Under California Health and Safety Code, Sections 120325-120375, children in California are required to receive certain immunizations in order to attend public and private elementary and secondary schools, child care centers, family day care homes, nursery schools, day nurseries, and developmental centers (pre-kindergarten facilities). See shotsforschool.org/laws for the full text of the laws.
As both a licensed day care facility and a private elementary school, MIR is required by these statutes to enforce immunization requirements, maintain immunization records of all children enrolled, and submit reports.
Children will not be enrolled at MIR unless an immunization record is presented and immunizations are up to date, with some exceptions:
Personal beliefs exemption: Personal belief exemptions on file at MIR before January 1, 2016 for a child already attending remain valid until the child reaches the next immunization checkpoint (ages 4-6, age 7/1st grade). At the next checkpoint, you must present an immunization record with up-to-date immunizations to MIR in order for your child to remain enrolled.
Under California Senate Bill (SB) 277, beginning January 1, 2016 parents were no longer able to file exemptions based on personal beliefs, including religious beliefs, to vaccines that are currently required for entry into childcare or school in California. Only medical exemptions are now allowed.
Medical exemption: Children with a medical exemption must present a signed letter from a doctor licensed to practice in California on official letterhead stating why there is an exemption and the duration of the exemption, temporary or permanent. If the exemption is temporary, the letter must provide a date when the exemption expires.
For more information about school immunization requirements and resources, please visit the California Department of Public Health’s website at shotsforschool.org.
The State of California has updated California Code of Regulations Title 17 Division 1, Chapter 4, Subchapter 8 to provide a new immunization schedule for students and to add a requirement for a second dose of the varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. This new schedule and requirement will be in force as of July 1, 2019.
MIR’s admissions practice regarding unconditional admissions and conditional admissions will be to follow California state law as expressed in this document. Parents are advised to review the document to understand the laws and MIR’s admissions practice.
MIR provides a Montessori education based on the principles and practices of the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Montessori classrooms are specially prepared environments, with specifically designed manipulatives in many curricular areas, designed to meet the needs of children at their stage of development. If you would like to schedule an observation, please complete the form below and you will be contacted for an appointment. Observations are for parents/guardians only.
We appreciate your interest in MIR and look forward to meeting with you.
At MIR, we enroll 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:
- Children currently enrolled at MIR.
- Siblings of current students, if they are registered during the re-enrollment month (February).
- Children with a minimum of one full school year of previous Montessori experience.
- New applicants.
1. Schedule an observation.
The observation takes 1.5-2 hours and includes
- Touring the school.
- Observing the learning environment for your child’s age.
- Meeting with the Assistant Head of School.
Observations are required for all age groups, and both parents are required to attend. A child cannot be admitted before both parents have completed an observation. (A second parent is not required to attend if the child has only one parent or guardian.)
2. Submit an application.
After the observation, you may complete an application and pay the application fee of $500. Most of our classrooms are at full capacity. Submitting an application ensures a spot in our wait pool.
Please do not submit an application until you have been invited to do so. We will not be able to process it.
The link to apply for the 2019-20 school year will be available beginning April 22, 2019 at 8 a.m.
MIR will contact you when space opens for your child. Please notify MIR of any changes to your contact information to ensure that we can reach you.
Once you confirm acceptance, you are obligated to take the space and continue with the admissions process.
- If you choose to delay the start date, you may forfeit the application fee and available space.
- If space is not available by April of the current school year, you will have the option to request a refund of the application fee or remain in the wait pool for the following school year.
When your child is admitted, you will be sent a personalized link to our online Enrollment Contract for completion. You must:
- Complete all forms.
- Agree to adhere to the terms of the enrollment contract and the policies in the Parent Handbook & Survival Guide.
- Pay all applicable enrollment fees.
5. Parent and student meetings.
When your enrollment is complete, you will meet with school administration and your child's teacher for an orientation and interview. Depending on the age of your child, we may also require visiting days.
Prior to the meetings, you will receive a new student licensing packet for completion from the admissions office. This packet must be completed and returned to the admissions office before your child's first day of school.
If you have a child currently enrolled at MIR, you will need to follow the full admissions process before enrolling siblings. Once you have completed an observation, siblings can be registered during the early re-enrollment month (February) for a discounted application fee. Applying during the re-enrollment month does not guarantee a space for the sibling. Siblings are given priority consideration for enrollment.