Families interested in the RPS 205 Montessori pre-kindergarten program can enroll as early as Dec. 1. The Maria Montessori program starts with a pre-kindergarten class when students are 4 years old. This is a high-demand program and students are placed through the pre-k lottery.
The RPS 205 Montessori program is available for pre-k (4-year-olds) through eighth grade. Children already in the Montessori pre-k program will automatically roll up to Montessori kindergarten. Children who are not assigned during the Montessori pre-k lottery will be placed on a waiting list.
To enroll in Montessori pre-k, a child must turn 4 on or before Sept. 1, 2016. Parents/guardians applying for the Montessori pre-k lottery must complete an application and attend a mandatory orientation before the lottery.
About Montessori: In the multi-aged Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education. Older students serve as models for younger students. Students remain with the same teacher for two or three years, which develops a strong sense of community within the school. The program will be housed at Marsh Elementary School, 2021 Hawthorne Drive, for the 2016-17 school year.
Montessori pre-k enrollment coincides with early enrollment for RPS 205 kindergarten. Families can enroll for either Montessori pre-k or kindergarten for the 2016-17 school year at the following Early Childhood sites between 10 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.:
- Tuesday, Dec. 1 Fairview Early Childhood Center
- Wednesday, Dec. 2 Dennis Early Childhood Center
- Thursday, Dec. 3 Summerdale Early Childhood Center
- Monday, Dec. 7 Rolling Green Elementary School
- Tuesday, Dec. 8 Nashold Elementary School
Families can also enroll at the following Head Start sites between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
- Thursday, Dec. 10 Fairgrounds
- Friday, Dec. 11 Orton Keyes
Enrollment is also available at the Student Assignment Center from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Call 815-967-8070 for more details.
Special enrollment event: RPS 205 is hosting a special kindergarten/Montessori pre-k enrollment event from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at the Student Assignment Center, 2000 Christina St. The Enrollment Extravaganza includes food and prizes. Call 815-967-8070 for more, or visit the Student Assignment Center page.