Application Forms

EARLY CHILDHOOD APPLICATION (age 3 & 4)

  • 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.
  • November 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 and introduction to the school with one of the school Adminstrators. Both parents and your child are required to attend.
  • Applications will continue to be accepted after November 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. Students may enter mid-year once they turn 3.
  • 3 & 4 year olds are 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.
  • Fill out the Early Childhood Application. If you qualify for the Polk County School Readiness program, the application fee can be waived. To apply for the School Readiness program, visit their website here.

Click here for more information on our admissions process and tuition rates.

GRADES K-6 APPLICATION

  • 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.We encourage families to apply early, the best chance for admission is at age three.  There are over 2,000 students on our waiting list for grades K-8.
  • 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, the application period begins November 1 of the year before. For example, a student that will begin Kindergarten in August 2021 can apply on or after November 1, 2020.

GRADES 7 & 8 MIDDLE SCHOOL APPLICATION

  • There is no tuition or application fee for grades K-8.
  • Students that are attending sixth grade at Lakeland Montessori Schoolhouse receive automatic entrance to seventh grade.
  • 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 application period begins and ends on the same date as the Polk County Public Schools fall application period. For the 2021-22 school year, the application period begins November 10, 2020 and ends January 12, 2021. After the application period ends, applications will continue to be accepted for the seventh grade waiting list. The polkschoolsfl.com website will announce the application period dates each year.

Non-discrimination Policy

Lakeland Montessori Schools are designed to attract and benefit parents and students who are interested in an accredited, high fidelity Montessori educational program. Our enrollment and admissions policies comply with the provisions of the Florida Charter School Statutes. We do not discriminate with regard to admissions.

The School Board of Polk County, Florida, and Lakeland Montessori, prohibits any and all forms of discrimination and harassment based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, national origin, sex, age, gender, marital status, disability, genetic information, or other basis prohibited by law in any of its programs, services, activities or employment practices.

Special Needs

Children with special needs will be addressed on an individual basis as they apply. After a family receives an admissions letter, the IEP team will meet to determine if a students special needs can be met at our school or if they can be best served at another school within our district. Our model for ESE students is the inclusive, consultative model. Due to the small size of our schools, we do not have separate classrooms or extra assistants dedicated to special needs students, therefore all students must be able to fit within the Montessori model of teaching.

The Principal is the Section 504 coordinator who may respond to a complaint of discrimination and they can be contacted at Principal@LakelandMontessori.com. A person’s disablity is not considered with regard to admissions.

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