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Admissions Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT AGES DO YOU ENROLL?

MIR enrolls children 18 months to 6th grade depending on space. Children applying for our Elementary program should have a year or more of previous AMI Montessori educational experience.

WHEN CAN MY CHILD START?

MIR enrolls students year-round depending on space. Admissions are based on a balance of available spaces for each age and program level as well as the child's readiness for the level of independence required in a Montessori classroom.

Admission preference is given in the following order:

  1. Children currently enrolled at MIR.
  2. Siblings of current students, if they are registered during the re-enrollment month (March).
  3. Children with a minimum of one full school year of previous Montessori experience.
  4. New applicants.
WHY DO I HAVE TO DO AN OBSERVATION?

We take your child’s development and education seriously, and we’re sure you do, too. A Montessori education is different than what most of us are used to from a standard school or a childcare facility. It is important that you see for yourself what happens in a classroom before you can make an informed decision on whether Montessori and MIR are right for your child or family.

WHY DO I HAVE TO DO AN OBSERVATION WHEN MY CHILD ISN’T EVEN 3 YET?

Our youngest students are in a school environment and it is much different from what you will see in a childcare facility. They are provided an environment and activities to support their natural development in a number of key areas. It is important for you to spend time in the classroom to understand what that looks like. Most parents are surprised by what they see.

Let us say this plainly: you are not signing up for childcare when you enroll a child younger than preschool or kindergarten at MIR. School is not a euphemism MIR uses to describe a childcare environment. It is important that you see it for yourself to make the decision on whether Montessori and MIR are right for your child or your family.

WHY MUST BOTH PARENTS BE AT THE OBSERVATION?

A Montessori education is much different than what most of us are used to from a standard school or a childcare facility. Most families come away from the observation with an entirely new view of what their children are capable of. It is important that both parents understand the implications of the Montessori environment to make an informed decision on whether Montessori and MIR is right for your child or your family.

WHY DO OBSERVATIONS TAKE 1.5 HOURS?

You will spend time in the classroom observing students. You will then meet with the Admissions Director to discuss and ask questions about what you saw. These take time. It is best to think of the observation as a meeting, not a tour.

WHY CAN’T I SCHEDULE AN OBSERVATION IMMEDIATELY?

Observations involve parents sitting in classrooms for a period of time. Too many parents in the classroom at one time would disrupt students, so we must keep groups small. This limits the number of observations we can offer. Demand for openings and for those observations is high. For these reasons, our observation calendar books up quickly and several months out.

If you schedule an observation and cannot make it, please notify us. That way we can accommodate parents who might be on a cancellation wait list for observations.

CAN I REQUEST A SPECIFIC TEACHER FOR MY CHILD?

We will take your request into consideration; however, admissions are based on a balance of available spaces for each age and program level. The class you want may simply not have the space. We also take into consideration your child’s temperament as well as their developmental and academic needs to place him or her with the teacher who will best help them grow and progress.

MY CHILD ALREADY ATTENDS MIR. CAN HIS/HER SIBLING START AT ANY TIME?

You will need to follow the admissions process for siblings. Once you have completed an observation, siblings can be registered during the early re-enrollment month (February) at a discounted enrollment fee of $350.

HOW DO I GUARANTEE PLACEMENT?

Due to high demand for openings at all ages, we are unable to guarantee placement for any reason.

IS THERE FINANCIAL AID?

Financial assistance is available only to current families who have been enrolled for a year or more. Assistance is limited to families facing unexpected, sudden financial challenges. The aid provides partial tuition assistance to help keep their students enrolled at MIR so that the children do not have to face the additional stress of a change in schools.

DO YOU ACCEPT GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FUNDING FOR TUITION?

We are unable to accept government assistance vouchers for tuition payments.