Admissions Process

Admissions Process:

Families who are interested in learning more about The Montessori School of Fort Smith are encouraged to call the school to schedule a tour or contact us.

The Montessori School enrolls children ages 3-12. Our classrooms do not resemble traditional preschools/daycares nor elementary schools. Therefore the admissions process always begins with a tour so that prospective families can see the ways in which Montessori works.

Adult only tours are scheduled for mornings beginning after October. Parents should find a sitter or follow their normal childcare routine when coming to visit. If you are unable to find accommodations for your child during our tour, please give us 24-hour notice and we will be happy to reschedule. Please plan to spend approximately an hour on the visit, though it could be longer or shorter depending on the number of questions you have for us.

After touring the school, families who are interested in enrolling should do the following:

  • Complete and return the admission form and contract along with the non-refundable enrollment fee.
  • Elementary students will spend two days working in the appropriate classroom. During this time, the child will have the opportunity to receive lessons, use Montessori materials, and to evaluate if The Montessori School is the right fit for your child. Primary students will visit the school prior to the start of the school year for which they are enrolled. Visits last approximately 45 minutes. This is an opportunity for teachers to work with the child and know where, academically, they will begin their Montessori journey in the fall.
  • A student is considered enrolled ONLY when all of the paperwork is complete and the enrollment fee is paid. This includes updated immunization records and a birth certificate.

Open enrollment for new students begins each January previous to the fall the family would like to enroll. For example, a family interested in enrolling in Fall 2023 could tour in October 2022 and enroll in January 2023. Enrollment continues until all spaces are filled, which generally occurs in April/May.

We Look Forward To Meeting You!

Take time to explore our website to learn about our school and the genius behind Dr. Maria Montessori’s work. We invite you to tour our campus to see firsthand our student’s engagement in their work and their excitement for learning.

To schedule your visit, call (479) 646-7225 or click the button below.


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