Please feel free to contact us to inquire about our programs and any other details about our school. We are always happy to speak to interested parents. We ask that you read our website very closely and be particularly mindful of our requirements for a commitment to the full Montessori experience (through Kindergarten year) for all who are offered admissions, and the full-day (until 2:50 pm) requirement for children over 4.5 years old. If you are comfortable with the philosophy and policies, we encourage you to submit an application. Tuition details can be found by following the link at the bottom of the page.
The Application Process for the 2024-2025 School Year
Parents are welcome to submit an application for the 2024-2025 school year. We are offering in person admissions events, such as group tours and information sessions. We also understand that some families may feel more comfortable with virtual visits, so there will be options for virtual group tours as well. You are strongly encouraged to sign up for our in-person or virtual group tours and information session. This is your best way to see our school and ask questions.
You may also submit the application below for the 2023-2024 school year. Any applications submitted will go on our waitlist and we will contact you if we have an opening for your child.
Lower School: Young Children's Community & Children's House Open House SessionsThursday, December 7, 2023, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Saturday, January 20, 2024, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
Please register by clicking the line below, so that we know how many parents to expect.
Upper School: Elementary Community Information SessionThursday, December 7, 2023, 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 20, 2024, 2:30 - 3:30 pm
Small Group Tour
Please register early by clicking the line below, tours are limited to 5 families and fill up early.
Please note that although we love to meet the children, our group tours are oriented for adults. Our tours fill up early. Please register above as soon as possible to secure a space. If the on-campus tours are full, the Information Sessions and virtual tours are a great option for learning more about the school. We recommend attending whether you have gone on a group tour or not.
Virtual Group Tour
Please register early by clicking the line below, tours are limited to 10 families and fill up early.
TUITION SCHEDULENote that the tuition typically increases between 3 and 8% each year (generally closer to the lower end). Please click the image below to see our 2023-2024 tuition fees, 2024-2025 fees will be posted as soon as they are updated, typically in November.
APPLICATIONOur application deadline for 2024-2025 is January 30, 2024. Any available openings for 2023-2024 will usually be filled from our waitlist determined by the applications submitted by January 15, 2023. However, we do give priority to siblings, AMI Montessori transfer students, and families continuing on to the Elementary program. You are welcome to use the application below to apply for any space that opens in 2023-2024.
Please select the image below to begin the application. Please make sure to complete the application by following the PayPal link to submit the application fee. Due to the volume of applications received, incomplete applications will be deleted. Thanks!
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLYING TO ELEMENTARY OR THE THIRD YEAR OF CHILDREN'S HOUSETeacher recommendations are not required for YCC or young CH students. If you are applying to the Elementary or the third year of the Children's House, we require transcripts from their current school (or conference reports for younger children) and a teacher recommendation from your child's current teacher. Other recommendations are welcome if it helps us get to know them better! Please click below for the forms.
Tuition AssistanceIf you would like to apply for financial aid, please click the FAST/ISM logo below. Due to the high cost of living in our area, even middle income families may have trouble financing a private Montessori education. If you are committed to Montessori, we are committed to you. Families receiving tuition assistance range from those who would qualify for free school lunches using federal guidelines to families who can afford tuition, but for whom paying tuition would mean using 100% of the family's disposable income for tuition.
As well as helping make Montessori possible for each individual family, we are also commited to creating an economically diverse community, because we truly believe it benefits all children in our community. We dedicate 15% of our operating expenses to financial aid. Tuition assistance is not donation dependent, but rather a commitment central to our philosophy. Grants range from 10% to 100%. Generally, a work study program for parents is part of the Tuition Assistance package. Because we are just a small school, we regret that we cannot yet offer need blind admissions. Please make sure your application for assistance is filed with your application for admissions.
Typically, children from families eligible for free or reduced lunch, will receive full tuition if funds are available. Note that there is a fee for this application. Waivers are available for families who would otherwise qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please see the federal guidelines for income eligibility scales to see if you qualify for a waiver. If so, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications for tuition assistance are due with the admissions application on January 15, 2023 and use prior year data.
Centennial Montessori School is committed to providing an environment free of harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and disrespectful or other similar conduct based on, but not limited to, race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding or related medical conditions), color, gender (including gender identity and gender expression), national origin (including language use restrictions and possession of a driver's license issued under Vehicle Code section 12801.9), ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, registered domestic partner status, age, sexual orientation, military and veteran status or any other basis protected by federal, state or local law or ordinance or regulation. It also prohibits discrimination, harassment, disrespectful or unprofessional conduct based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics. In addition, Centennial Montessori School prohibits retaliation against individuals who raise complaints of discrimination or harassment or who participate in investigations. If you (as a student, family member or staff member) believe you have been harassed or discriminated against (by a staff member, community member or student), immediately contact the Head of School at 650-340-1230 or email@example.com.