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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 scheduling a Classroom Observation visit.  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



Important 2023-2024 Admissions Update: 
At this time we have a waiting list for our Primary and Elementary Programs.
You can submit an application, and if we have an opening, we will reach out to schedule a Classroom Observation. 
Thank you for your understanding.

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-school 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.

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. Tuition Information

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

Tuition for the 3-6 year old program ranges from $8,400 for our half-day program to $14,950 for our full day Pre-K program, and $15,250 for our full day kindergarten program. Elementary tuition is $17,350 for 1st – 3rd grade and $19,250 for 4th – 6th grade. Please click on the link above for additional information including school hours and fees.

3. 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.

To request an admissions packet, please click here to fill out an inquiry form.

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

4. Meet with the Director of Admissions

We offer Classroom Observations during weekday mornings so that you have the opportunity to see Montessori in action. After your application has been received, the Director of Admissions will contact you to schedule a Classroom Observation.  We want to get to know you, tell you about our program, and answer any questions you might have.

5. Child Visit

Once you have submitted an application and met with our Director of Admissions, 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.


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 mid April. 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 experience.

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 the Director of Admissions, schedule a Classroom Observation, 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.