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Admissions Process

Wilmington Montessori School offers rolling admissions throughout the academic year. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis for programs with current openings.

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Application materials for next school year must be submitted by January 25 for first-round decisions. We will continue to accept and review applications that are received after January 25, 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.

Current Waiting Lists:
There are limited openings in our Lower Elementary Program (grades 1-3). Our first grade is filled to capacity for the 2019-20 school year.

In addition, the Toddler Program (12-36 months) is full. We are currently accepting applicants for our waiting list.

For more information and to be added to our waiting list, contact admissions@wmsde.org.

Step-by-Step Application & Enrollment Process

Step 1: Parent Visit

Prospective parents are invited and encouraged to tour the school and observe classes. Please schedule a private tour of WMS 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 email once your application and fee have been received. Families with children applying to kindergarten through eighth grade will also receive a Record Request form and a teacher recommendation form (for kindergarten or grades 1-8). 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 (12 months - 3 years) and Primary (ages 3-6) Programs: Prospective parents and students meet privately with a Toddler or Primary teachers for an informal discussion of classroom procedures, expectations and objectives.

Applicants to Grades 1-8: Prospective Elementary and Middle School students visit for a full school day (8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. for grades 1-6 or 8 a.m. - 3:15 p.m. for grades 7 and 8). Parents are scheduled for an interview with the Assistant Head of School. 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.

Note: Applications for first-round financial aid decisions for the 2019-20 school year were due on January 7, 2019.

Additional applications will be considered in the order they are received, based on remaining funds. Please contact Barb Trotto 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 Admissions 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 non-refundable deposit.

Contact Our Admissions Team

Email: Admissions@wmsde.org
Phone: 302-475-0555

Statement of Policy

WMS does not discriminate in the administration of its admissions and educational policies, financial aid programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, citizenship, creed, ancestry, gender, age, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, veteran’s status or any other category protected by state and/or federal laws. This statement applies to all students and employees of the school.


Schedule a tour anytime!

Starting in September (rolling) - Submit your application.


Starting in October (rolling) - Schedule a family interview and school visit.


November 1 - Financial Aid application for the 2019-20 school year opens.

January 7 - Financial Aid Application Deadline (for first-round awards)
Note: Applications submitted after this deadline will be reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis based on remaining FA funds.


January 11 - Current families: WMS sibling application deadline


January 25 - Prospective families: All admissions application materials due for first-round offers for the 2019-20 school year.


February 15 - Re-enrollment deadline for current WMS families.