Policies and Procedures

Policies

Omni Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. Omni Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Omni Montessori School accepts student applications for:

  • Primary Program: children ages 3 years through 4.5 years (no Montessori experience needed) 
  • Elementary Program:  children rising to grades 1 and 4 (no Montessori experience needed) 
  • Adolescent Program: children rising to grade 7 (no Montessori experience needed)
  • Montessori Transfer Students: children ages 3 years through rising 7th graders from accredited Montessori schools

Inquiring families who have not yet toured the school will need to begin the admissions process at the start of the 2017-2018 school year. Tours have concluded for the current school year and will resume in September. The schedule of tours will be available here in mid-August.

 

Deadlines for applying for the 2017-2018 school year:

January 27, 2017......First round Elementary and Adolescent Programs (grades 1 -7)
February 27, 2017......First round Primary Program (ages 3 - 5)

Our school year runs from August until June. Omni has rolling admissions. Applications are considered throughout the school year.

Interviews for the next school year take place in the Spring after re-enrollment of current families.

All students entering the primary program must be completely potty trained and able to dress independently. Children cannot be permitted to wear diapers or pull-ups while at school. Children must begin the primary program before age four and a half.

Children who do not have prior AMI Montessori experience applying to the elementary and adolescent programs must have an inherent love to learn and proven ability to work and learn independently. Successful applicants can easily work well with other students and self-manage a high level of responsibility and freedom in the classroom.

Our wait pool: If there is not an immediate opening for a new student (or if a young child is not quite ready to start school) then his/her name is added to our wait pool. Our classrooms are balanced by gender and age. Student selection includes many factors. Priority is given to siblings of children already enrolled, staff children, and then to transferring children with prior Montessori experience from a recognized school.

Sibling priority is given when the applying family is in good standing with Omni Montessori School; tuition payments are up-to-date; and spots are available. Sibling priority may be rescinded should the family decide to withdrawn their current student(s) prior to graduation. Sibling candidates are evaluated according to the same criteria as all other applicants and must follow the steps in the admissions process. OMS does not offer sibling discounts. 

Procedure

Applying to Omni Montessori school takes time and some advanced planning. We recommend that you begin the process a year in advance. Families relocating from out-of-town need to be prepared to make multiple in-person visits to the school in order to successfully complete the admissions process. Due to demand we are not able to accommodate individual tours. Meetings, observations and other visits need to be scheduled in advance.

We look forward to showing you our campus; sharing information; and getting to know you better during the application process. Below is a description of the steps necessary to apply to Omni Montessori School. Click on each step for more details.

Step 1 - School Tour

Tours have concluded for the current school year and will resume in September. The schedule of tours will be available here in mid-August.

Group tours of the campuses are given monthly from September through March. They include a presentation by the Head of School/Program Director and end with a Q&A session. You will learn about Montessori education and many details about our school. Tours are for adults only and must be scheduled in advance. All prospective families must attend one of these tours to begin the admissions process. We are unable to accommodate private tour requests.

IMPORTANT:
Please click on this link to view the tour schedule. You will be able to register on-line. (if using a hand-held device when viewing the linked group tour schedule you may need to scroll to the bottom of the linked page and click "Desktop View" to view the actual tour dates).  Group Tour Schedule

Prospective families are encouraged to attend a tour of the adolescent program campus as well as the main campus regardless of your child's age.

Step 2 - Admissions Meeting  

Parents will meet with the Director of Admissions. This is an opportunity to converse about your child and family; Montessori education; the programs offered at Omni and enrollment possibilities. It will help both parties determine if Omni is a school in which your child will thrive.

The Montessori school environment is greatly different from traditional schools. The director is happy to answer questions that may have come up during your research on the subject matter.

Step 3 - Classroom Observation  

We request that at least one parent observe a class for 30 minutes. This observation provides you with an excellent opportunity to see just what life is like inside a Montessori classroom. You will have a deeper understanding of what your child will experience as a student at our school. Please contact the main office for more details.

Step 4 - Submit Application 

Omni Montessori School accepts student applications for:

  • Primary Program: children ages 3 years through 4.5 years (no Montessori experience needed) 
  • Elementary Program:  children rising to grades 1 and 4 (no Montessori experience needed) 
  • Adolescent Program: children rising to grade 7 (no Montessori experience needed)
  • Montessori Transfer Students: children ages 3 years through rising 7th graders from accredited Montessori schools

Deadlines for applying for the 2017-2018 school year:

January 27, 2017......First round Elementary and Adolescent Programs (grades 1 -7)
February 27, 2017......First round Primary Program (ages 3 - 5)

Once the parent meeting, tour, and observation are completed an application may be submitted with a $75 non-refundable fee. Applications must be received by February 15th for first round consideration. Open spots are typically identified in March after current families have reenrolled for the next school year. The number of spots available for new students varies each year by grade level based upon attrition. It is not unusual for there to be no openings for a grade level in a given year. The school will contact you to move forward with the admissions process if an applicable spot is currently available. Otherwise, your application will remain in our wait pool. 

Step 5 - Child Interview/Visit  

A child interview will be scheduled once an appropriate open spot is identified. The non-refundable interview fee of $50 is due at the time of the interview.

Ages three - five (Primary Program) – Your child will visit a classroom for about 30 minutes. During the visit the teacher will interact with your child by showing him/her around the classroom; teaching a few lessons and carefully observing your child. The teacher is looking for signs that your child is developmentally ready to learn. Does your child separate easily from you? ...follow simple directions? ...express needs and feelings easily? ...Possess the self control to wait his/her turn?

Elementary and Adolescent students – The child is invited to visit a classroom for a day or two. They will be fully immersed into the class. The teachers will assess how well he/she is suited for learning in a Montessori environment by giving your child lessons and observing his/her social interactions throughout the visit. An evaluation/screening with an in-house learning specialist may be requested to determine the appropriate placement for the child.

Step 6 - Parent/Teacher Meeting  

The teachers will share with you the current curriculum and details of the classroom. The focus of their questions will be about your child’s personality and specific academic achievements if applicable. The information shared will assist our teachers in making the best classroom placement for your child.

Questions?

Please call Diane McCalmont if you have any questions about the admissions process. 704.541.1326 ext 0

Decision Process

The Head of School, teachers and Director of Admissions will confer to determine the appropriateness of enrollment based on the child’s readiness, the potential for a positive interaction with the class and the family’s commitment to the program. All decisions will be communicated by the Admissions office.

 

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