Admissions Policy.

ACCEPTANCE OF QUALIFIED STUDENTS

    • Children are evaluated on the basis of readiness for school and potential for success in a Montessori classroom. It is equally important to determine whether the parents’ educational philosophy is compatible with that of Pinelands Montessori.

TODDLER (2-3 year olds)

    • Children ages between 2 and 3 may begin their Montessori experience in our Toddler Community.

EARLY CHILDHOOD (3-6 year olds)

    • The Early Childhood community is a three – four-year program, starting around three years of age and continuing through till age six. Completion of the full program allows a child to reap full academic and social benefits, and to experience leadership within the classroom community.
    • Please note, independent toileting is required for placement within an EC classroom.

FOUNDATION PHASE – Year 1-3 (6-9 year olds)

    • Foundation phase students coming from other Montessori schools, with continuous Montessori experience as well as students coming from non-Montessori backgrounds (after a qualifying assessment) are eligible for admission on a space available basis following a classroom visit and interview with a Directress.
    • We require the student’s most recent progress report be submitted with the application.  A confidential teacher-recommendation form, obtained from the Admission Office and signed by the parent will be sent to the child’s present school.
    • A visit will be scheduled for the student and an informal assessment will be made.

WAITING LIST

    • All applications are placed into our wait pool through the process of admissions.
    • Applicants are chosen from the wait pool based on several factors.
    • The primary point of evaluation is that of readiness for school and potential for success in a Montessori classroom.
    • Priority is given to siblings of currently enrolled students.
    • The age and gender of the applicant are also taken into consideration in an effort to balance classroom environments.