List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Do you have a waiting list?

    At this time, we do have a wait list for the 2020-2021 school year for all levels. 

    For the Youngest Children's Community, the majority of spaces will be offered to children in the 16-19 month range when the place is available.  

    For the Children's House level, the majority of places are offered to children in the 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year range when anticipated place is available.  We rarely have places for children beyond 3 1/2 years.  If we do have an opening for a 4 or 5 year old, it would be first offered to a child from the wait list with previous Montessori experience.

    For Elementary and Adolescent Community placment, any available spaces will first be offered to children from the wait list who have previous Montessori experience.
  • How do I place my child on the waiting list?

    Please contact our Admissions Office before submitting an application for infomation regarding availability. Your child will be placed in our active waiting pool once we receive an admissions application with the application fee. You will be notified by email or phone if we are able to place your child.
  • May I come and visit?

    Absolutely. We offer School Showings several times each semester for our programs for 16 months to si years. After attending a School Showing, you may schedule a Youngest Children's Community or Children's House classroom observation by calling or emailing the Admissions Coordinator at (512) 892-0253 or admissions@ausitnmontessori.org. If you are interested in visiting an Elementary classroom, you may call the Admissions Director at (512) 892-0253 ext. 21.
  • Where are you located?

    Austin Montessori School has three campus locations in Austin, Texas.

    The Sunset Trail campus is located at 5006 Sunset Trail, Austin, 78745.

    The Great Northern campus is located on at 6817 Great Nothern Blvd, Austin, 78757.

    The Gaines Creek campus (Adolescent Community) is located at 5677 Oak Blvd, Austin, 78735.
  • What is the tuition?

    Please refer to the Tuition and Fees page for the tuition and fee schedule.
  • How many children are in a class?

    Our Youngst children's Communities for toddlers (16 months to 2 1/2 years) have 12 children each. AMI recommends a class size between 28 and 35 children for Children's House and Elementary classrooms. Our communities never exceed the upper limit. A qualified teacher with AMI training guides each class along with the help of an assistant.
  • What is AMI?

    The Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) is one of our accrediting agencies. AMI was established in 1929 by Dr. Maria Montessori to maintain, propagate, and further her ideas and principles for the full development of the human being. AMI, with headquarters in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, is to date entrusted with her legacy. AMI functions as the source of complete Montessori training and as a center for continuing research and development.
  • Is this a year-round program?

    We offer a 9 ½ month program, beginning in mid-August and continuing through the end of May.  We do now offer a year round program for the Children's House level (3 to 6 years) at both our north and south campus.

    Our Elementary students (aged 6-12) can avail of our Slow Austin Summer Program which is offered for 8 weeks during June and July.
  • Can my child come three days a week?

    In our community, children do best with a regular schedule that they can predict. Therefore, all of our programs are full, 5-day programs.
  • Do you have a kindergarten program?

    Classes at Austin Montessori School are in a three- to four-year cycle in order to best follow the child's development. The traditional 'kindergarten' would be the vitally important third and final year of the Children's House community. The following year would be the first year of the Early Elementary cycle.
  • What is the best age to start a child in Montessori?

    The best age to start a child in Montessori in the Youngest Children's Community is between 16 and 20 months; at the Children's House level the best age is 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years.
  • How hard is it to transition a child from Montessori to a traditional school program?

    Our children do best remaining in the Montessori program through middle school. However, the characteristics and skills that your children develop in a Montessori community will stay with them for life and will carry them into a new environment with strength of character and confidence.