In order to facilitate the application process, we have prepared a list of frequently asked questions, below.
How do I enroll my child(ren) in the Baltimore Montessori Public Charter School?
In order to be considered for admission, parents or guardians need to submit a completed application form (click here) for each child. In the likely event that the number of applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, a lottery will be held to randomly determine the allocation of available spots. In accordance with the policies of the Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS), priority is given to siblings of currently enrolled students.
Who is eligible to participate in the lottery?
At this time, we are accepting applications for students aged 3 (by September 1, 2016) through 13 (8th grade) who live in Baltimore City. Students enrolled in our elementary school will automatically be given preference into our middle school program. Proof of Baltimore City residence will be required of all students
How many spots will there be for the academic year 2016-2017?
Since we do not know the exact number of siblings expected to enroll, or how many current students will choose not to re-enroll, we cannot predict how many offers of admission we will be able to make for the upcoming year.
When is the lottery held? How is it conducted?
The lottery will be held at Baltimore Montessori on Thursday, February 18th at 9:30 am . During the lottery, names will be drawn at random, by grade, with spaces offered in the order of names drawn. When the capacity for each grade level is reached, the remaining applicants will be assigned a position on the wait list based on the random order in which they were drawn. If there are no spaces available in a particular grade, names will be drawn directly for the wait list. The lottery is open to the public and is overseen by a representative of BCPSS.
What if one of my children is offered admission, but the other is not?
In keeping with the policies of the BCPSS, siblings are given priority, and we make every effort to keep families together. If one of your children enrolls in the school, the other will move up on the wait list.
What is the deadline for submitting an application? Does it matter when I submit my application?
Applications are available on our website. Please make sure all information is entered correctly as we are not responsible for errors or inaccuracies. The school office must receive all applications by 4:00 pm on Friday, February 12th, 2016. Whether the application is received first or last has no bearing on wait list order. All applications received by the deadline are treated equally. Applications received after this deadline will be added to the wait list in the order that they are received, after the lottery is held. Only one entry per applicant is permitted and duplicate entries will be discarded.
When/how will I be notified of the lottery results?
Applicants will be notified via email of their lottery results no later than February 29th.
If my child is not offered a spot this year, do we retain the same position on the waiting list for next year, or will we need to reapply?
At the end of the year, interested families who are still on the wait list will need to reapply and participate in the following year's lottery.
Is it possible to schedule a classroom observation?
Due to the volume of applicants, we cannot schedule classroom observations at this time. We strongly encourage all interested families to attend one of our Open Houses.
Are there more public charter schools in Baltimore City?
Yes. There is a list of current and proposed charter schools on the BCPSS website.
What is Montessori?
The Montessori philosophy embraces the whole child and his natural curiosity and love of learning. Children will reach their full potential both academically and socially when given the freedom to actively work with concrete, sequential materials within a carefully prepared environment and open-ended curriculum. Teachers/parents provide enough guidance to help children work toward independence and self-discipline. A multi-age classroom provides maximum opportunities for developing social and academic skills and modeling respectful behavior. You can find more information about Montessori here.
If you have further questions about the application or lottery process, please contact the main office (410-528-5393) or our Enrollment Coordinator, Monica Donnelly: email@example.com. Again, we thank you for interest and consideration.