Currently accepting applications for the current school year, as well as for 2020/21.
School Application & Tours
We invite you to come and visit our school to learn more about the Montessori method, our School campus, and the unique learning community that exists at WMS!
If you are considering applying or are curious about the school, this is your first step. You can complete an online application to visit during one of our Parent Information Sessions or, if they do not occur at times that are convenient for you, we will help you to schedule a tour with our Head of School or an Admissions representative.
Each visit provides prospective parents and caregivers the opportunity to observe children working in the classroom, tour our beautiful waterfront school, and ask questions during a discussion with the Head of School or Director of Admissions.
Though we follow a School year schedule, and begin our school year in September, (and most preschool children are enrolled accordingly) we still maintain a rolling enrollment, which means that a child does not have to start school in September, but may begin at various intervals during the school year, as a space becomes available.
You will receive an application packet during your school visit. You may submit your completed application in person, via mail, email, or by fax.
Williamsburg Montessori School
450 Kent Avenue 1st Floor Brooklyn, NY 11249
What Happens Next
Upon receipt of your tour request form, the Head of School will contact you to schedule your school tour, or you may join our periodic open house meetings.
Our Infant & Toddlers are on a full year program, with multiple entry points mid year. Applications accepted on a rolling schedule. Acceptance notification within 10 days of application receipt.
Early Enrollment Schedule: Open now.
Applications accepted from September 3rd, 2019 with early acceptance confirmation within 10 days.
Regular Enrollment Schedule:
Application due by February 5th 2020 – Our acceptance Notification: Jan 8th, 2019
You will receive an email notification regarding acceptance of your child into the Williamsburg Montessori School.
Your child’s space will be reserved upon receipt of a signed enrollment contract and tuition deposit.
Your signed Enrollment Contract with Deposit are due back no later than 10 days from our Acceptance Notification email date.
Our Admissions Policies
The admissions policy of Williamsburg Montessori School is based on the educational concepts of Dr. Maria Montessori. We strive to serve a broad range of socioeconomic, religious, cultural, racial and ability groups. As often as is possible, the ages and sexes of children are evenly distributed in each classroom.
- CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY
- Infant Toddler Program (Ages 3 months-2 years)
- Children must be 3 months old at time of admission and do not have to be toilet trained.
- Children should be able to separate from their parents within a reasonable amount of time as determined by the teacher depending on the needs of each individual child.
- Primary Program (Ages 3-6) and Montessori Transition Program (Ages 2-3) Generally, children must be between the ages of 2 and 5 by their start date.
- Infant Toddler Program (Ages 3 months-2 years)
- Children older than 5 who have no prior Montessori experience may be considered for admission after an extensive review by the Admissions Committee.
- Children in the Primary Program (3-6) must be toilet trained. Diapers or pull-up diapers are not permitted. Cotton training pants are permissible.
- ADDITIONAL ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS (for all levels)
- All children over 5 years of age are interviewed by a Montessori teacher before admission to the school.
- All new parents meet with the Head of School and/or the Director of Admissions.
- Copies of any educational or psychological testing must be submitted before admission to the school.
- Education for all children, including those with special needs, will be done within the parameters of the Montessori philosophy and its implementation in the classroom. This implementation implies a multi-sensory approach to education.
- Specific trial periods and evaluation procedures may be established as needed.
- SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN
Children with mild physical, mental or educational difficulties are considered for admission when special care or attention is not required. Reasonable accommodations will be made provided that no changes to the program are required and that the child does not pose a risk to himself or others. A recent diagnostic assessment by qualified professionals which identifies the child’s needs within a mainstream environment is required. Periodic assessment may also be required during the school year and prior to re-enrollment. An educational assessment made during this time will determine:
- The child’s progress.
- That our environment supports the developmental needs of the child.
- Requests for enrollment applications are taken both by telephone and in person.
- An information packet consisting of our brochure stating the philosophy and objectives of Montessori education,, a Fee and Payment schedule, as well as additional information regarding a Montessori education will be mailed or given to interested parents.
- Parents are supplied with an observation tour. A meeting with the Head of School and/or the Director of Admissions is scheduled immediately following the observation to answer questions and explain the programs.
- After an application is submitted an interview for the child may be scheduled.
- Although the school follows a rolling admissions policy, we may limit this to specific start dates to minimize classroom disruptions
Enrollment of students is made on a first come, first served basis given the following priorities:
- Returning students are given first priority until January 20th of the school year preceding fall admission.
- Siblings, former Montessori families, staff children, and children from other Montessori schools are given priority over new students until January 20th, preceding the fall admission.
- The number of children who can be accommodated depends on Montessori guidelines and state regulations. When space is unavailable at the time of application, children may be placed in a waiting list at the parents request.
- Deposits are required within 10 days of notification that space is available. Should the date of application be the same for two prospective students, preference will be given as in #1 and #2 above, and the location of the available space, i.e. Toddler, Primary, Extended Day, or other school preference.
- Parents are notified by email when their child has been accepted.
- Specific policies contained within the financial agreement are binding.
- All class placements are made by the Head of School. We do not accept parent requests for placement. Placements are made to maintain the balance within the classroom with respect to age and gender of children. Generally, children will remain with their classroom teacher until they are ready for placement in the next level appropriate to their educational, emotional and social needs, unless the Head of School feels a change is in the best interest of the child.
- WMS reserves the right to place children in order to maintain balanced classes with respect to numbers of children, their ages, gender and individual needs of students.
- Families will be notified of their child’s placement during the early part of August.
- Teachers will assign a starting date for new students, which may differ from the announced first day of classes. The “phasing-in” of new students allows for a smooth transition for beginning children while maintaining an even rhythm of classroom activities.
We welcome all students regardless of race, religion, national origin, gender or disability.