Admissions Process

Submit an Application

Submitting an application is the only way to have your child considered for enrollment. Submit an application, preferably online. You should receive an email confirmation that your application has been received, please save that for your records. There is a $65 nonrefundable application fee. Parents who apply for multiple children on one application will pay only one fee.

Attend an Open House Tour

Attendance at an open house tour is a required step in the enrollment process. All applicants will be emailed at the address you submitted on your application and invited to attend an open house tour about one year prior to the year you wish to enter the school, usually in the fall. You will have a chance to meet some of our administrators and teachers, take a look at the facility, learn more about the Montessori approach, and ask any questions you may have. It is our hope that parents leave with a sense of the high-quality learning experiences that their child would enjoy here. Due to the length and nature of the tours we ask that only adults attend.

Families who would like to tour the school prior to submitting an application can sign up for our mailing list. We send information about our spring and fall public open house tours early in those seasons. Please note that registration is required for attendance. Due to the length and nature of the tours we ask that only adults attend.


Admissions Decisions

Admissions decisions are primarily focused on creating a balanced, mixed-age classroom with regard to ages and genders. We consider the needs of the family such as AM or PM care and summer enrollment and we match candidates with the openings in the school. If multiple children’s criteria meet the available seat, consideration to the order in which the application is received is also given among other factors. We value diversity in all its forms and we are proud to be an equal opportunity childcare provider. We aim to finalize enrollment by the end of February of the year in which you wish to enroll.

Admissions Process for the 2019-2020 School Year

The admissions process for the 2019-2020 school year will begin with open house tours in September and October 2018. If you have not yet applied, please join our mailing list to get up to date information about fall open houses and important dates for the admissions process. If you are considering Fishtown Montessori School for your child in the 2019-2020 school year or later, it is recommended that you apply as soon as possible.