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How do I Apply for the Montessori Program?

We welcome students from all over the district who are interested in a Maria Montessori education.


Pre-K Lottery

The 2023-2024 Lottery application deadline was March 10, 2023.

To be eligible for the Pre-K Lottery at Montessori you must complete all of the following:

  • Complete an application at the RPS 205 Welcome Center (501 7th Street) between Monday, January 2, 2023 and Friday, March 10, 2023. Find application requirements.
  • Parent/Guardian must attend one mandatory orientation at the Montessori school. Dates and times are listed below.

Attend a Mandatory Orientation at Montessori

Date Time
Monday, February 27 10 a.m.
Wednesday, March 1 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 8 10 a.m.
Thursday, March 9 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 14 10 a.m.
Wednesday, March 15 1:30 p.m.


How Seats are Filled

A computerized, random lottery is run in April for students who applied and whose parent/guardian attended an orientation. Notification is by US mail after the lottery takes place.

As limited seats become available, they are filled from eligible students on the lottery waitlist.

Sibling Priority and prior experience

Sibling priority is given to students living in the same home as students who are already enrolled in the program (pre-kindergarten through 7th grade). If the only sibling attending Montessori is currently in 8th grade and will attend high school in the upcoming school year, sibling preference for the upcoming school year does not apply. Prior experience in a Montessori program is not considered for 4 year old Pre-K lottery, but is considered for students entering grades 2 and up, when the lottery waitlist merges with the ongoing interest list. Students must be enrolled in a Montessori program for the year prior to being offered a seat.

If the only sibling at Montessori is eligible for another special program through lottery or fall Kindergarten gifted testing and accepts the seat, sibling preference does not apply.


A lottery waitlist is created and each student is assigned a number. The lottery list is maintained through 1st grade.


Non-Lottery Application

An interest form will be posted here for those wishing to apply for the program Pre-K thru 8th grade after the lottery period closes on March 10, 2023. Interest forms are time stamped, and an interest list is maintained in this order. Interest form responses are considered after the lottery waitlist is exhausted. 

pre-k - grade 8 waitlist

*If a seat become available for your child in second grade and above, you will be contacted by the school to set up a student interview and family orientation. 

Have Questions?

Candice Collins 
Maria Montessori Principal

Sherry King 
Special Programs Coordinator