THE
VILLA MONTESSORI SCHOOL
ADMISSIONS AND PARENT RESOURCES

Admissions Information & Procedure

Admissions Information & Procedure

With our year-round enrollment process, we are always accepting applications for new students/families based on availability. Admission to our program requires a family tour of the school.

Please call us to arrange your tour at (309) 764-7047.

Admissions Policies

Students are selected for admission to the school based on academic potential, developmental maturity, school achievement, diversity and gender balance, readiness for the school's program, and appropriateness of the match between the family and the school.  All new families enrolling at Villa Montessori School are required to be current on their vaccinations or provide a delayed vaccination schedule indicating dates vaccinations are to be recieved that has been approved and signed by a Medical Doctor.

Where appropriate, testing is used as a tool to provide information to assist in the assessment of each candidate. In all cases, the school retains the right to determine, in its sole discretion, whether or not to select a student for admission or to re-enroll a student.

It is the policy of the school not to discriminate based on race, sex, gender expression, religion, national origin, ancestry, or physical or mental disability which is unrelated to the ability to work or enjoy the benefits of the school's programs, facilities, or services.

Tours:

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR VISIT

  • Welcome
  • Ages & Stages Questionnaires Completed By Parents/Guardians & VMS Staff
  • Visit with a member of our Administrative Team
  • School and Classroom Tour
  • Discuss Next Steps and Answer any Remaining Questions

Choosing a school to fit your child and family’s needs is a big decision. We are happy to help every step of the way.

Scheduling options

The high quality, nurturing, educational experience you can expect from Villa Montessori School is available 7:00am - 5:30pm, Monday-Friday, year-round.

Children are welcome to be scheduled to be dropped off anytime between 7:00am - 8:30am.

Available pick-up times for children in the Infant, Toddler, and Pre-Primary programs include 11:45am, or any scheduled time between 3:30pm - 5:30pm. Available pick-up times for children in the Primary program include 12:00pm, or any scheduled time between 3:30 - 5:30pm. As we offer half-day scheduling, school lunches are not included in the tuition rates listed.

Villa Montessori School
Villa Montessori School

Minimum Attendance Requirements

In order to facilitate a child's development of relationships with staff and their own unique routine at Villa Montessori School, minimum attendance requirements have been determined through a collaborative effort of staff, families, and our governing board. A minimum attendance schedule of at least 5 mornings per week (8:30am - 11:45am) is required for Infant, Toddler, and Pre-Primary students. A minimum attendance of at least 5 mornings per week (8:30am - 12:00pm) is required for Primary students. For full day schedules, a minimum of 4 full days (8:30am - 3:30pm) per week is required for all age groups.

We are more than happy to discuss scheduling options with families to find an option that would work best.

For information for our school closure dates click on link below.

Programs

Infant, Toddler, Pre-Primary | 6 Weeks – 3 Years

Research tells us a child's brain is 80% developed by age 3 and that appropriate, active stimulation is vital to a child's brain development during the first three years of life. A visit to our infant and toddler program will reaffirm this fact! This is an age where the seeds of independence are planted and nurtured: from taking those first steps to learning how to politely ask for a drink of juice to mastering the skill of buttoning a button or zipping a zipper!

Don't confuse Villa Montessori's 0-3 year old programs with other "child care" programs in the community. . .take a closer look, because our quality and educational emphasis set us apart from all the rest!

  • The emphasis is on motor, social and speech development as our youngest students learn, grow and explore at their own pace.
  • The environment is developed specifically for their needs with large, low windows and child-sized tables, chairs, and other furnishings.
  • Specific activities are designed to allow the child to: develop fine motor (pre-writing) skills, increase the child's vocabulary, and develop coordination and strength.
  • Curiosity and gross motor skills are encouraged through free exploration of the classroom-children are never confined by playpens, walkers, high chairs, bumbo chairs, or bouncy seats.
  • Foreign language and music are introduced to even the youngest students.

Primary | 3 Years – 5 Years

The Montessori philosophy is recognized worldwide as an exceptional method of education for preschool aged children. Why is it so highly regarded? Take a look at the primary age groups at VMS and you'll discover why. Only Villa Montessori offers these benefits and more:

  • A solid foundation is provided for the 3-to-5 year old, with an emphasis on respect, independence, self-discipline and the development of individual strengths within a structured learning environment.
  • Our primary math, reading, foreign language and science curricula prepare students to reach higher levels of achievement when they reach elementary school.
  • An individualized learning plan ensures that your child receives exactly what he/she needs to succeed and at their own unique pace.
  • An emphasis is placed on the process of the activities, not the product created - so a natural love of learning is allowed to develop along with increased retention.

Elementary | Kindergarten – 6th Grade

Your child's academic achievement is a priority at Villa Montessori School. Children are able to succeed at each level because our curriculum is not bound to a particular textbook. The teacher will use the techniques and materials needed to help your child succeed based on your child's abilities.

Our comprehensive curriculum flows logically from one level to the next. Children will demonstrate mastery of an academic skills before they may progress to the next level of difficulty. Problem solving and time management skills are integrated into the everyday school environment. Courtesy, respect and responsibility are not just encouraged, they are expected of each child. For the best educational foundation possible, you owe it to yourself - and your child - to consider Villa Montessori School.

  • Our curriculum allows hands-on exploration including practical living skills, sensorial, math, language, history, sciences, art, music, foreign language, and perceptual motor development.
  • An all-day program from 8:30am to 3:30pm each day offers a variety of enrichment activities within a familiar environment including everything from swimming to Junior Achievement.
  • A Montessori education helps students develop an inner desire to strive for excellence.
  • Courtesy, respect, and responsibility are not just encouraged - they are expected of each child.
  • Low student to teacher ratios allow for individualized attention and an environment that allows each child to reach his/her highest potential at their own pace.
  • A curriculum that emphasizes strong academic skills, encouragement for students to develop into well-rounded, courteous, responsible individuals. Time management and problem solving skills are fostered.

Tuition Rates

Our tuition is billed based on age group. Please be sure to see our scheduling options/minimum attendance requirements  and contact us with any questions we might be able to help with.  The tuition rates listed below are effective January 1, 2020 and subject to change.

  • Infant & Toddler | 6 Weeks – 2.5 Years | $8.00/Hour
  • Pre-Primary | 2 Years – 3.5 Years | $7.52/Hour
  • Primary | 3 Years – 5 Years | $7.19/Hour
  • Elementary | Kindergarten – 6th Grade | $599.06/Month*
  • Elementary core class time is Monday through Friday, 8:30 AM-3:30 PM. Before and after school care is available at an hourly rate of $5.95 per hour for any time before or after core class time. Before and after school care is taught by our professional, highly qualified staff in a Montessori setting.
    Elementary students will also have the opportunity to participate in special events and field trips throughout the year. These special events and field tours can include swimming, Junior Achievement, workshops with the Figge and Putnam Museums, and field trips to local educational attractions such as Bald Eagle Days, the QC Botanical Gardens and more.
    *Please be sure to learn more about our "Grow With You" credit applied to elementary tuition that significantly reduces elementary tuition based on the number of years your child has attended VMS.
  • Please call for more information regarding available discounts including:  Sibling, Full-Time, Military, and Corporate discounts as well as our “Grow-with-you” credit (which can result in your child's VMS Elementary tuition being almost FREE

Additional Resources

The videos below and links provided below contain a wealth of information related to education, child development, safety, and more. Feel free to send us a note or let us know if there are any additional resources you might find helpful to share with others as we would be happy to include them.

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child
Science of Early Childhood Development

Harvard University
Center on the Developing Child

Skills for Life and Learning

TEDxEducation
Sir Ken Robinson

Bring on the Learning Revolution!