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    Susan French-Lawyer
    Director of Admissions
    Montessori School of Syracuse

    155 Waldorf Parkway
    Syracuse, NY 13224


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Welcome to the Montessori School of Syracuse!

Watch this video to learn more about MSS!

The decision about where to send your child for school is an important one, and we want to help you determine if Montessori is the place for your preschool or elementary-aged child. 

I invite you to get to know us better — first by requesting an Admissions packet, and then by attending an Open House and observing in one of our classrooms. You can read more about the different steps of the admissions process below.  Meanwhile, I look forward to meeting you and showing you our wonderful school!


Susan French-Lawyer
Director of Admissions


*PLEASE NOTE:  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have changed our Admissions process to protect all members of our school community.

According to our reopening plan, we will be reducing the number of people in our school building. This means that we are unable to welcome prospective parents into our classrooms at this time, but we still want to connect with you, tell you about our amazing Montessori program, and answer any questions you might have. Please email Susan, our Director of Admissions, to initiate your child’s admissions process for the 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 school years. 

For more information on how our school community is addressing the health and safety of our community at this time, please visit our Covid-19 FAQ page

The Admissions Process

Admissions at the Montessori School of Syracuse are conducted on a rolling basis. After you contact our office, we will send you an Admissions packet that includes our brochure, tuition information and an application. We offer enrollment to families based upon the date their application is submitted, and there is no application fee.

Click Here to Request an Admissions Packet

Classroom Observations (*on hold for now)

Classroom Observation visits are conducted most weekday mornings and usually last between one and two hours. If your schedule makes a morning visit difficult, please ask and we will do our best to accommodate you. During a school visit, you will meet with the Admissions Director, tour the school, and spend 20 minutes observing in a classroom. These visits are for adults only, so please make alternate arrangements for young children.

Email Susan for More Information (mssadmissions@gmail.com)

Child Visit (*on hold for now)

Once the school visit has been completed, you will be invited to schedule a Child Visit. The purpose of this visit is for us to get to know your child better and to determine your child’s school readiness and fit for the Montessori classroom. For preschool and kindergarten students, this is a low key visit that involves playing with toys and casual conversation. Older students will spend the morning in one of our Elementary classrooms.

Deadlines and Policies

Montessori School of Syracuse does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, religion or national origin in hiring staff or admitting students, and is committed to excellence through diversity.

Pre-K and Kindergarten admissions occur on a rolling basis, with appointments generally available year-round.  The Classroom Observation and Child Visit are required before your child can be admitted to our 3-6 year-old program.  We highly recommend that you attend an Open House as well.  Students typically begin school in September or January.

Elementary admissions visits are held between October 1 and May 1 of each year.  In order to ensure that our school is a good fit for your child, you need to see a Montessori classroom in action, and we need ample time to get to know your child.  The Classroom Observation is the starting point of our admissions process, and is required prior to a child being admitted to the Elementary program.  Families inquiring about elementary admissions after May 1, will be put on a waiting list, and their visits will be scheduled for the following October.


The range of tuition rates for the 2020-2021 school year is listed below.

Pre-K Half-Day (3 & 4 year olds)$7,500
Pre-K Full-Day (3 & 4 year olds)$14,500
1st grade – 3rd grade$16,950
4th grade – 6th grade$18,100

Tuition is payable on a monthly basis, beginning in July, for a 12 month period. We offer a 2% discount for tuition paid in full by August 1.

We also offer Early Arrival, After Hours and Holiday Care* programs on an annual or per diem basis.

Financial Aid

Montessori School of Syracuse’s goal is to make a Montessori education possible for as many Central New York families as our budget allows.  Financial Aid applications are available at the school office or from the Director of Admissions.  Applications are due, with a copy of your tax return for the prior year, in late April, and families are notified of awards in May.

Open House*

Twice a year, the Montessori School of Syracuse holds an Admissions Open House for families interested in learning more about our school. Unlike a Classroom Observation, which occurs during the week, the Open House gives you a chance to speak with teachers and learn more about our curriculum. Parents who observe in our classrooms and attend an Open House will gain a rich understanding of what makes Montessori such a special and unique learning opportunity.

The Open House is a drop-in event, from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon. We offer an Open House in the Fall and one in the Spring. In addition to touring our classrooms, you can visit each of several curriculum tables set up in the school’s Great Room. You may also take this opportunity to meet with the Admissions Director, schedule a School Visit, and collect an Admissions brochure. Children are welcome to attend the Open House with their parents. We will have tables set up for coloring and play-doh, in addition to a refreshments table.