Admissions Process

To be a student at The Elizabeth Ann Clune Montessori School of Ithaca is to have a childhood worthy of dreams and a wondrous preparation for life.

Primary, Extended Day, Junior and Upper Level

OBSERVE
The best way to get a sense of who we are and how we do things is to observe a classroom in action. You are welcome to stay for an hour or a whole morning, after which you’ll meet with an Administrator who can answer any questions you might have.

APPLY
Complete and submit an online application and $25 fee. Please note that children must be 3 or older by October 15th of the year of admission.

RESERVE A SPOT
In January after tuition is set for the next academic year, Intent to Enroll forms are sent to all applicants via email. To reserve your space in our waiting pool, return a signed Intent to Enroll form along with a $1000 deposit to the school. Your deposit will not be processed until a spot is offered to you and you accept it.

ASSESSMENT
We assess all children who will be 5 by October 15 to determine appropriate placement. Spaces for new students become available beginning in March. We continue offering placement until our programs are full.

INVITATION TO ENROLL 
If a space in our program is offered and accepted, your tuition deposit will be processed and you will be prompted to complete your enrollment online.  Submission of state mandated health forms and payment of a one time $200 new student administrative fee is required prior to the start of the school year.

Adolescent Program

OBSERVE
The best way to get a sense of who we are and how we do things is to observe a classroom in action. You are welcome to stay for an hour or a whole morning, after which you’ll meet with an Administrator who can answer any questions you might have.

APPLY
Complete and submit an online application and $25 fee.

RESERVE A SPOT
In January after tuition is set for the next academic year, Intent to Enroll forms are sent to all applicants via email. To reserve your space in our waiting pool, return a signed Intent to Enroll form along with a $1000 deposit to the school. Your deposit will not be processed until a spot is offered to you and you accept it.

STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE AND INTERVIEW
A Student Questionnaire is due 2 weeks after submission of the application. If the Questionnaire indicates that the applicant is a good match for our program, an interview is scheduled. If the interview further indicates that it’s a good match, the applicant is invited for a morning visit to the Middle School.

INVITATION TO ENROLL 
If a space in our program is offered and accepted, your tuition deposit will be processed and you will be prompted to complete your enrollment online.  Submission of state mandated health forms and payment of a one time $200 new student administrative fee is required prior to the start of the school year.

Schedule a Classroom Observation

The best way to get a sense of who we are and how we do things is to observe a classroom in action.

Diversity

We seek to achieve a diverse student body in our classrooms as we believe this is an enriching and essential experience for students as they learn from each other and prepare to navigate an increasingly diverse society and interconnected world.

STUDENTS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS

We evaluate our ability to meet the needs of special education students on a case by case basis. Appropriateness of placement is reevaluated informally on a yearly basis. Please submit the most recent IEP for review, along with a release of information for a current teacher or daycare provider.

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