Wilmington Montessori School Admissions Process

WMS has rolling admissions throughout the academic year. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis for programs with current openings. Application materials (including both admissions AND financial aid applications) for next school year must be submitted by January 31 for first-round decisions. We will continue to accept and review applications that are received after January 31, provided spaces are still available in the requested program. We recommend that families begin the admissions process as early in the fall as possible before the year of planned enrollment. Once classrooms are full, students will be placed on a waiting list and notified if a space becomes available. 

Step 1: Parent Visit
Prospective parents are invited and encouraged to tour the school and observe classes. Please set up a date to tour the school by calling (302) 475-0555 or emailing admissions@wmsde.org. You may also sign up for one of our upcoming open houses.

Step 2: Application
Interested families should submit an application for their child along with a $50 non-refundable application fee. You will be notified by mail once your application and fee have been received. Families with children applying to kindergarten through sixth grade will then receive a letter from WMS with a Release of Information form and a teacher recommendation form (for kindergarten or grades 1-6). Parents will need to give these forms to their child’s current school. The applicant’s current school will send the recommendations, transcript and any standardized test scores directly to Wilmington Montessori School.

Step 3: Parent Interview/Student Visit
The Parent Interview and Student Visit will vary depending on the age of the prospective student:

Applicants to the Toddler and Primary (ages 3-6) Programs: Prospective parents and students meet privately with the Director of Admissions and will also get a chance to meet one of the Toddler or Primary teachers for an informal discussion of classroom procedures, expectations and objectives.

Applicants to Grade 1-6: Prospective students visit for a full school day (8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Parents are scheduled for a parent interview with a lead teacher. During their visit, children will have a brief assessment with a staff member.

Step 4: Apply for Financial Assistance - Optional
WMS offers tuition assistance to current and incoming families based on financial need. The financial aid program provides many students with an exceptional educational opportunity that may otherwise be inaccessible and allows for a well-qualified student body of diverse economic backgrounds. After completing the admissions application and parent interview or student visit, parents can submit an application online for financial aid. The application is not complete until last year’s tax returns are received by the FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program.

Note: Applications for first-round financial aid decisions for the 2017-18 school year will be due on December 31, 2016 for current families and January 31, 2017 for new families. Please contact Nancy Oddo, Business Manager, for more information about financing your child's education at Wilmington Montessori School.

Step 5: Notification
The Admissions Committee will meet to review your child’s acceptance upon completion of the application, visit, and submission of records. The Director of Admissions will contact you regarding the Admission Committee’s decision. Upon acceptance you will receive an enrollment packet that includes the contract and other documents to complete prior to admission. A student is formally enrolled when the Director of Admissions receives the signed contract and deposit.

Dates to Remember
Schedule a tour anytime!

Starting in September
(rolling) - Submit your application

Starting in October
(rolling) - Schedule a family interview and school visit.
November 15 - Current families: Financial Aid application for the 2017-18 school year opens for returning WMS families.

December 1
- Prospective families: Financial Aid application opens for families applying to start at WMS in fall 2017.

December 31
- Current families: Deadline for returning WMS families to apply for Financial Aid for the 2017-18 school year.

January 31 -  Prospective families:  All admissions AND financial aid application materials due for first-round offers for the 2017-18 school year.

Rolling Admissions: Applications will continue to be accepted and reviewed throughout the year as availability permits.
Open House Registration
Join us for an Open House:

Saturday, November 5, 2016
9:30 a.m. or 5 p.m.

Register Now 

Want to visit sooner? Email admissions@wmsde.org to schedule a private tour.
Contact our Admissions Team
Request Admissions InfoTiffany Harrison
Director of Admissions


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