Note: While LMS' campus is closed during this unprecedented time as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, the admission team can offer virtual opportunities in-order for you to get a sense of our campus and classrooms.
Touring our campus will give you a sense of LMS and of the difference of a Montessori education. With current parents or school staff as tour guides, you can ask as many questions as you want, while seeing and learning about our campus. If school is in session during your tour, you will be given a chance to observe in a live classroom.
Tours are offered year round at LMS. To schedule a tour, simply call us at (781)862-8571.
During the school year, tours and observations are scheduled for 9:15 and 10:00, Monday - Friday. During the summer, tours can be scheduled throughout the day, Monday through Friday. A tour and classroom observation usually take about one hour.
Admission applications are more detailed than your inquiry form and let us know about your child or children. This is another step in the admission process, as we get to know you and you get to know us.
Other written Forms: For children attending a pre-school, daycare or elementary school when they apply, we ask for their current teacher to complete a form. This standard form (from the Association of Independent Schools of New England – AISNE) is part of the application packet. Parents sign a release for the teacher to complete the form and send it directly to LMS. For Elementary and Middle School applicants, we also require the previous 2 year's school records/report cards along with the current school report card.
When we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule an interview with one of our admission staff (typically Aimee Randall, Director of Enrollment). This is an opportunity for an exchange of information where we can learn about what are you looking for in a school for your child and, in turn, we can tell you more about what LMS has to offer. These conversations usually take about an hour, and any decision-making parents are required to attend.
*Note: During this extended school closure as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic, virtual visits will be offered.
All candidates except for toddler applicants come to visit the school and spend some time in one of our classrooms. Not only does this give us a chance to see how your child interacts with the environment, but it gives the child a chance to experience the classroom. For pre-school, kindergarten and first and second grade children, a teacher engages one-on-one with your child, showing Montessori materials and getting to know them. For the older children, teachers do some math and language activities to get a sense of their level in each. Third through sixth grade applicants also spend a half day in a classroom to experience the rhythm of the day, and have a “buddy” student who shows them around. During that time, a teacher works with the applicant in some language and math areas to get sense of their level in each. Middle school applicants visit for a full day, which includes an academic assessment with a teacher.
We offer scheduled dates and times for the child visits from pre-school through grade 6 for working one-on-one with teachers; we have a variety of days for classroom visits, which you can get by calling our admission office at 781-862-8571.
LMS is no ordinary school. It is a community where children learn to be themselves, learn to be friends...all while learning how to learn, and engage in the world around them. -LMS alum parent
Our admission season each year officially opens on October 1, but we would love to hear from you at any time to set up appointments and answer any questions you may have. The first round application deadline is January 17, 2020, and we notify all families who complete their application by the deadline with the admission decision on March 10. After March 10, applications are received on a rolling basis. We try to notify families within two weeks once the applicant's file is complete.
Please contact the admission office for more details at 781-862-8571.
The short answer: yes. The longer answer: Making the decision for your child to attend a Montessori school is an important one, one that takes time and research. To fully understand what Montessori and LMS are all about, we do require that both parents attend a full campus tour, sit in a classroom and observe, and interview with a member of the admission staff. We are sensitive to the fact that this can take time and that families are busy; however, it will be time worth spending.
If the application is submitted by the due date, and the admission process is completed by mid-February, we will mail you our decision on March 10, the day that all AISNE schools agree on as their notification date. If your application is submitted after the due date, we will try our best to complete the process for notification by March 10, but cannot guarantee it.
We also are happy to process applications off-cycle; you will be notified with the admission decision in about two weeks once your child's file is complete.
If there is no availability in your child's level at the time of the admission notification, your child will be added to the "wait pool" and we will alert you if a space does open up.
Lexington Montessori School admits qualified students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or any other status protected by applicable law, and extends to them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, mental or physical disability, or any other status protected by applicable law in the administration of its admissions, scholarships, and loans, and its educational, athletic, and other programs.
The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the School’s non-discrimination policies, including its Title IX policy:
Name: Kathleen Little
Title: Director of Finance and Operations
Office Address: Lexington Montessori School, 130 Pleasant Street, Lexington, MA 02421