Admissions Process

Winston-Salem Montessori School operates on an academic year calendar, from August to June. The school day starts at 8:15 AM and ends at 3:00 PM.

We offer before and after-school programs in our “All Day” classrooms. All Day classrooms start at 7:30 AM and end as late as 6:00 PM.

During the summer we offer Summer Ventures, our camp style program that provides 6 fun-filled weeks of quality care and activities for children ages 18 months to rising 9th grade.

1. Schedule a virtual tour

Tours are temporarily canceled as we are fully booked through the end of May. If you’d like to join the waiting list, you can submit an application and, when a vacancy arises, we’ll schedule a parent information session.

Our first conversation will be an opportunity for you to learn more about the Montessori approach to learning and to be introduced to The Winston-Salem Montessori School. Through a unique slide show we can offer an insight into our school during the pandemic when an on-campus tour is not possible. This Parent Information Session will be personalized just for you. Schedule this meeting online by selecting the button above.

It’s never too early to begin the application process. Paul Raymond, Director of Admissions, can be reached via phone at 336-766-5550 or by email at admissions@wsmontessori.org.

2. Submit an application for your child online.

The application includes a non-refundable $75 application fee. Applications are available year round. Applications are valid for two years from the date of submission. Please keep in mind that spaces do fill early.

Upon completion of the application your child is placed in a waiting pool for the next vacancy in the program you selected. Due to the multi-age groupings in all Montessori classrooms, when a vacancy opens up in the program we try to match the applicant to maintain the balance of age and gender in that classroom, so that applicant is not necessarily the next on the list. Lastly, as the Montessori Toddler Program has classrooms where children “age – up” when they turn three years old in to our Children’s House classrooms, there are a limited number of vacancies that are created by this process during the school year (November to March), creating “rolling admissions” for the Toddler program. The greatest number of openings occur in the fall.

There are a number of designations we use to determine your child’s placement and program. Our unique “ALL Day” classrooms provide extended care before and after school.

Dr. Montessori’s first “Children’s House” in 1907 was implemented in a housing project in the slums of Rome. The children in the project needed all day care and Dr. Montessori was charged with the task.

She immediately set about creating an environment that was more like a home than an institution. She allowed the children to show her what they needed and her first insights revealed that the children wanted to do things for themselves. They took on all the setting out of furniture, the serving and cleanup of lunch, cared for the garden and generally took ownership and pride in maintaining a beautiful environment. With time the explosion in academic learning took place, marveled by one and all who came to see it, and the method now practiced in schools took form and Montessori morphed into schools rather than day care programs.

To this day we recognize the beauty and simplicity of the original construction of an all day program. Dr. Montessori’s vision, is that of creating an environment that is a dynamic, living community for the child. That vision is the driving force behind every decision made in the creation of a Montessori all-day community.

Our All Day Toddler and Children’s House classrooms seeks to serve parents who need extended care and to offer children, who spend extended time at school, a comforting home-like setting. It’s the best of both worlds: school and home melded together with a nurturing staff who support each child’s full potential.

In the All Day Toddler and Children’s House we think differently about the components of the day that make up the schedule. Rather than thinking about before care, after care, lunch, outside time, nap, and then designated morning and afternoon work cycles, we instead want to think about the Montessori environment as being a place for the child’s work at this age to flow as one continuous cycle. In that way the daily schedule goes from being compartmentalized with lots of transitions to a seamless day of living together in community.

The All-Day program will instead provide a fluid yet consistent environment for the children to develop and thrive at their own pace. The goal is to provide all children with an authentic Montessori experience that is loving, peaceful, and respectful to each and every young mind.

All toddler programs are 5 days/week, Monday-Friday.

TAD – Toddler All-Day Program: 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.
The Toddler All-Day Program is the only class which offers before and after school care. 

TFD – Toddler Full-Day Program: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm.

THD – Toddler Half-Day Program: 8:30 am – 12:00 pm.

In each of the above we indicate the year (age) by the number that follows the program:

TAD – Toddler All-Day Program:
TAD1 would be 18 months to 2 years old.
TAD2 would be 2 months to 3 years old.

TFD – Toddler Full-Day Program:
TFD1 would be 18 months to 2 years old.
TFD2 would be 2 months to 3 years old.

THD – Toddler Half-Day Program:
THD1 would be 18 months to 2 years old.
THD2 would be 2 months to 3 years old.

All Children’s House programs are 5 days/week, Monday-Friday.

CHAD – Children’s House All-Day Program 7:30 am – 6:00 pm.
The Children’s House All-Day Program is the only class which offers before and after school care

CHFD – Children’s House Full-Day Program (8:30 am-3 pm): ages 3-6

CHHD – Children’s House Half-Day Program (8:30 am-12 pm): ages 3-4.
The half-day option is not available for children who are in the third year of the program, the conventional equivalent of Kindergarten year.

In each of the above we indicate the year (age) by the number that follows the program:

CHAD – Children’s House All-Day Program.
CHAD1 would be for 3 years old.
CHAD2 would be for 4 years old. CHAD3 would be for 5 years old.

CHFD – Children’s House Full-Day Program.
CHFD1 would be for 3 years old.
CHFD2 would be for 4 years old. CHFD3 would be for 5 years old.

CHHD – Children’s House Half-Day Program.
CHHD1 would be for 3 years old.
CHHD2 would be for 4 years old.

For Lower and Upper Elementary the levels are divided into the three year cycle. LE1, LE2 and LE3 designates the first, second and third years ( corresponding to 1st grade, 2nd grade and 3rd grade in conventional schools).UE1, UE2 and UE3 designates the first, second and third years in Upper Elementary ( corresponding to 4th grade, 5th grade and 6th grade in conventional schools).

The Adolescent Program is also configured in a three year cycle and AP1, AP2 and AP3 designates the first, second and third years in the Adolescent Program ( corresponding to 7th grade, 8th grade and 9th grade in conventional schools).

The majority of contracts are offered during the open enrollment period. For the 2021-22 school year the priority application deadline is February 1st. Rolling admission begins after the deadline for the upcoming school year. Please contact the Admission Office to inquire about available spaces in your child’s program or grade level.

3. Child Visit

Prior to the pandemic a child visit was required for all applicants. We are now conducting a Zoom meeting with you, your child and a member of the classroom faculty.

4. Teacher Recommendation

A recommendation from the applicant’s current teacher is required for all Elementary and Adolescent Program applicants. Teacher recommendations are confidential and can be uploaded or mailed directly to the Admissions Office. For processing during our preferred admission cycle teachers have until the end of March to submit their evaluation. If your child does not currently attend school, please submit the form to someone who knows your child. For example: a dance or art teacher, church, synagogue, or daycare center leader.

5. Request Records

Any applicant who has already attended school, must submit a Request for Records to the current school and all previous schools. Student records/transcripts can be emailed electronically directly from the child’s school(s) to the Admissions Office or mailed directly to the school prior to scheduling the child’s virtual visit.

6. Decision

Admissions decisions are communicated to parents starting March 1 and continue on a rolling basis as the application process is completed. We undertake a very deliberate and thoughtful approach when deciding whether to offer an enrollment contract, factoring in all the information gleaned throughout this entire process.

Securing your child’s space is completed by submitting the online enrollment packet and paying an enrollment fee and deposit online within two weeks of notice of acceptance. The deposit is applied toward your child’s tuition.