The Maria Montessori program at RPS 205 is offered for students from pre-Kindergarten (4 year olds) to 8th grade. Maria Montessori at Marsh houses all grade levels. Please click on the school link above to learn more.
In the multi-aged Montessori classroom, children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own education. In a prepared environment with a trained Montessori teacher, children may move freely around the room selecting materials needed to carry out the child’s plan. Older children serve as models for younger children; they also reinforce their own skills by demonstrating them to younger children. Students remain with the same teacher for two or three years, thus allowing the development of a strong sense of community with classmates and teacher.
Montessori Application Process for the Pre K (4 year old) program:
The application deadline is March 6, 2020.
Apply at the Welcome Center by the application deadline of the year your child will be 4 on September 1. Students residing within RPS 205 boundaries from any zone may apply.
Parents or guardians must attend one of the required orientation sessions at the school and will receive a flyer with orientation dates and times when applying. Attendance is mandatory, including parents who currently have a child or children in the Montessori program. If the parent or guardian does not attend an orientation, the application will be withdrawn from the lottery process.
The computerized, random lottery is run in mid-March for students who applied and whose parent/guardian attended an orientation.
Sibling Priority and Prior Experience Priority
Sibling priority is given to pre-kindergarten students living in the same home as students who are already enrolled in the program (pre-kindergarten through 7th grade). If the only sibling attending Montessori is currently in 8th grade and will attend high school in the upcoming school year, sibling preference for the upcoming school year does not apply. Students attending a Montessori School for the year (or longer) immediately prior to the year for which the student is seeking enrollment are given preference in the lottery.
NEW 2019-2020: If the only sibling at Montessori is eligible for another special program through lottery or fall K gifted testing and accepts the seat, sibling preference does not apply.
Notification is by US mail after the lottery takes place.
A lottery waitlist is created and each student is assigned a number. The lottery waitlist is posted on the Welcome Center page of the district website.
Families interested in the Maria Montessori program after open application dates are closed may fill out an interest form at the Welcome Center. Interest forms are time stamped, and an interest list is maintained in this order.
When all lottery waitlist students have been placed, or after first grade, whichever comes first, the interest list is used to place students. Sibling preference or prior Montessori experience within a year, as well as a mandatory orientation appointment at the school, are considered when placing students. Sibling priority is given to students living in the same home as students who are already enrolled in the program (pre-kindergarten through 7th grade). For non-lottery applicants, if the only sibling attending Montessori is currently in 8th grade and will attend high school in the upcoming school year, sibling preference for the upcoming school year does not apply.
Both the lottery waitlist and interest lists are maintained by the Welcome Center.
To apply for all other grades:
Apply at the Welcome Center.
All non-lottery applications will be time stamped and added to the interest list at the bottom of the lottery waitlist.
2nd grade and up: applications will be time stamped and added to the interest list by grade level.
Each student will be assigned a number that identifies them and the list will be published on the Welcome Center page of the website. The parent or guardian is contacted if a seat becomes available and is given an application to complete for consideration for placement in the program.
The following items are required:
- A project-based learning sample as evidence of critical thinking
- Participation in an informal interview to showcase the student portfolio,
- Explanation within the student portfolio of examples of service to a community, their school, or their family.
Students are ranked on the interest form list from highest to lowest by points on the rubric, then by timestamp. Siblings of current students have preference when placing students from the interest list. As new interest forms are received, the interest list is re-ranked each month. Non-lottery eligible student includes any student grades PreKindergarten through 8th who did not enroll in the lottery or participate in the mandatory informational orientation.