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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) and the full-day (until 2:45 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.

The Application Process for the 2019-2020 School Year

  • Please note that the application deadline for 2018-2019 admissions was January 25, 2018.
    Due to the volume of applications received, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 school year unless you are applying to be on the Elementary waitlist. In that case, please contact our admissions director. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year beginning August 15, 2018. Parents are welcome to submit an application at that time. In October, when we begin our tours for the 2018-2019 school year, those who have submitted applications but have not yet been able to tour will be invited in for a tour. You are also encouraged to sign up for our May 2018 or Fall 2018 group tours.

    1. Attend an Information Session.
      We look forward to showing you our school and answering any questions you have. During the Information Session, you will have the opportunity to meet teachers, visit the classrooms, and have an introduction to the Montessori method. Attending an Information Session is a critical part of the admissions process and we ask that you plan to attend the entire session. We understand it is not always possible, but we love to see both or all parents/guardians at these events. Please choose from the two dates listed below and please note that while we love children, these events are for adults only. (Infants in arms are welcome.) Please RSVP to admissions@centennialmontessori.org.
    2. Attend a Group Tour.
      We understand that choosing the right school for your child and family is a big decision! Attending a group tour gives you a sense of the class in action and gives you a chance to experience the atmosphere of the school with the children at work and play. These opportunities fill up quickly, so please plan to RSVP to admissions@centennialmontessori.org as soon as possible. Please see below for times. In order to minimize disruption for the classrooms, tours are for adults only. (Infants in arms are welcome.)
    3. Attend an Elementary Observation.
      We offer 30 minute observations to parents considering our Elementary environment. Please plan to stay the entire 30 minutes. The teacher will try to speak with you briefly at the end of the observations to answer any questions, but this is not always possible depending on student needs. Our Admissions director will meet you to answer questions and the teachers will also be available at our Open Houses.
    4. Submit an application by January 25, 2019.
      We look closely at the application to understand what you are looking for in a school. Please use the application to help us get to know you, your child, and your philosophy. This is our primary way to get to know you! There is a non-refundable fee per application of $150.
    5. Submit supporting documents.
      If your child has been in school previously, we also require an evaluation to be filled out by your child's teacher. For children over 6 years old, we require a records release be signed so that we may request school records from your child's current school. These forms can be found below.
    6. Parent and Child Visits
      We receive our re-enrollments and sibling enrollments in the beginning of February. At this point we will know how many spaces we have in the Elementary, Children's House and the Young Children's Community and we may invite some families back for a parent visit and/or child visit. If accepted, we will be working together on behalf of your child for many years, so we do ask that both/all parents/guardians attend the family visit. We know this can be challenging and will work with you to find a date that works.

      These visits vary greatly depending on your child's age and developmental level and are scheduled based on availability in the visit schedule. Our aim is to get to see your child in Montessori setting and get to know your family better, but to do so in a way that is comfortable for your child. Due to the large number of applicants, we are not able to accommodate visits for every family which is one reason why the group tours, the application, and open house attendance is so critical. We only conduct visits if we feel there is a strong likelihood of having a space in the program your child is applying for.
    7. Decision Letters
      In order to make sure you have our decision letter at the same time as other schools you may be applying to, we follow the Bay Area Guidelines for Admissions. Decisions are mailed March 8th for children under 5 and are due back on March 15th. Decision letters for children over 5 are sent March 15th and are due back March 22nd.

      In keeping with the Bay Area Admissions Best Practices, no member of the Centennial Montessori community will contact you during the week following the decision letters. We understand this is an important time for your family to reflect. Accepted children who are eligible (based on age and toilet independence) are welcome to attend our summer program in the summer of 2018.

      Please note that unless your child is continuing on to our Elementary or transferring from a Montessori School, we rarely accept children into the third year of our Children's House (Kindergarten).

    Lower School: Young Children's Community & Children's House Information Sessions
    December 6, 2018, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
    January 12, 2019, 1:00 - 2:30 pm
    Please RSVP to admissions@centennialmontessori.org so that we know how many parents to expect.
    Also please note that although we love to meet the children, our open houses are for adults only.

    Upper School: Elementary Community Information Session
    December 6, 2018, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
    January 12, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
    Please RSVP to admissions@centennialmontessori.org so that we know how many parents to expect.
    Also please note that although we love to meet the children, our open houses are for adults only.

    Small Group Tour
    Additional 2018 & 2019 tours will be added by February 15th. All tours begin at 9:00 am at our Children's House.
    May 18, 2017, Tour is full.
    October 4, 2017, Tour is full.
    October 18, 2017, Tour is full.
    November 15, 2017, Tour is full.
    December 6, 2017, Tour is Full.
    April 25, 2018, Tour is Full.
    May 9, 2018, Tour is Full.

    So as not to disrupt the children, tours are limited in number. Please RSVP to admissions@centennialmontessori.org so that we know how many parents to expect. Also please note that although we love to meet the children, our group tours are for adults only. Our tours fill up early. Please RSVP as soon as possible to secure a space. If the tours are full, the Information Day and Nights are a great option for learning more about the school. We recommend attending whether you have gone on a group tour or not.


    Please note that our application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year has passed and do to the volume of applications, we are no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 waitlist. We will begin accepting applications for the 2019-2020 school year on August 15, 2018. Please come back after August 15th and you will find a link to complete an application and submit the application fee.
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