Wilmington Montessori School offers rolling admissions throughout the academic year. Applications are accepted and reviewed on an ongoing basis for programs with current openings.
Application materials for next school year must be submitted by January 26 for first-round decisions. We will continue to accept and review applications that are received after January 26, 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
- Step 2: Application
- Step 3: Parent Interview/Student Visit
- Step 4: Apply for Financial Assistance (Optional)
- Step 5: Notification
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 eighth grade will then receive a letter from WMS with a Release of Information 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.
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 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 1-8: Prospective Elementary and Middle School students visit for a full school day (8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Parents are scheduled for an interview with a lead teacher. During their visit, children will have a brief assessment with a staff member.
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 were due on January 5, 2018 for all families. Additional applications will be considered in the order they are received, based on remaining funds. Please contact Nancy Oddo, Business Manager, for more information about financing your child's education at Wilmington Montessori School.
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
For more information, contact Tiffany Harrison, Admissions Director, at 302-475-0555.
Wilmington Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, ancestry, gender or national origin in the administration of its Admissions and educational policies, financial aid programs, or athletic or other school-administered programs. This statement applies to all students and employees of the school.
Montessori is an education that fosters a life-long love of learning and curiosity. The skills that our children learn here will be the foundation for confidence and independent critical thinking instrumental in their future successes.