Admission to the Montessori Center's early childhood program is open to children of any race, sex, religion, national, or ethnic origin. The program is nondiscriminatory in the administration of its educational policies, programs, and activities.
The Montessori Center encourages a culturally diverse student population in order to create a social environment where children learn respect and understanding for others, regardless of cultural heritage or individual differences.
Factors considered prior to admission to the program are the compatibility of the parent's home and school philosophies on issues such as discipline, nutrition, and social-emotional values. The school also seeks to ensure that the parents' educational expectations of the school are compatible with the goals and concepts as outlined by the American Montessori Society.
Children entering into our elementary program are required to spend time in the environment while school is in session before the enrollment process is completed. If enrolling during the summer, children will take an entrance assessment. To enter the elementary program without prior Montessori experience, children are generally expected to read at their grade level. Exceptions to this expectation are dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
Children who learn quickly are offered academic challenges throughout the curriculum. Children who need extra practice in order to learn are offered additional time after school during the week, summer programs, and tutorial services that help the child master skills and concepts. There are extra charges for the summer programs and tutorial services.
Parent involvement is important in Montessori education. In order to learn more about our school, we request you do the following before enrollment at the Montessori Center of Jackson:
1. Observe the classroom. All new parents (both mother and father or legal guardians) are asked to observe the classroom during school hours for a minimum of (1) hour each. It is to your advantage to see our classroom to ensure that our Montessori environment is one that you are seeking for your child.
2. Attend parent meetings. A parent from the family is requested to attend meetings at the Montessori Center on the Montessori Method. These meetings will familiarize you with basic Montessori philosophy.
3. Participate in personal orientation. Both parents (when available) and the child will be invited to have a personal orientation at the school. This will allow the child to become familiar with the classroom and the teacher on an individual basis. Orientations with new children will be scheduled with consideration given to the date application is received at the Center and for genuinely interested parents.