Admissions Process

1) Explore Summit

We invite you to take a look at our website, learn how our school engages each student as an individual, read about the benefits of Montessori education, and review our Admissions Process. Most of all, we invite you to see the magic at Summit in person. If you have questions, please give us a call at 508-872-3630 or email us at [email protected]. When you’re ready to take the next step, submit an online Inquiry Form to be added to our electronic mailing list.

2) Schedule an Initial Zoom Call

Once we receive your inquiry, a member of the the Admissions Office will reach out to schedule an introductory Zoom call. We’ll share more about Summit and answer any questions you may have. This call also gives us a chance to learn about your child and family and what you’re looking for in a school.

3) Schedule a Campus Tour and Classroom Observation

From there, we’ll set up a time for you to come visit our campus. If you visit while school is in session, you will also have an opportunity to briefly observe in a classroom. During the school year, tours are scheduled in the mornings during the morning work cycle. You can also tour during the summer months, although classes are not in session.

4) Submit an Admissions Application

Following the Zoom call and school tour, we will send you a link to fill out our admissions application. Please submit your completed application with a non-refundable application fee of $50 (submitted online along with the application).

If your child is applying for the Elementary Program, we also request that you send a teacher recommendation and Records Release form to your child’s current school. The teacher recommendation form is from the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE), one of our accrediting bodies. There is one for students currently in grades K-1 and another for students grades 2-5. Please provide a copy to your child’s teacher. They will return it directly to Summit via email or snail mail.

The Records Release Form allows your child’s current school to send us their records. Please print and complete the form with a signature and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. The records will be sent directly to Summit.

5) Submit a Financial Aid Application (if interested)

If you are interested in requesting financial assistance, you will need to submit a Financial Aid Application. More information about financial aid can be found in the “Tuition and Affording a Summit Education” page of our website.

6) Visit the School with your Child

After we receive your admissions application, we will reach out to set up an admissions visit for your child. This visit will involve your child spending time in one of our classrooms with a teacher and will look different depending on your child’s age.

Applicants for the Beginners Program (students who will be 18 months to about 3 years of age on September 1) visit with their parent(s)/guardian(s) for approximately 30 minutes. They will spend one-on-one time with one of our two lead Beginners teachers in the classroom while the other students are outside. These visits are designed as a two-way opportunity. This is a chance for you to observe our faculty in action with your child and see the Montessori materials as they are presented by our teachers at this level. At the same time, teachers are watching for age-appropriate development of the child in motor skills, expressive and receptive communication, and social-emotional interaction. We honor that all children develop at their own pace and recognize that growth is often uneven and not linear in nature.

Applicants for Children’s House (students who will be 2.9 to 5 years of age on September 1) visit the classroom for approximately 45 minutes. Applicants and their parent(s)/guardian(s) spend time in one of our three Children’s House classrooms during the morning work cycle. The child will work one-on-one with a teacher interacting with the environment, the prepared materials, and the other children. This is a chance for the teacher to observe the child, for the parent(s)/guardian(s) to observe the teacher in action, and for the child to become acquainted with the Montessori classroom.

Applicants for the Lower and Upper Elementary programs (students entering grades 1-6 in September) will spend the whole morning in the classroom with the teachers and their peers. Parents will be asked to drop their child off in the morning with a snack and then pick up their child in a few hours. Students will have a chance to fully engage with the classroom materials and other students and get a sense of the flow of the morning work cycle.

7) The Admissions Decision

Summit will make admissions decisions by March 10 and email electronic contracts to accepted students on that date. Contracts and non-refundable deposits ($2,500 per child) will be due back to Summit three weeks later. Students accepted after this initial admissions window will have two weeks to return the contract and non-refundable deposit to Summit once offered admission. Enrollment contracts become binding on May 1. Enrollment contracts offered to families between May and January become binding the date it is signed and returned to the school.

Contact Us with any Questions

If you have any questions or would like further information, please contact our Director of Advancement, Rebecca Crawford, by phone at 508-872-3630, or by email at [email protected].

Non-Discrimination Policy

Summit Montessori School admits students and accepts families regardless of sex, race, color, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability status, or ancestry to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students and families at our school.  We do not discriminate in the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, scholarship or loan programs, and athletic or other school-based programs.


Admissions Deadlines for the 2024-2025 School Year for NEW Families

December 4, 2023Admissions applications open
January 26, 2024Admissions applications are due
February 23, 2024Financial aid applications are due. Applications can be found under the "Financial Assistance" section of the "Tuition and Affording a Summit Education" page.
March 10, 2024Acceptance letters, contracts, and financial aid award notifications sent out
March 25, 2024Signed contracts and tuition deposits are due
March 26, 2024Beginning of rolling admissions cycle
May 1, 2024First tuition payment due, and payment in full due for those who have selected that option.

Admissions Deadlines for the 2024-2025 School Year for CURRENT Families

December 4, 2023Admissions applications open for siblings
January 10, 2024Admissions applications due for siblings
January 24, 2024Re-enrollment contracts sent out. Please note that accounts must be in good standing in order to receive a re-enrollment contract.
February 9, 2024Deadline for re-enrollment contracts and letters of intent to be returned to the school
February 9, 2024Financial aid applications are due. On-line applications can be found under the "Financial Assistance" section of the "Tuition and Affording a Summit Education" page.
February 27, 2024Financial aid awards sent out
March 5, 2024Deadline to notify the school of acceptance of financial aid awards by returning signed contracts with deposits to the school. Please note that awards not accepted by this date will be returned to the financial aid pool for new families.
May 1, 2024First tuition payment due, and payment in full due for those who have selected that option.
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