Admissions

Admissions Policy & Application Process

We are the first and only Montessori accredited public school in Polk County. We serve children age 3-15, and we are honored when new families join our school community! 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 and 4 are guaranteed admission to Kindergarten and 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. To contact former and current parents at our school to ask any questions, feel free to click on our Ambassador parent list!

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 and other questions, visit here.
  • Students that attend Lakeland Montessori for PreK receive automatic entrance to Kindergarten and the opportunity to continue all the way through eighth grade.
  • 3 & 4 year olds are all part of our Early Childhood (PreK3, PreK4, and Kindergarten) program and are not separated by age, giving them the opportunity to advance in the curriculum as they are ready.
  • The deadline for priority consideration/early enrollment decisions is November 1 of the year before your child will attend as a three year old. For example, if your child will be three on or before September 1, 2022, then November 1, 2021 is the deadline for priority consideration/early enrollment decisions. Applications will continue to be accepted thereafter for any spots that remain and/or the applicant pool, however, if you apply after the priority consideration deadline, you will only be contacted if openings are available.

2021-22 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 2,000 students.
  • PreK4 Full Day (8:15-3:00)*: $617 eleven monthly payments plus enrollment deposit; $7539 annual tuition (includes VPK discount)
  • PreK3 Mornings (8:15-12:15): $695** eleven monthly payments plus enrollment deposit; $8395 annual tuition. **50% discount available for families that qualify for the Polk County Early Learning School Readiness program. To apply for the School Readiness program, visit their website here. After receiving proof that you qualify, email it to admissions@lakelandmontessori.com to continue the application process.
  • PreK3 Full Day (8:15-3:00)*: $799 eleven monthly payments plus enrollment deposit; $9539 annual tuition

*Our on-site Early Childhood All Day Montessori program is available until 5:00 pm.

Early Childhood applicants are required to:

  1. Complete a 3 & 4 year old Application. If you qualify for the Polk County Early Learning Coalition School Readiness program, the application fee can be waived. To apply for the School Readiness program, visit their website here. After receiving proof that you qualify, email it to admissions@lakelandmontessori.com to continue the application process.
  2. If spots are available, you will receive an email invitation to visit our campus. Visits include a scheduled school tour, introduction to the school, classroom observation, child visit and conference with one of the school Adminstrators. Both parents are required to attend.
  3. 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.
  4. Parents will be notified of the admission decision. 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.

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 for 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 2021, the application period will begin on November 1, 2020 and continue year round thereafter.

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.
  • 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, the first application period begins and ends on the same date as the Polk County Public Schools fall application period. The polkschoolsfl.com website will announce the application period dates. After the first application period ends, applications will continue to be accepted for the seventh grade waiting list.

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).