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    Susan French-Lawyer
    Director of Admissions
    Montessori School of Syracuse

    155 Waldorf Parkway
    Syracuse, NY 13224
    315.449.9033

    mssadmissions@gmail.com

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Admissions

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!

Warmly,

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 PROCESS

 
ADMISSIONS APPOINTMENTS FOR FALL 2021 ENROLLMENT ARE FULLY BOOKED UNTIL THE END OF MAY, AND NO ADDITIONAL APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.

WE ARE COMPLETING THE INTERVIEW AND ADMISSIONS PROCESS WITH CURRENT APPLICANTS, AND WILL HAVE A BETTER IDEA OF OUR SPACE IN MID-MAY. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN BEING ON OUR ADMISSIONS WAITING LIST, PLEASE FILL OUT AN APPLICATION (SEE STEP #4) AND WE WILL REACH OUT TO YOU AS OPENINGS BECOME AVAILABLE.

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.

1. Admissions Brochure

Please view our Admissions Brochure below or request a printed Admissions Packet by clicking here.

 

 

2. Programs and Tuition Structure

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

3. Meet with the Director of Admissions

Classroom Observation visits are typically conducted on campus weekday mornings. During a school visit, you will meet with the Admissions Director, tour the school, and spend 20 minutes observing in a classroom. Because we are limiting the number of people on campus due to Covid-19, we are doing these visit virtually.  We want to get to know you, tell you about our program, and answer any questions you might have.

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

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. 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.

DEADLINES & 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.

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 (currently on hold)

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.