Frequently Asked Questions

How old do children have to be in order to enter your school?
Children must be 3 or older to enroll at MCH. The majority of children enter in September but a few may enter later in the fall if they turn three in September or October. 

Does my child have to be potty trained?

What is your enrollment process?
Please read about our Admissions Process here.

Can I enroll my child for just a few days per week?
All MCH programs are 5 days per week however we offer several program options including an 11:30 a.m. and a 1:30 p.m. dismissal.

On what basis do you accept children?
A number of factors, including age and gender, play a role in offering a placement to a family. We look for families who want to be active members in our school's community. We look for diversity, as expressed through cultural background, economics, and family-structure. We do not expect families to be familiar with the Montessori Method.

Do siblings receive priority admission?
Yes, siblings receive priority admission at MCH.

Does MCH maintain a waitlist?
MCH keeps a “wait pool” meaning that we do not rank applications. All families that apply by our end-of-January deadline receive equal consideration.

Is MCH affiliated with other Montessori schools?
MCH is not affiliated with any other Montessori schools. Montessori schools generally operate independently and implement the Montessori philosophy and methodology in a variety of ways.

Is MCH accredited?
MCH teachers are credentialed through either the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or American Montessori Society (AMS). MCH has earned accreditation as an exemplary early childhood program through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The school also belongs to the North American Montessori Teachers’ Association (NAMTA), 

What is the average tenure for an MCH teacher?
Both of our head teachers have been at MCH for more than 20 years. On average, most teachers have been at MCH for 11 years. Our faculty and staff represent a range of cultural backgrounds and languages.

Does MCH offer scholarships?
Yes, MCH has a Tuition Assistance Program (TAP). Families can apply for TAP after they have been admitted to the school. For a more detailed description of the program please click here.

What is the school’s student teacher ratio?
During the morning classroom activity time, the student teacher ratio is 10:1. At other times in the day, especially during Park Play, it is 6:1. In Montessori classrooms, the number of adults is limited in order to promote self-reliance and independence. Montessori classrooms are specifically designed to allow children to do things by themselves. Extra adults are always on hand to assist and help in case of an emergency.

Does the school offer a lunch program?
Children may either bring a lunch from home or participate in a nutritious lunch delivery service. On Fridays we offer a hot lunch in which all children may participate for a small additional fee.

What are the ways I can get involved with the school?
MCH actively encourages parent involvement in the school. It is the basis of our strong and vibrant school community. We ask families to donate 18 hours of time each year. Many families chose to donate more! Volunteer jobs include serving hot lunch, chaperoning Park Play, organizing social events, fundraising, teacher appreciation events, giving special presentations to the children, and support work that can be done at school or home, among many other tasks.