Admissions Process

Our goal throughout the admissions process is to help provide you and your family with as much information as possible about Greenspring Montessori School and the Montessori model. Please review the steps of our Admissions Process below.

For parents with children five years old and younger, the first step in our Admissions process is to attend an Information Session. Please see “Attend an Information Session” below. 

For parents of children who would be entering first grade or older, we ask that you begin by emailing us at admissions@greenspringmontessori.org so that we can set up a time to talk with you. We limit admission directly into our elementary program and want to discuss your child and what you are looking for before having you attend an Information Session. 

Attend an Information Session

Information Sessions are designed as a brief introduction to Montessori education. This two hour session (two and a half hours on Saturday sessions) begins with a presentation on the various aspects of the Montessori educational philosophy and concludes with a tour of the campus. Our Saturday Information Sessions also include time in our classrooms with our teachers. This event is for adults only.  

At least one parent is required to attend an Information Session prior to applying to Greenspring Montessori School. (You will be sent a link to our online application after you have attended an Information Session.)

You can register for an Information Session on the Visit page of our website. Or you can reach out to us at admissions@greenspringmontessori.org.

Upcoming Information Sessions:

  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Saturday, January 11, 2020 from 9:00-12:00pm
  • Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, April 7, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, June 2 from 9:00-11:00am

Attend an Observation Morning

Observation Mornings are your opportunity to see our classrooms in action. You will have an opportunity to see the level your child would be entering, as well as the two subsequent levels. Parents spend 10-15 minutes in two or three different classrooms and then gather for a Q&A session. This event is for adults only.

You will be invited to an Observation Morning after attending an Information Session.

Upcoming Observation Mornings:

  • Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Thursday, January 23 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Thursday, February 13 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, March 10 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, April 21 from 9:00-11:00am
  • Tuesday, May 19 from 9:00-11:00am

Submit an Online Application

After attending an Information Session, you will be sent a link to our online application. There is a $75 non-refundable online application fee.

If your child is applying to our Children’s House, Elementary, or Adolescent Program, please forward previous school records at this time. You can download the Request for School Records and the Common Recommendation Form (Pre K-1 or Grades 2-12) here. Please also forward any recent diagnostic evaluations and/or assessments.

All documents can be sent via email, mail, or fax.
Email: admissions@greenspringmontessori.org
Mail: 10807 Tony Drive, Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
Fax: 410-321-8566

The Application Deadline for the 2020-21 school year is Friday, January 31, 2020 for notification on Thursday, February 20, 2020. If you submit an application after January 31, 2020, acceptances will be made on an ongoing basis until programs fill.

Student Visit for Older Applicants

Applicants who are four years and older are required to come in for a visit and assessment. Once we receive your application, as well as your child’s current school records and the Common Referral Form (if applicable), someone from the Admissions office will call to set up your child’s visit.

All Children’s House 2 (four year-old) and Children’s House 3 (five year-old) applicants will come in for a two hour visit. During this time students will participate in lessons and classroom activities with the Lead Guide.  

All Elementary through Adolescent applicants will participate in a Shadow Day and spend a full day in the level the applicant would be entering. 

Notification

Notification regarding acceptance of your child into Greenspring Montessori School will be emailed on Thursday, February 20, 2020. If you submit an application after January 31, 2020, acceptances will be made on an ongoing basis until programs fill.

Enrollment Contract

Your child’s space will only be reserved upon receipt of the online enrollment contract and initial tuition deposit. Online enrollment for offers made on Thursday, February 20, 2020 must be submitted by Friday, March 6, 2020. Online enrollment for offers made after February 20 must be submitted within two weeks of receipt.

Admission & Enrollment Policies

We strive to serve a broad range of socioeconomic, religious, cultural, racial, and ability groups. As often as is possible, the ages and genders of children are evenly distributed in each classroom. Admissions policies, procedures, curriculum, and faculty at Greenspring Montessori School have been approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. Greenspring Montessori School is accredited by the American Montessori Society and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and it is a member of the Association of Independent Maryland Schools.

Criteria for Eligibility

Toddler Program (Ages 18 months-3 years)

  • Children must be 18 months old at the time of admission into the Young Toddler program and do not have to be toilet trained.
  • Children must be 24 months old at the time of admission into the Older Toddler program and do not have to be toilet trained.
  • All children entering our Toddler program need to be walking and able to feed themselves.

Children’s House Program (Ages 3-6)

  • Children must be at least two years and nine months old by their start date.
  • Children must be toilet trained. Diapers or pull-up diapers are not permitted. Cotton training pants are permitted.
  • Children age four and older who have begun their Montessori education at other Montessori schools may be considered for admission as transfers
  • Children age four and older who have no prior Montessori experience may be considered for admission after a thorough review by the Admissions Committee.
  • Children age four and older are required to come in for a visit and assessment. Once we have an application someone from the Admissions office will call to set up your child’s visit.
  • If a child has previous school experience, copies of school records will be required.

Elementary Program & Adolescent Community (First through eighth grade)

  • Children entering the elementary program must be over the age of six by September 1 and meet all requirements for placement, as determined by a review of school records, any professional evaluations, and the classroom visit.
  • Children who have begun their Montessori education at other Montessori schools may be considered for admission as transfers.
  • Children who have no prior Montessori experience may be considered for admission after a thorough review by the Admissions Committee.
  • All candidates, as part of the interviewing process, are required to spend at least a half-day in an elementary or adolescent classroom.
  • Official records from the present school are required prior to classroom visits and acceptance to the program. We require a teacher recommendation and permission to speak with your child’s previous teacher.

Additional Admissions Requirements

  • Copies of any educational or psychological testing must be submitted before admission to the school.
  • Any IEPs must be provided in their entirety before the child participates in a classroom visit.
  • Education for all children, including those with special needs, will be done within the parameters of the Montessori philosophy and its implementation in the classroom.
  • Specific trial periods and evaluation procedures may be established as needed.

Children with Special Needs

Children with mild physical, mental, or educational differences are considered for admission. Reasonable accommodations will be made provided that no significant changes to the program are required and that the child does not pose a risk to himself or others. A recent diagnostic assessment by qualified professionals which identifies the child’s needs within a mainstream environment is required. Periodic assessment may also be required during the school year and prior to re-enrollment. An educational assessment made during this time will determine the child’s progress and whether our environment supports the developmental needs of the child.

 

Class Placement

All class placements are determined by the Admissions Office, Director of Education, and through discussions with the Lead Guides.

Children remain with their classroom guide until they are ready for placement in the next level appropriate to their educational, emotional, and social needs. Children will not be moved to a new classroom during the three-year cycle, even in the case of staff changes, unless the Director of Education or Head of School determines that a change is in the best interest of the child.

Greenspring Montessori School reserves the right to place children in order to maintain balanced classes with respect to numbers of children, their ages, gender, and individual needs of students. Greenspring Montessori School does not accept parental requests for classroom placement.

Families are notified of their child’s placement in July prior to the start of the school year.

Start Dates

Greenspring Montessori School will assign start dates for new students, which may differ from the announced first day of classes. The “phasing-in” of new students allows for a smooth transition for new students, while maintaining an even rhythm of classroom activities. All phasing-in will be completed over the first two weeks of school.

You will receive a letter with your child’s assigned start date and details about the phase-in process in July.

Welcoming Statement

Greenspring Montessori School welcomes students, families, and staff members of all races, religions, national origins, sexual orientations, gender identity/expressions, sex, and disabilities.

Nondiscrimination Statement

Greenspring Montessori School does not discriminate in its hiring, admissions practices, or any other form of access on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, sex, or disability.