Our admissions process at Austin Montessori School is designed to provide parents with sufficient information to determine if our school would be a good fit for your child and your family. The School Showings and Prospective Parent Presentations outlined below are filled with valuable information regarding both Montessori philosophy and pedagogy, as well as early childhood development. There are four steps to our admissions process for children age five and younger. The process outlined below is intended for parents seeking enrollment for children in either the Children’s House (3-6 years) level or the Youngest Children’s Community (18 months to 3 years.) Please phone 512-892-0253 ext. 21 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information regarding our Elementary and Adolescent programs.
1) Attend a School Showing: Attend a School Showing at either the north or south campus. Showings offer an overview of Montessori history, philosophy, and curriculum in the classroom setting. This is an excellent opportunity to learn much about Montessori education and Austin Montessori School in a short amount of time. Showings are held from September through May. Please RSVP for School Showings at email@example.com with names of attendees, your child’s name and age. School Showings are for adults only, but infants in arms are welcome to attend.
School Showings – Sunset Trail Campus
School Showings – Great Northern Campus
2) Schedule a Classroom Observation: Once you have attended a School Showing, we invite you to schedule a classroom observation for either the north or south campus. Observations offer a window into the daily life of a classroom designed specifically to meet the needs of the young child. Observations are for adults only. Please call 512-892-0253 ext. 20 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an observation.
3) Submit an Admissions Application: Parents may submit an Admissions Application, along with the non-refundable $100 application fee, at any time they feel comfortable doing so. Once we have received an application, your child will be added to our waiting pool and you will begin receiving information regarding our upcoming admissions events via email. Children are selected from the waiting pool based on a number of factors designed to create balance within the individual classroom communities.
4) Attend Prospective Parent Presentations: Parents interested in learning more about Austin Montessori School and the Montessori approach are encouraged to attend a core series of three prospective parent presentations. Attendance of these presentations is taken into consideration when offering placement. These presentations may be attended in any order and will be repeated during the spring semester.Please RSVP for Prospective Parent Presentations at email@example.com with names of attendees, your child’s name and age. These presentations are for adults only, but infants in arms are welcome to attend.
“It is a mental chemistry that takes place in the child, producing a chemical transformation. These impressions not only penetrate the mind of the child, they form it; they become incarnated, for the child makes his own ‘mental flesh’ in using the things that are in his environment. We have called this type of mind the ‘absorbent mind’ and it is difficult for us to conceive the magnitude of its powers.” ~ Dr. Maria Montessori
Join us in discovering the astonishing characteristics and power of the Absorbent Mind of the child under the age of six. Learn how the Montessori classroom along with the prepared home environment can best support the sensitive periods of development unique to the child from birth-to-six years.
Social and Emotional Development
Children come into the world equipped with their own network of vital programming designed for survival. Even the tiniest of infants has ways to communicate his or her needs. As children grow, they acquire an ever increasing skill set to allow them to engage with the world around them. What they lack in life experience, they make up for with a strong will and determination to not just survive, but to thrive. Parents and other adults living and working with young children will be better prepared to support this development through an understanding of what the young child’s true needs are and how they go about meeting them through engagement with both the physical world and the people with whom he shares his life.
At Home with Montessori
Considering the young child’s need for belonging, as well as his or her ever increasing capabilities and desire to contribute to family life requires careful reflection on the part of the adults. Each family is unique, and although Montessori principles incorporate the child’s point of view along with the adult’s, every family makes its own choices about how to make their home inviting to all members. Please join us as we explore some ways families may create a home in which all family members feel respected, supported and valued.