After touring and observing a classroom, if you feel FCM may be a good fit for your child and family, you may submit an application. We accept children to our programs on a rolling basis, as space is available, and with regard to best timing for the student and classroom.
To begin the application process, you must first inquire with our Admissions office to schedule a tour.
STUDENT – TEACHER MEETING
Once we receive your application and fee, we will contact you to arrange a time for your child to meet with one of our teachers. This is a time for our teachers to get to know your child and to work with him or her. Student-teacher meetings last about 30 minutes.
It is not necessary for both parents to attend. For prospective Toddler House students, a parent will accompany the child in the classroom for the student-teacher meeting. During the school year, we schedule these meetings after the school day is over, around 3:15 p.m., so that we have a classroom and teacher available. Parents submitting applications prior to February for the following school year will be contacted in early January to arrange a student-teacher meeting in January or early February.
HEAD OF SCHOOL MEETING
As part of the admission process, we arrange a meeting between parents and our Head of School, Rebecca McGrail. We ask that you make other arrangements for your child during this meeting. This is a time to get to know one another and an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about Montessori or our school. This meeting usually lasts about 30 minutes.
ENROLLMENT CONTRACT & DEPOSIT
If the admissions committee finds that an applicant is a good fit for the space available in a particular classroom, an offer of enrollment will be extended. You will be notified by email with a contract. Upon receiving the contract, you have 10 days to respond and accept or decline the position for your child. To accept, you must sign and submit the Enrollment Contract along with payment of the tuition deposit (10%) and New Family Fee ($1,500) if applicable. The deposit and New Family Fee are non-refundable. The deposit is applied toward tuition.
We consider the child’s personality, age ratios, and the composition of the existing classes to determine which class will be the best fit for each child.