Admissions

The Children's House Montessori School welcomes curious learners and their families in a partnership dedicated to meeting the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical needs of each child. Our admissions process is designed to introduce children and families to the philosophy and practice of Montessori education and to the vibrant Children’s House community. Applications are accepted throughout the year; most admissions decisions are made in the spring, with exceptions made for occasional midyear entry. The admissions process is also a vehicle for parents and the School to determine the fit between home and school in terms of Montessori philosophy and practice, cultural values, and academic expectations.

A Walk Through the Admissions Process – How to Navigate with Ease

Interested families may call, email, or stop by the school to request an admissions packet.

Following review of the packet, parents may call the School at 236-2911 to schedule a school tour, including a classroom observation and a meeting with Administrative Director Kristin Sidwell. This adult-only chance for parents to experience Montessori education first-hand is a required step in the admissions process. You may request an Application for Admissions and a Financial Aid packet when you visit.

After visiting, parents may submit the completed Application with a $50.00 non-refundable fee to secure a spot for their child in our applicant pool.

Upon receipt of the application and non-refundable fee, we will open a file for your child. We schedule applicants to visit a classroom in early spring. Primary age children visit with a parent for an hour during the morning. Elementary age children visit independently for at least one full day. Toddler applicants do not visit in advance, except for a possible walk through with parents when class is not in session. We want you to have a chance to see the school through your child’s eyes, for teachers to determine the child's readiness, and for all of us to get better acquainted.

Children’s House offers priority in enrollment to currently enrolled students and their siblings. Parents of prospective siblings and the siblings themselves (except toddlers) are required to visit CHMS as part of the admissions process.

We will notify prospective families of admissions decisions as soon as the re-enrollment period for current families has closed in the spring. We offer new families a predetermined length of time to respond and enroll by signing and returning the Enrollment Contract with the non-refundable Registration Fee, the Tuition Refund Fee and an Activity Fee (where applicable). A child is considered enrolled only when the Enrollment Contract is signed and returned with the requested fees. The school guarantees placement only when the contract and fees are returned by the requested date.

We welcome your interest! Please call weekdays to schedule a visit or speak to Kristin Sidwell, Administrative Director.

2014-2015 Tuition & Fee Schedule

  Toddler
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Primary
8:30 a.m. – Noon
Primary Extended Day
Noon – 3:00 p.m.
Kindergarten
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Elementary
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuition 5 AMs: $5,595 5 AMs: $5,640 4 PMs: $2,185 $7,830 $8,270
3 AMs: $4.064 4 AMs: $4,065 3 PMs: $1,965
2 AMs: $2,865  3 AMs: 4120
2 PMs: $1,420
Tuition Refund Fee The fees below reflect 3.3% of the Annual Tuition and are required with quarterly and monthly payment plans.
5 AMs: $184.60 $186.00 4 PMs: $72.10 $258.40 $272.90
3 AMs: $134.13 4 AMs: $161.20 3 PMs: $64.85
2 AMs: $84.15  3 AMs: $135.95 2 PMs: $45.85

Program Days

Toddler (18 months – 3 years) 8:30 a.m. - Noon
Choose from: 5 mornings; 3 mornings (Monday, Wednesday, Friday); or 2 mornings (Tuesdays and Thursdays)

Primary (3-5 years) 5 mornings or 4 consecutive mornings, 8:30 a.m. - Noon
3 mornings MTW- WThF- TWTh- MWF 830am-Noon

Primary Extended Day 3-5 mornings and choose 2, 3, or 4 afternoons (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) 8:30 - 3:00 p.m. (Wednesday afternoons are contracted separately)

Kindergarten (5-6 years) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 3:00 p.m.; Wednesdays 8:30 – Noon

Elementary (6-10 years) Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:30 – 3:00 p.m.; Wednesday 8:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Financial Policies

Enrollment

A child is considered enrolled upon receipt of the completed Enrollment Contract, the Registration Fee, and the Tuition Refund Fee.

Tuition Payment Plans

CHMS offers three tuition payment plans as outlined below:

  • Plan A: Single Payment Schedule – Payment in full is due no later than June 1, 2014.
  • Plan B: Quarterly Payment Plan – Payment is due in four equal installments: June 1, 2014; September 1, 2014; December 1, 2015; March 1, 2015
  • Plan C: Monthly Payment Plan – Payment is due in ten equal installments from June 1, 2014 to March 1, 2015.

Payments

Payments may be made by Check, ACH Bank Draft, Mastercard, Visa or Discover. We do not accept debit cards. Checks may be mailed or left at the School Office.

Please Note: A $5 service charge will be applied with each invoice on the quarterly and monthly payment plans. A late fee of 1.5% per month (18% per annum) will be assessed on unpaid balances beginning on the 10th day of the month tuition is due.

Refundable Fees and Tuition

The Tuition Refund Fees is refundable prior to June 1, 2014.

Non-refundable Fees and Tuition

The Registration Fee is non-refundable. The overhead expenses of the School do not diminish with the departure of students during the course of the year and your obligation to pay tuition for the full academic year is unconditional after acceptance of the Enrollment Contract by the School. No portion of tuition paid or outstanding will be refunded or canceled even in the event of absence, withdrawal or dismissal of a student after June 1, 2014.

In view of this UNCONDITIONAL OBLIGATION, the Tuition Refund Fee is required of all families not paid in full by June 1, 2014 to insure partial payment of fees in the event of separation from the School. The Tuition Refund Fee is strongly recommended for families choosing the Single Payment option. The premium is based on 3.3% of the annual tuition. The Fee does not cover the full amount of tuition, which may be owed to the school in cases of withdrawal, and any amount not covered is the responsibility of the party or parties specified in the contract. See Tuition Refund Plan description sheet for a full explanation.

Non-transferability of Tuition and Fees

The annual tuition and fees are not transferable and will not be applied to another child's Tuition or Registration.

Student Accounts in Arrears

A student's Enrollment Contract will not be accepted from a parent and/or legal guardian whose payments of tuition and fees are in arrears from the previous school year. The School will release a student's records only when the student's account is paid in full.