an application to be considered, we require the following:

  • At least one parent must have observed in the classroom
  • Completed Application
  • Application Fee
  • Student Interview
  • Depending on the class level, we may ask for a second interview or for your child to have a brief visit during class
  • Head of School meeting

Observation

Most people begin their school research by visiting schools for a tour and/or classroom observation. We open our classrooms around October 1 each year so that the children in the classroom can gain a level of comfort in their classroom routine and community before we begin bringing other adults into the classroom. Classroom observations usually take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays between 9 and 11 AM. You are welcome to observe in the classroom as long as you like, with most people spending about 20-30 minutes in the classroom. We are able to schedule observations in multiple classrooms (for example, in a Toddler House and Children’s House classroom) on the same day. Elementary observations may also take place in the afternoons. Please be sure to have other arrangements for your child during your observation visit. We try to have as little impact on the classrooms during observations and other children are just too intriguing for our students to ignore!

After your observation, we would love to give you a brief tour of the school and our other classroom levels!

Application

If the school feels like it may be a good fit with your family, you may submit an application any time. We accept children to our programs on a rolling basis, as space is available, and with regard to best timing for the student and classroom. To begin the application process, please apply online or submit a completed Admissions Application with the $100 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and is not applied toward tuition.

Student Interview

Once we receive your application and fee, we will contact you to arrange a time for your child to meet with one of our teachers. This is a time for our teachers to get to know your child and to work with him or her. Student interviews last about 30 minutes. It is not necessary for both parents to attend. For rolling admissions, we schedule these interviews after school is over,  around 3:15, so that we have a classroom and teacher available. Parents submitting applications prior to February for the following school year, will be contacted in early January to arrange a student interview to take place in late February.

Head of School Meeting

As part of the admission process, we arrange a meeting between parents and our Head of School, Dominique Mouthon. We ask that you make other arrangements for your child during this meeting. This is a time to get to know one another and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about Montessori or our school. This meeting usually lasts 45 minutes to an hour.

Enrollment Contract and Deposit

If the admissions committee finds that an applicant is a good fit for the space available in a particular classroom, an offer of enrollment will be extended. You will be notified by mail with a contract. Upon receiving the contract, you have 10 days to respond and accept or decline the position for your child. To accept, return the signed Enrollment Contract along with payment of the tuition deposit (10%) and New Family Fee ($1,500), if applicable. The deposit and New Family Fee are non-refundable. The deposit is applied toward tuition.

Class Placement

We consider the child’s personality, gender, age ratios, and the composition of the existing classes to determine which class will be the best fit for each child.

Questions? Contact Cara Bledsoe at 919-755-1150 or by e-mail at cara@followthechild.org.