Each year, the school budgets a percentage of tuition revenue to be allotted to provide tuition assistance to families. For 2010-2011, this percentage was set at 2%.
If you would like to apply for Tuition Assistance, please inquire at the office prior to April 15th.
2012-2013 Tuition Payment Options
Tuition is due in full by September 1, 2012. Families are given the option of choosing one of three payment plans outlined below, the standard plan is the quarterly plan.
All payments are processed through Smart Tuition Management Services which administers payments made for the school. Payments may be made by check or automatic debit directly to Smart Tuition. Reminder notices will be sent prior to the due dat and a late fee of $35.00 will be applied if payments aren't made on time.
- Quarterly Payment Plan: This is the standard plan. Payments are:
- August 1, 2012
- November 1, 2012
- February 1, 2013
- May 1, 2013
- Annual Payment Plan: Payment is due in full by September 1, 2012, a 1% discount is applied.
- Monthly (10) Payment Plan: Tuition is due on the 1st of the month beginning August 1, 2012 and continuing through June 1, 2013.
Registration for enrollment requires a refundable deposit equal to one month of the total family tuition amount. The registration fee represents a family’s commitment to enroll a child (or children) for the full school year.
The registration deposit is held on account until a child graduates or does not register for the following school year at CMS. The registration deposit is then returned to the family in July of the last year, after all accounts are clear.
The Admissions Process
The process involves these steps:
Montessori classrooms operate according to unique guidelines and principles. By spending 30 minutes in one of our classrooms you will begin to appreciate the value of the Montessori environment and experience for children. You will also come away with many questions.
2) Meeting with our Head of School (right after a classroom observation)
This is your opportunity to get answers to your questions and to hear a comprehensive presentation of the Montessori approach to education: what explains its uniqueness? What scientific research supports the Montessori approach? What can you expect for your child? How will it serve the long-term educational goals you have for you child?
3) Submitting an application (Download Application Form)
By submitting an application for admission you are signaling to CMS that your interest in enrolling your child is significant.
Upon completion of these steps we will consider your application for admission to the program. Admissions decisions are based on the following criteria:
- space availability
- maintaining balanced classrooms (age mix and gender)
- family understanding of and commitment to Montessori principles
- family commitment to the complete Montessori program (i.e. enrollment according to 3-yr cycles of development: 3-6, 6-9, 9-12. For the Toddler House program this is limited to the more narrow age range of that program, 18-36 months)
The CMS community encourages diversity within the student body, faculty, and administrative staff. In order to create an inclusive environment and prepare our children for a multicultural world, CMS welcomes all types of diversity, including, but not limited to, race, socioeconomic status, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, family structure, learning style, physical differences, and religion.
Tuition and Fees
Base Tuition for 2012-2013
- Half Day$6,950/year
- Full Day$9,600/year
- Half Day$5,500/year
- Full Day$7,800/year
- Full Day $8,300/year
NOTE 1: Primary Full Day attendance must be arranged in consultation with your child’s guide.
NOTE 2: If you require extended days for a child below the age of 5 please see the Extended Care program options, which are registered for separately. Toddler House Full Day is part of the Toddler House program, not the Extended Care program.