The Admission Process at Northwoods Montessori
The question of cost always comes quickly to the mind of our prospective parents, which is only natural. So at Northwoods Montessori, we always try to include the component of value in our answer to that question. At Northwoods, we are neither the most expensive school, nor the least. But we really believe — as do decades of very satisfied parents — that no school in Atlanta — private, charter, or public — provides a greater educational value.
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Children are accepted for Toddler Community when they are walking securely and up until they are about three years old.
The process described below for Primary applies, with the exception that the Orientation visit is for the entire family and is termed the Family Orientation Visit. These take approximately one hour and are held during the last days before classes begin.
Toddler Community children are phased into the group according to a schedule set by parents and the Toddler Community Teacher during this Family Orientation visit.
Primary School Program
Children are accepted for the Primary Preschool level between the ages of two and four. Children older than four may be considered for enrollment, especially when transferring from other Montessori schools, after an interview with a teacher.
First, interested parents visit the school. Thoughtful observation in a class allows them the best opportunity to see what children do in this environment. Questions often come to mind during this experience.
After observation, parents are given time to ask questions.
Then, an Application with a $75 non-refundable Application Fee activates the process of review and placement. An interview with the Director of Education is set to determine the mutual interest, suitability of the program for the family.
An Acceptance Letter is extended with Enrollment materials and there is a 10-day window in which to accept the space(s) offered.
After enrollment, a definite placement is made, depending upon space available and the need to balance the classes as to age, sex, etc. The teacher calls the family to arrange an orientation visit for the child(ren). The child is invited by the teacher to visit the classroom to see where drink, bathroom and other essentials are located and to learn about activities that can be chosen right away on the first day of class.
If placement is made in Spring for the following fall, the teacher will call and arrange the visit closer to the beginning of the year.
We generally enroll following the order of applications received, though siblings of Northwoods students receive priority.
Elementary School Program
When enrolling students in the Elementary level, priority is given first to those who have attended the Northwoods Montessori Primary program; and, secondly, to those who have attended other Montessori Primary programs. Students without Montessori preparation may be considered for enrollment according to available space and following an interview and assessment of whether our program is a good fit.