Learn more about our guidelines and procedures for admission and registration.
For the Montessori Children’s Garden Toddler program, children are eligible for enrollment at 2 years of age. Toddlers may join the program at any time during the year if openings are available. Children remain in the Toddler program until they are 3 years old and toilet trained.
For the Montessori Children's Garden Preschool program, toilet trained children are eligible for enrollment at 3 years of age. Children may enter the Preschool program at any time throughout the year if openings are available. Students may participate in the Preschool program until they are eligible for the Kindergarten program.
Kindergarten and Elementary Admission
For the Montessori Children's Garden Kindergarten and Elementary programs, we strictly follow age guidelines of District 204, Indian Prairie School District. Observance of these local guidelines allows kindergartners to be eligible for entry into 1st grade after completing the Kindergarten program. Children attending the Kindergarten and Elementary programs must be enrolled five (5) days per week.
Summer Program Admission
Montessori Children's Garden also provides a summer program that engages children with additional projects and events in a more relaxed atmosphere. The Summer program begins around June 1st of each calendar year. Our Summer program is available for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and elementary age children.
Regardless of a child’s age or the desired program, the following four-step process is followed for admission and enrollment to Montessori Children’s Garden.
1. Initial Parent Inquiry
Parents receive general information about desired program and a meeting is scheduled with school representative.
2. Parent Meeting (First Visit)
Family receives a tour of facility and is introduced to the staff. A director or head teacher discusses the Montessori philosophy and classroom environment with families and parent questions are answered.
3. Student Visit / Parent Observation (Second Visit)
The child participates in a short visit to the classroom, allowing the teacher and parents the opportunity to observe the Montessori philosophy in action.
4. Acceptance and Enrollment
Additional forms completed for admission, medical release and health forms explained*.
*If child is not immunized based on religious grounds, a letter stating the exemption must be provided in lieu of the immunization form prior to admission.