“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”
We are delighted that you would like to learn more about our school. The first step is to let us know of your interest - request information here. You may also download an application by clicking here.
1. Visit Amherst Montessori - To begin the admission process, we request that interested families visit the school for a tour, Open House, or Visit Day. Tours are available by calling 413-253-3101. Open Houses and Visit Days are scheduled throughout the year. Click here for the schedule of Open House dates.
The campus visit or open house is a key element in determining whether Amherst Montessori School is right for your family. You will meet with Director of Enrollment Devon Cruz, observe in the classrooms, tour the campus, and be able to ask all of your questions.
3. Classroom visit: Upon submission of an application, the prospective student will be invited for a classroom visit. The purpose of this visit is to allow the student to experience the Montessori classroom and interact with other children and the teachers (called 'Guides' in Montessori schools), so that we can feel certain of the child's readiness to enter the program.
Applicants to early education programs (infants - kindergarten) will visit for 30-45 minutes during the school day or immediately after school, depending on the program. Applicants to first grade will spend a half-day in the program (8:30 a.m.-1 p.m.). Applicants to grades 2-6 will spend a full day in the program (8:30 a.m.-3:15 p.m.).
4. Admission Decisions - Mid-March: Admission and financial aid award decisions are made in mid-March. If your child is admitted, you will receive the offer in writing, along with an enrollment contract. A deposit of $1,000 and your signed enrollment contract are required to secure your child's place at Amherst Montessori. Signed enrollment contracts are due by March 29th for prioritiy admission.
Admission decisions are based on several factors, including the child's ability and readiness to thrive within the independence of the Montessori classroom; the family's understanding of and commitment to Montessori education; how long a family intends to attend Amherst Montessori School; and the balance of age and gender demographics in the classroom to which the child is applying. Elementary admission decisions take all of the above into consideration, along with the student's academic readiness.
For more information about admission to Amherst Montessori School, please contact AMS at (413) 253-3101.