FAQ

Are all Montessori schools alike?

No. Any school can call itself a Montessori school but Marin Montessori School’s accreditation from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) ensures that MMS adheres to the highest standards of Montessori principles and methodology. We are one of just two AMI schools in Marin County.

What is AMI?

Dr. Maria Montessori founded Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) in 1929 to protect the integrity of her work. AMI has remained the worldwide authority on Montessori education and practice.

AMI accreditation indicates that our school performs according to the highest standards of the Montessori philosophy, receives regular consultations from trained and qualified AMI consultants and is staffed by qualified AMI teachers and administrators.

How many openings do you have?

We seek to enroll approximately 12 children at the Toddler level (18 months – 2 ½ to 3 years old) and 40 children at the Primary level (2 ½ - 6 years old) each year. Most children enter our program around the age of three and continue on through Junior High school. Our Elementary and Junior High level classrooms are largely filled by students who have completed our Primary program. Openings vary from year to year.

Do you have openings in kindergarten?

In our school, each classroom is set up as a multi-age community. A student usually spends three years in a classroom before moving on to the next level. For example, a child will enter a Primary classroom when he/she is 3 years old and remain in that classroom until he/she moves up to Lower Elementary (1st to 3rd grade). A child’s “kindergarten” year is the last year in his/her Primary classroom. Any spaces at the “kindergarten” year are based on attrition since most students enter the Primary level at the age of three and continue through the Junior High level.

Is there a wait pool at Marin Montessori School

Yes. Turning in your application by the priority deadline is important.

Do you have a financial aid program?

Marin Montessori School attempts to provide Tuition Assistance to any family experiencing a financial hardship that renders them unable to pay the full tuition. Families requesting Tuition Assistance must apply on the School and Student Services website. For current MMS families, applications are due December 1, 2014. For families new to MMS, the Tuition Assistance application is due on January 31, 2015. Click here for online application information.

Tuition Assistance Award Letters are sent with Re-Enrollment Agreements for returning families, or with the Acceptance Letter for new families.

Marin Montessori School uses the services of School and Student Services (SSS), which processes each Tuition Assistance application on an impartial basis to determine the financial need of the family. The Tuition Assistance Committee considers all applicants and makes awards based on the Tuition Policy Statement and the amount of funding available.

How is class placement determined?

After your family visits, the Director of Admissions, Head of School and the teachers spend a considerable amount of time determining the best placement for each child. We consider the needs of each individual child and the needs of the existing classroom community. Once your child is placed, he/she will remain in the same classroom within his/her level.

Is diversity a component of admission decisions?

Yes. We strive to give every child a diverse and realistic view of the world. We are committed to offering the broadest possible experience to our students and families by maintaining a diverse community that reflects the variety of experience, culture, development and physical abilities, economic diversity, lifestyles and philosophies in the Bay Area.

What happens to children who transfer from Marin Montessori School to traditional schools?

We believe that in order to gain the full benefit of our program, students should transfer after the completion of the Junior High level. Because that is not possible for all children, it is highly recommended that students transfer only after they complete the full Primary level or Elementary level, in order to gain the most from their experience at MMS.
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