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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 viewing or requesting an Admissions packet, and then by connecting with me via Zoom or FaceTime.  You can read more about the different steps of the admissions process below.  Meanwhile, I look forward to meeting you and telling you about 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.

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



Admissions at the Montessori School of Syracuse are conducted on a rolling basis.  The application process is simple. We offer enrollment to families based upon the date their application is submitted, and there is no application fee.

Pre-K and Kindergarten admissions appointments are 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.

Due to our Covid-19 safety protocols, we are unable to welcome parents or students into our Elementary our classrooms at this time. The Director of Admissions will work with each family to determine how best to provide you with information about our program and learn more about your child. Admissions meetings for parents of Elementary students occur between October 1 and May 1 of each year for the following school year.

1. Admissions Brochure

Please view our Admissions Brochure below or request a printed Admissions Packet by filling out an inquiry form under #3 below.

2. Programs and Tuition Structure

Our current program offerings and tuition structure are available by clicking here.

3. Meet with the Director of Admissions

We typically offer Classroom Observations during weekday mornings so that you have the opportunity to see Montessori in action. Because we are limiting the number of visitors to campus during Covid-19, we are doing these visits virtually during the 2021-2022 school year. You will be able to make an appointment to meet with the Director of Admissions via Zoom, FaceTime or phone call.  We want to get to know you, tell you about our program, and answer any questions you might have. To schedule an Admissions conversation or request a printed admissions packet,  please click here to fill out an inquiry form.

4. Submit an Application

The next step is to  fill out an application for admission. The application will be mailed with the Admissions Packet or you can download a PDF of the application and email it back to Susan at mssadmissions@gmail.com.

Students will be considered for admission in the order that their applications are received.

5. Child Visit

Once you have met with our Director of Admissions and submitted an application, 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 their 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. This year, we will hold this meeting in person, with masks on, in one of our Cottages. Older students typically will spend the morning in one of our Elementary classrooms, but because this is not possible due to our Covid-19 safety protocols, alternate arrangements will be made.


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.

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.


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.