Admissions FAQs

When are you opening? +

We are planning on opening with partial-enrollment in late July 2017 for a six week summer program. This program will help all of us (children, parents, faculty & staff) ease into the opening of the school, procedures, and new materials with more ease than if we opened in September with a full load. This summer we are only admitting children who are also enrolling for the school year. Attendance in the summer program is strongly recommended for the first year so we can transition smoothly. The school year will begin on September 5th, 2017.

Are tours currently available? +

Tours will be held after construction is complete and the furniture and materials are in place, around May and June. Tours will first be given to those who are in the final stages of the enrollment process. If there are still spaces open, tours will then be given to families who have applied to the school and are hoping to enroll. Finally, people who are considering applying may have access to open houses or tours over the summer if there are still seats available. If not, we will hold open-houses for prospective families who may want to apply for the 2018-2019 school year beginning in October.

How can I have my child added to the waiting list? +

All you need to do to have your child placed onto the waiting list is to fill out the online application (or mail in a physical copy). The sooner you apply, the higher on the waiting list your child will be placed.

Can we apply if our child isn't old enough this year? +

Yes, and you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. You are invited to fill out an application even if your child isn't old enough to attend this September. If you apply now, once they grow old enough to attend, your place in line will be saved and you will be in front of everyone else who has applied after you. This is especially important moving forward because we anticipate limited seats being available next year.

Do we have to apply every year if we are not accepted this year? +

No, you will never need to reapply, your application will remain on file and your child will be in line according to the date and time you applied. If you are first in line, we will contact you as soon as a space opens up.

What will the admissions process look like next year? +

The admissions process will be more formalized for the 2018-2019 school year. Open houses will begin in the fall. Families are encouraged to submit their applications by December. Invitations to enroll will begin going out in February, 2019. Fewer seats will be available next year and they will be open first to families who applied for 2017-2018 and did not get in. If you are considering Fishtown Montessori School but aren't sure, it is suggested that you apply so that you get placed in line and you can make your decision once you are invited to enroll.

Do you require students to be immunized? +

We follow Pennsylvania state regulations in regards to immunizations. All families are required to submit proof of immunization signed by their child's doctor as a part of the enrollment paperwork. Children need not be immunized if a physician provides a written statement that immunization may be detrimental to the health of the child or if the parent or guardian objects in writing to the immunization on religious grounds or on the basis of a strong moral or ethical conviction similar to a religious belief.

What can I do to ensure that my child is chosen to enroll? +

The only thing you can do is increase your chances of being higher up on the list is to submit an application as soon as the form comes online or as soon as you come to decide that Fishtown Montessori School might be the right choice for your family. Forms submitted by snail mail will be placed in line at 5pm on the date of the postmark on the envelope, so it is ideal to apply online if possible.

How are children chosen to begin the enrollment process? +

Admissions decisions are made to create a balanced, multi-age classroom. Decisions are not solely made on a first-come, first-served basis. By submitting an application you are securing your place in line with other children of your child's age and gender. When a seat for your child's age and gender opens up, you will be contacted to begin the enrollment process.

Will siblings get a preference for enrollment? +

Yes, we honor sibling preference. Once your child's sibling is old enough and there is a seat open for their demographic, he or she will get preferred placement in that open seat. If your children are twins or multiples and you wish to apply for them all at once, you can do so in one shot on the application form (and pay only one application fee).

The School Day

Do kids get free time to play? +

Absolutely! We understand that play is an essential part of child development so we commit to providing free time for kids to play on a daily basis. This free time will either happen outdoors in our play yard or inside in the classroom. Either way, children will have access to gross motor play equipment.

Is there a lunch program onsite? +

No, we do not offer a lunch program. Children will bring their lunch in a lunch box each day.

Will my child receive a snack at school? +

We will provide a snack during the morning Montessori work block which your child will serve him or herself, enjoy at the snack table, and clean up once they are finished. Snacks will include items such as fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy, or grains. We will make the following choices when possible: organic, locally produced, whole grain, no added sugar, no trans fats (partially or fully hydrogenated oils), no artificial colors, no artificial preservatives. We care about the quality of the food we feed our children.

Is Fishtown Montessori School peanut-free? +

Yes, we do not allow peanuts or tree nuts.

What will the classroom schedule be like? +

Here's a link to the children's schedules in the toddler and primary classrooms.

Are all of your teachers Montessori certified? +

We will be able to share more details with families about the professionals we will have working at the school shortly. It is our goal to hire at least one Montessori teacher to act as the head of curriculum development for the school and to work with the classroom teachers to implement the Montessori curriculum throughout the building.

How will you handle discipline issues? +

When children are free to move about the classroom as they please and choose work that interests them, there are surprisingly few “discipline” issues. When problems do pop up, we see them not as behavior issues, but as unmet needs that the child may not have the communication skills to verbalize yet. We focus on first identifying and then helping your child meet those needs. Children are taught interpersonal skills through the peace education curriculum, part of the Montessori philosophy.

I still have questions! Where do I obtain more info? +

Our parent handbook will be filled with more specific information outlining the procedures and routines of the school day and will be distributed as part of the enrollment process. Any questions regarding the contents of the handbook can be asked during your private tour or via email at