Admissions

Admissions Policy & Application Process

Lakeland Montessori is a small school and the community demand for a fully implemented public Montessori program is high.  Families are encouraged to follow the application process closely in order to provide their children with the greatest chance for admission. There is no tuition for grades K-8. Students entering Lakeland Montessori at age 3 have the opportunity to continue all the way through eighth grade.

Lakeland Montessori brings children together from a broad spectrum of ethnic, national, religious, and economic backgrounds. We welcome and seek diversity and help our children broaden their perspective of the world through friendships based on mutual respect and understanding.

We are looking for families to partner with who share our values and beliefs about education. Our goal throughout the admissions process is to find the perfect match between student, family and school.

Lakeland Montessori seeks students who demonstrate the capability to succeed in our program. Therefore, each application is carefully considered according to the student’s individual talents and learning style. Our goal is to help families find the best match between student and school.

A child demonstrating the following qualities would be the most likely to succeed in the learning environment of the Montessori program:

  • Passion for learning
  • Self-motivation
  • Willingness to investigate and take risks
  • Enjoyment in choosing among several options
  • A self-directed learner
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to follow through and complete tasks
  • Respect for self, the environment, and others
  • An awareness of personal responsibility
  • Ability to work with others
  • Honesty
  • Respect for personal and academic endeavors

A Family Commitment

Families of eligible children must be willing to make an extraordinary commitment to their child’s education. Our Montessori program is based on a cooperative type of learning that involves a family and community spirit. Therefore, commitment to the School’s mission and educational philosophy will manifest itself in the signing of the Parent Contract, which will include a requirement of at least 20 hours of participation per year from each family in our school and an agreement to follow our school policies.

Application Process for 3 & 4 year olds

  • Applications are accepted beginning any time after a child’s birth. We encourage families to apply early as there are very few openings after age 3.  The Montessori educational model is based on and builds upon early childhood attendance, beginning at age 3.  For more information on this, visit http://www.montessori.org/FAQ.
  • January 1 is the application deadline for priority consideration for students that will begin their three year old  year in August. All applicants applying by this deadline will receive an email invitation to attend a scheduled school tour, introduction to the school, classroom observation, and conference with one of the Heads of School. Both parents are required to attend.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted after January 1 for any spots that remain and/or the applicant pool, however applicants will only be contacted if there is an opening for which you are being considered.
  • Students that attend Lakeland Montessori for PreK receive automatic entrance to Kindergarten and the opportunity to continue all the way through eighth grade.
  • Students must be age 3 by September 1 to begin attending.
  • 3 & 4 year olds are part of our Primary (PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten) program and are not separated by age, giving them the opportunity to advance in the curriculum as they are ready.

2016-17 Schedule and Tuition

  • Grades K-8 Full Day (8:15-3:00)*: Free annual tuition
  • Students that attend Lakeland Montessori for PreK receive automatic entrance to Kindergarten and are not subject to the waiting list for Kindergarten. The current waiting list for K-8 is more than 1,500 students.
  • PreK4 Full Day (8:15-3:00)*: $550 monthly; $6550 annual tuition (includes VPK discount)
  • PreK3 Three, Four, or Five Mornings (8:15-12:15): $590 monthly; $6990 annual tuition
  • PreK3 Full Day (8:15-3:00)*: $695 monthly; $8145 annual tuition

**On-site after-care available until 6:00 pm.  Parents that work for the Polk County School District or any charter school receive a large discount on after-care.

Primary applicants are required to:

  1. Complete a 3 & 4 year old Application along with the $100.00 application fee.
  2. If you apply by the priority application deadline, you will receive an email invitation to attend a scheduled school tour, introduction to the school, classroom observation, and conference with one of the Heads of School. Both parents are required to attend.
  3. Parents will be notified of the admission decision by email. If the decision is to offer admission, an enrollment agreement will be included with the acceptance email. The tuition deposit will be due with the enrollment agreement.
  4. If our enrollment is full at the time you apply, the application will be placed into the application pool for consideration when an opening becomes available.
  5. Parents are required to participate in a brief orientation and visit with the teacher before the student’s first day of school.

Application Process for Grades K-6

  • There is no tuition or application fee for grades K-8.
  • The Montessori educational model is based on early childhood attendance beginning at age 3.
  • Students that have attended Lakeland Montessori preschool receive automatic entrance to Kindergarten.
  • Submitting an application to Lakeland Montessori Schools will NOT remove your child from waiting lists at any other schools.
  • Students must be age 5 by September 1 to attend Kindergarten.
  • Grade K-6 applications for students currently attending grades Kindergarten – 6 are accepted year round.
  • For students entering Kindergarten in August 2017, the application period will begin on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

Application Process for Grades 7 & 8

  • There is no tuition or application fee for grades K-8.
  • Students that have attended sixth grade at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse receive automatic entrance to seventh grade at Lakeland Montessori Middle at the Polk Museum of Art.
  • Submitting an application to Lakeland Montessori Schools will NOT remove your child from waiting lists at any other schools.
  • Grade 7 & 8 Middle School Applications for students currently attending grades 7 & 8 are accepted year round.
  • For students entering seventh grade in August 2017, the application period will begin on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.
  • Lakeland Montessori Middle School will be holding an Informational Meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2016 from 4:00-5:00 pm.   All interested families are welcome to attend.

Criteria for Admission

The LMMS admissions committee will use the Snapshot process to determine eligibility to apply for the school.  The Snapshot is important because it can help LMMS determine which students may have the best chance at success.  It is an ideal time to showcase a student’s past work, interests and successes.  It is the perfect time for students to demonstrate in a concrete manner how they will contribute and participate in the LMMS community.  Students may choose to demonstrate their work in a variety of manners, but the Snapshot should give the admissions committee a good example of the essence of the student.  LMMS is reluctant to place restrictions upon this project, choosing instead to give general guidelines to help the student create the Snapshot; this lack of structure could prove to demonstrate a student’s self-direction.  This additional information helps to ensure student success in the program.  Through the Snapshot, or the omission of it, LMMS will attempt to identify those applicants who seem to have the ideal qualities of a Montessori middle student and to be likely to contribute to achievement of the educational mission and vision of the school.

The director and teachers may also wish to meet with the parents and the students during the Snapshot perusal process for clarification of any aspect of the Snapshot.

Enrollment Preferences

The following students have preference in admission to Lakeland Montessori Middle School, in this order:

1.  Students who are enrolled at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse
2.  Siblings of current LMMS students
*This policy does not apply to a sibling that has been dismissed from Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse or Montessori Middle School (LMMS).  Those students may reapply, but will be placed on the waiting list by the date of their application*
3.  Children of LMMS staff
4.  Children of LMMS governing board
5.  Siblings of students enrolled at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse in grades kindergarten and up.
*This policy does not apply to a sibling that has been dismissed from Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse or Montessori Middle School (LMMS).  Those students may reapply, but will be placed on the waiting list by the date of their application*

6.  Previous Montessori attendees, which only includes attendance at a school that is a Recognized Member of the Association Montessori International (AMI); or a school accredited by the International Montessori Council (AMI); or a school that is an Accredited Member of the American Montessori Society (AMS).

7.  Previous Montessori attendees, which only includes attendance at a school that is an Affiliated Member of the Association Montessori International (AMI); or a school that is a Full Member of the American Montessori Society (AMS).

Non Discrimination Policy

Lakeland Montessori Schools are designed to attract and benefit parents and students who have an interest in the Montessori educational design. Our enrollment and admissions policies comply with the provisions of the Florida Charter School Statutes. We do not discriminate with regard to enrollment.

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

Special Needs

Children with special needs will be addressed on an individual basis as they apply. The IEP team will review each student’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and special services prior to enrollment. Our model for ESE students is the inclusive model. Due to the small size of our schools, we do not have any separate classrooms or extra assistants dedicated to special needs students, therefore they must be able to be serviced in the same classroom as regular students and be able to fit within the Montessori model of teaching. The IEP team will meet to determine if a students special needs can be met at our schools or if they can be better served at another school.