Admissions | Application Procedure
Enrollment for the 2017-2018 School Year
During January and February, we begin recruitment for the following school year. For parents living nearby, a tour of the school and visit with the Head of School, the Information Meeting, and the Open House are a part of the application process and are designed to help you gather information about Country School. For those moving to the island from out-of-town, we look forward to a conversation with you by phone and hope that you will be able to come for a visit prior to making a decision.
Tour of the School
and Classroom Observation
On the day you tour the school and observe the classrooms, you will have the opportunity to talk with the Head of School about your child. This is a chance for you to share with us what you are looking for in a school and to hear about our school philosophy and curriculum.
Observation of the classroom will give you a good sense of the culture at MCS. It is important to plan for childcare for your child during this visit.
Information Night – Open House
We hold several important information meetings.
Parents may schedule a visit the campus and classrooms and experience how we learn together.
Submitting an Application
After visiting the school and attending the Information Meeting and Open House, you may still have some questions. Feel free to call us at any time during this process. If you choose to submit an application, please do so by March 1 for your child to be considered in the first round of placements. Those applying by March 1 will hear from us by the first week of April, regarding acceptance and placement for the upcoming school year. We welcome applications at any time and will consider bringing in new students if space is available.
Elementary Program Applicants will be asked to request a release of transcripts from the child’s current school. An elementary staff member will make arrangements to observe prospective students in their current classrooms, if possible.
Placement of Students
Priority placement of students goes to our current students and their siblings. After accommodating their needs, we will begin the placement process for new students. We have learned from experience the importance of keeping our classes balanced with regard to age, gender, and ratio of new to returning students. In placing students, we keep our commitment to this balance in mind. If we are unable to accommodate your child, s/he will be placed in our Wait Pool, and you will be informed when a space becomes available.
Children in our wait pool are considered for placement if and when a space becomes available. If we have been unable to accommodate your child for the school year for which you applied, we encourage you to apply for the following year. Please be sure to keep us apprised of your contact information if it changes. Parents must submit a new application if they want their child to be considered for placement for the next school year; you do not need to pay a second application fee.
We have a financial aid program. Please call the office to request a Financial Aid Application. Financial Aid applications are due at the time you submit an application. The financial aid committee will inform you of its decision regarding your financial aid request prior to the Enrollment Agreement deadline.
Montessori Country School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.