Children may be admitted to Top Hat Montessori at any time of year. The first step in the admission process is to visit the school to observe the class your child would enter. Observations are scheduled Monday through Friday mornings. Each observation visit takes about 30 minutes, including a tour of the facility and a chance to ask questions. Contact the school, or fill out our information request form to arrange a visit.
If you decide that you are interested after your observation, you may complete your application form and return it to the school along with your $50 non-refundable application fee. We will then arrange a time for us to meet your child, to learn more about them. Once we feel able to place your child in an appropriate class and to help them with their transition into the school, we can discuss possible starting dates and then complete an enrollment contract.
Top Hat Montessori admits students of any race, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, and does not discriminate in the administration of its educational or admissions policies. We will admit any child with developmental delays or disabilities, if we believe the child is capable of successful participation in our program. Because of the individualized nature of the Montessori approach, children with a wide range of abilities can be accommodated.
While most children thrive in our program, not all children are able to succeed in a Montessori environment. Our admissions interview, trial enrollment period, and discipline policy are all designed to assess and address any such problems.
Montessori Kindergarten students are in the Primary room with children who are 3 and 4 years of age during the morning work period. If a child is 5 years old by September 1st, they are eligible for Kindergarten instruction in the early afternoon, while the younger children are napping. They can then practice their advanced work any time during the day.
Top Hat Montessori will admit new students to our Kindergarten program if they have at least one year previous experience in a Montessori program, and if the Primary teacher’s assessment during the child’s interview shows readiness for Kindergarten work. Our Kindergarten program meets or exceeds standards for Montgomery County Public Schools and the Core Curriculum.