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2023 - 2024 School Year

By virtue of how multi-age Montessori classrooms are balanced, our waitlist is a wait pool. Children are selected from the wait pool according to the needs of the individual classroom communities.

When a space becomes available, we look to the wait pool and select candidates giving priority to applications from children of faculty and alums, siblings of children enrolled at the school, and applicants whose parents have demonstrated engagement in the admissions process by attending admissions events.


We accept applications year-round for our Youngest Children's Community, Children's House, Elementary, and Adolescent programs. The initial admissions decisions are made in February of each year; therefore, an application by January 31 is encouraged.

Admissions decisions for the 2022-23 school year have already been communicated. Spaces often become available unexpectedly due to family transitions out of Austin and other life events. Parents may choose to apply, so their child's application is considered for one of these spaces.

When applying, you will be asked to specify the program you are applying to enroll your child in. Please read the information on the requirements below carefully before submitting the application.

How to Apply

  • Click on the 'Apply Now' link below.
  • Select the Create Account link to create a myAMS username and password.
  • After entering your necessary information, select the Create Account button.
  • Once you receive a myAMS username and password, you will have access to complete the online application, monitor your child's progress through the admissions process.
  • A non-refundable $100 fee is required with each application, for each new application including siblings of children and adolescents currently enrolled.
Please note:
Our system may recognize you by your email address. If the system recognizes your email address, your email address will be highlighted in red after you press  Submit. If this occurs, select the Forgot Login?  button. You will then be prompted to enter your email address to receive an automatic reply with your myAMS username and password.

Requirements

List of 5 items.

  • Early Childhood: The Young Children's Community (16 months - 3 years)

    If applying to the YCC, you will be asked to select from one of two options: YCC Beginning Cycle and YCC Full Cycle.

    YCC Beginning Cycle: 
    Children enter the Youngest Children's Community typically between 16 and 18 months, as long as they are stable walkers. Children who are over the age of 20 months are moved to the wait pool for the Children's House.

    YCC Full Cycle: Children who are older than 20 months and younger than 3 years old, and are transferring from another Montessori program.

    Children do not need to be fully toilet independent to enter the Youngest Children's Community. 
  • Early Childhood: The Children's House (2.5-6 years)

    If applying to the Children's House (CH), you will be asked to select from one of three options: CH Beginning Cycle, CH Mid Cycle, and CH Full Cycle.

    • CH Beginning Cycle: Children who are between the ages of 2.5 and 3.5 years old. Prior Montessori experience is not required.
    • CH Mid Cycle: Children who are 3.5 and 5 years of age. Please note that we typically do not enroll children into the Children's House over 4.5 years old unless they have prior Montessori experience.
    • CH Full Cycle: Children who are between 5 and 6 years of age, referred to in traditional schools as the "kindergarten" year. Please note that we typically do not enroll children into the Children's House over 4.5 years old unless they have prior Montessori experience.
    All children must be fully toilet independent. Diapers or pull-up diapers are not permitted.
  • Elementary: Early Elementary (Grades 1-3)

    If applying to the Early Elementary (EE), you will be asked to select from one of three options: EE Beginning Cycle, EE Mid Cycle, and EE Full Cycle:
    • EE Beginning Cycle: 1st Grade, with prior Montessori experience. 
    • EE Mid Cycle: 2nd Grade, with prior Montessori experience. 
    • EE Full Cycle: 3rd Grade, with prior Montessori experience. 
     
    Additionally, please note the following admissions requirements:
    • Age requirement: Children must be six years old by September 1 to begin 1st Grade. 
    • Two (2) Teacher Recommendation Forms.*
    • Transcript Release Form with report card/transcripts (last two years if applicable).*
    *All recommendation forms and report cards/transcripts must be sent directly from your child's current school.
  • Elementary: Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6)

    If applying to the Upper Elementary (UE), you will be asked to select from one of three options: UE Beginning Cycle, UE Mid Cycle, and UE Full Cycle:
    • UE Beginning Cycle: 4th Grade, with prior Montessori experience. 
    • UE Mid Cycle: 5th Grade, with prior Montessori experience. 
    • UE Full Cycle: 6th Grade, with prior Montessori experience. 
     
    Additionally, please note the following admissions requirements:
    • Age requirement: Children must be nine years old by September 1 to begin 4th Grade. 
    • Two (2) Teacher Recommendation Forms.*
    • Transcript Release Form with report card/transcripts (last two years if applicable).*
    *All recommendation forms and report cards/transcripts must be sent directly from your child's current school.
  • Adolescent Community (Grades 7-9)

    If applying to the Adolescent Community (AC), you will be asked to select from one of three options: AC Beginning Cycle, AC Mid Cycle, and AC Full Cycle:

    AC Beginning Cycle:
    7th Grade, with prior Montessori experience preferred. 

    AC Mid Cycle: 8th Grade, with prior Montessori experience preferred. 

    AC Full Cycle: 9th Grade, with prior Montessori experience preferred. 

    Additionally, please note the following admissions requirements:
    • Age requirement: Children must be 12 years old by September 1 to begin 7th grade. 
    • Two (2) Teacher Recommendation Forms*
    • Transcript Release Form with report card/transcripts (last two years if applicable)*
    *All recommendation forms and report cards/transcripts must be sent directly from your child's current school.
Austin Montessori School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex or gender, disability, or age in providing educational services, activities, and programs. Austin Montessori School complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 ("ADA"), as amended, which incorporates and expands upon the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and any other legally-protected classification or status protected by applicable law.