Enrolling in Montessori at Johnson
Call the school office at (480) 472-6800 to speak with the school’s registrar and indicate your interest in the Montessori Program.
The registrar will inform you of an opening or if there is a waiting list for that specific classroom. If there is a waiting list you may want to call the other Montessori schools to inquire if there is an opening for your child. If there is an opening at your preferred school the registrar will begin the District’s registration process and will also begin the specific Montessori enrollment process. You will receive (by e-mail or in person) a copy of the Handbook. Please read it over carefully.
Handbook and Observation
The registrar will inform the proper Montessori teacher who will call you to arrange an appointment to observe the classroom and then complete the observation questionnaire. It is very important to us that you begin developing a positive working relationship with your child’s perspective teacher as soon as possible. Please use this teacher as a resource in making this most important decision. All of our Montessori teachers are Montessori Certified, Highly Qualified, and know best their particular classroom dynamics and procedures.
This teacher will then work with you to set up a specific time for the classroom observation. During your observation your child will also be interviewed by a staff member to answer any questions and to help put your child at ease with their new experience. After approximately 30 minutes you will be asked to complete, sign and return a questionnaire that should take about 20 minutes to complete.
If you have any specific question please arrange a time to contact the teacher after the observation, because the teacher’s main responsibility for that time to attend to his/her classroom.
A Decision Is Made
The decision for your child to be accepted into the Montessori Program is a joint decision. The parties included in this decision are the parent, classroom teacher, building principal, and possibly the Program Director. If your child is accepted into the Program a final Parent Letter of Understanding is to be signed before the child will start. We will then hold a meeting at approximately the ninth week (or sooner if necessary) to share with you your child’s progress in the Program. In the Parent Handbook you will find a Success Record form that will be used to determine your child’s success along with the teacher observation, work samples and just an important your (the parents) impressions and assessment.Please feel free to download a copy of the Montessori Parent Handbook to look through and gain a broader understanding of the enrollment process. You will also be given a hard version of this document when you attend your classroom observation. The last few pages of the document include a question and answer section that must be filled out by the parent and given to the teacher prior to enrollment. These questions help us all determine the best placement for the student. Once the questionnaire if filled out and returned, a representative from Johnson Montessori will be in contact with you regarding enrollment procedures.
If you would like to know more about the Johnson Montessori Program you may all call us at (480) 472-6847.