Renaissance Montessori believes that the purpose of an education is more than the mere acquisition of facts. Indeed it is “an aid to life”, a much broader and richer pursuit. Further we firmly believe that parents are the primary educators of their children, no matter which school or educational pedagogy they choose. As such we seek to partner with families, to bring to bear all the academic and developmental benefits of a Catholic Montessori education. Our admission process is designed to help families discover what that is, and whether it is for them
The Application Process for Academic Programs
If you’re interested in enrolling with Renaissance Montessori, it’s always a good time to begin. Our process (see below for details) always begins with a Parent Observation. Applications are accepted throughout the year, with rolling admissions for Toddler program, and September and January start-dates for all other programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Schedule an Observation
Observation is the heart of the Montessori method, and it is the beginning of our application process as well. Observations are available most weekdays either in the morning (between 8:45am and 11am) or in the afternoon (1pm to 2:30pm) depending on the program being observed. If possible, we encourage both parents to come, and without their child/children. The observation consists of 10 minutes of preparation; abour 30 minutes of in-classroom observation; and perhaps 30 minutes to 1 hour of meeting with the school administration. We encourage parents to expect that the entire visit will take up to an hour and forty-five minutes. Observations can be scheduled by calling the school a (703) 368-4442 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decision to Apply
After your observation, interested families take some time to decide whether they would like to apply. Renaissance uses on online service for our application and enrollment process, which can be found here. A non-refundable $50 application fee is due at the end of the application process. The school considers the submission of an application to be an indication of the family’s willingness to embrace the Montessori philosophy and methodology that was witnessed and explained during the observation. Please don’t apply until you have observed—Renaissance does not accept applications until an observation has been completed.
The admission and enrollment process
Once the application and application fee are received, the school will open an application file on the child/children. Depending on the age of the child, the program being applied for, and the time of year the application is submitted, some additional steps may be required, all of which will be discussed during the family’s initial observation. At the end of the open enrollment period (April each year), applicants are notified of admission decision, and sent an Enrollment contract. The family then has 30 days to sign and return the Enrollment contract, and pay the applicable tuition deposit. A child is considered enrolled only when the Enrollment Contract is signed, returned and a non-refundable tuition deposit has been received by the school.
In keeping with its mission, Renaissance offers financial aid to families in need. In the interests of privacy and objectivity, Renaissance utilizes TADS (Tuition and Data Services), to determine need and qualification. Should an applicant family want to be considered for financial aid.
Renaissance Montessori School is a Catholic Montessori school that does not discriminate against individuals on the basis of race, religion, color, nationality and ethnic origin in the administration of either its admission policies or procedures. In its effort to create an educational environment true to the philosophy of Maria Montessori and to uphold the standards set forth by the Association Montessori Internationale, there are factors which are considered necessary for a well balanced classroom dynamic. (For more on AMI standards, please see their website at www.montessori-ami.org.) Determinations with regards to students will look toward the distribution of boys, girls, and ages within the structure of the three year developmental cycle. Students are grouped within age categories with attention to a three year cycle. The School thus reserves the right to select children for admission to the School on the basis of their age, gender, and/or current grade level with respect to working within these guidelines.
Our goal is to enroll students who will benefit from a Montessori education. Application to a program does not guarantee acceptance. Age is only one factor for admission to each program level. Developmental readiness is also considered, and all applicants are considered in terms of space availability and classroom dynamics. Further, if your child is receiving special services, it is expected that you share this information with us to help in assuring that our program will be the appropriate environment for your child.
In addition to the specific age level requirements, it is our assumption that children who apply to RMS for the Elementary Program are independent, self-directed, self-motivated, and demonstrate kindness and courtesy to adults and peers. All acceptance decisions are at the sole discretion of the school staff and board.