Learn why Montessori education begins at age three. See how our two campuses are designed specifically for the developmental needs of your child. Touring Omni Montessori School is the first step in the admissions process. Each step in the admissions process is outlined below.
Step 1 — School Tour
Participating in a parent group tour at Omni Montessori School's Blakeney Campus (ages 3-12) or Waxhaw Campus (ages 12-15) is the first step in the admissions process. All parents are encouraged to tour both the Blakeney Campus and Waxhaw Campus during the admissions process regardless of your child's age.
Tours include a presentation by the Head of School and Program Directors at each level and end with a Q&A session. Please dress for the weather as we visit classrooms and walk outdoors to see the prepared environments on Omni's campuses. You will learn about the Montessori method of education and many features and details about Omni Montessori School and its programs.
- Primary Program (ages 3 - 6)
- Elementary Program (ages 6 - 12/grades 1 - 6)
- Adolescent Program (ages 12-15/grades 7 - 9)
Tours are for adults only and must be scheduled in advance. All tours typically last about an hour and a half.
How to register:
Please complete an inquiry form. Once we receive your inquiry, you will receive updates and links to admissions events including group tours and other special events.
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 2020-2021 school year:
January 24, 2020: First round Elementary and Adolescent Programs (grades 1 -7)
February 28, 2020: 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 re-enrolled 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.