Admissions Procedures

Hilltop Montessori School Lobby

Hilltop Montessori School seeks to enroll students between the ages of 18 months and eighth grade. Admission is based on a family’s commitment to the Montessori program and the student’s readiness as demonstrated during the admissions process. Interested parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the admissions office to schedule an individual tour and learn more about our admissions procedures. Tours can be scheduled by contacting the admissions office at (205) 437-9343 or on our Contact Page.

All prospective families should schedule a tour of our facility to learn more about our programming options. Once spots are available, parents and their children participate in a "meet and greet" with their child's teacher before enrollment paperwork is completed.

A question many parents have is: "Is Montessori the right fit for my child and my family?" Students do best in Montessori when they love learning, are intrinsically motivated and are supported at home in the Montessori philosophy. Parent education is available to help guide parents on their journey.

Additionally, new students are accepted through a 6 week trial period so careful attention can be paid to ensuring the child's ability to adjust to their new learning environment.

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Steps to Admission:

All families must participate in a tour with a member of our administrative team.

FOLLOWING THE TOUR

After your tour and admissions consultation, the admissions team will review your application.

Admissions decisions are based on a variety of factors including a family’s understanding and commitment to Montessori education, as well as making sure that classrooms are well balanced.

Once an admissions decision has been made, you will receive notification of the decision via email or phone.

If a placement is not available for your child, you will receive notification that your application status has been moved to the waiting pool.

TODDLER APPLICANTS (AGE 18 MTH-3):

  • Complete and return the Application for Admission
  • Submit the appropriate development profile form
  • Contact the School Office to arrange a student visit (typically an hour)

PRESCHOOL APPLICANTS (AGE 3-5):

  • Complete and return the Application for Admission
  • Submit the appropriate development profile form
  • Contact the School Office to arrange a student visit (typically an hour)

KINDERGARTEN APPLICANTS (AGE 5 BY SEPTEMBER 1ST)

  • Complete and return the Application for Admission
  • Send the K-1 Teacher Recommendation Form to one or two of your child’s current teachers
  • Contact the School Office to arrange a student visit (typically one day)

1ST GRADE APPLICANTS:

  • Complete and return the Application for Admission
  • Submit the enclosed Student Information Form
  • Send the K-1 grade Teacher Recommendation Form to one or two of your child’s current teachers
  • Sign and send the Request For School Information Form to your child’s current school
  • Contact the School Office to arrange a student visit (typically 3 consecutive school days)

2ND – 8TH GRADE APPLICANTS:

  • Complete and return the Application for Admission
  • Submit the enclosed Student Information Form
  • Send the 2nd-8th grade Teacher Recommendation Form to one or two of your child’s current teachers
  • Sign and send the Request For School Information Form to your child’s current school
  • Contact the school office to arrange a student visit (typically 3 consecutive school days)
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*Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students: Hilltop Montessori School admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, 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 regarding its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Is Montessori For All Children?

"The Montessori system has been used successfully with children from all socioeconomic levels, representing those in regular classes as well as the gifted, children with developmental delays, and children with emotional and physical disabilities.

There is no one school that is right for all children, and certainly, there are children who may do better in a smaller classroom setting with a more teacher-directed program that offers fewer choices and more consistent external structure.

Children who are easily overstimulated, or those who tend to be overly aggressive, may be examples of children who might not adapt as easily to a Montessori program.

Each situation is different, and it is best to work with the schools in your area to see if it appears that a particular child and school would be a good match."
The Montessori Foundation

Learn more to find out if Montessori is right for your child here.