Admission

OUR LEARNING LASTS A LIFETIME

Hello! We’re happy you’re here!

And we’re looking forward to getting to know you! When you choose MSD, you choose an extraordinary experience for your children and your family.

We’re proud of our robust curriculum grounded in Montessori philosophy, and our programs include so much more – from the arts, to our urban farming program, to foreign language, to our “do-good” service program that touches all ages in meaningful ways.

We can’t wait to show you how what happens within the walls of our campus is the spark for our students that ignites an entire lifetime of reaching their full potential.

As you learn more about our school and community, we’re here to help! You can find information about our admission process, tuition and financial aid, and admission FAQs here. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions along the way. We can’t wait to meet you.

Linder Gendron & Jane Connard
The MSD Admission Team
admissions@msd-co.org
(303) 756-9441

Montessori School of Denver Admission Team: Jane Connard and Linder Gendron

MSD’s Admission Team: Jane Connard and Linder Gendron

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MSD Admission Process

We are thrilled to talk to families about Montessori School of Denver! You’ll find MSD’s Admission staff are friendly, available, and know the answer to just about any question you have about MSD. Your roadmap for our admission process is below – only 7 steps toward becoming a life-ready MSD graduate! Jump in and get started and let us know if you have any questions!

1: Inquire

The first step is to submit an Inquiry to help learn more about your student and answer your questions. Click here to get in touch!

2: Visit our Campus

A Montessori environment offers a unique educational experience that can only be truly appreciated by seeing it in action. Join us for an opportunity to visit the classrooms, explore outdoor learning spaces, and engage with teachers and students. Click here to RSVP for our Open House on Monday, March 11th from 4:00-5:30pm for Kindergarten-Middle School families. In addition, group tours will be held throughout the fall for 2024-2025 interest. Stay tuned!

3: Apply Online

Submit an online application ($150 non-refundable fee). A member of the Admission Team will reach out with all next steps. Note: 6th – 8th Grade applicants must also complete the Supplementary Student Application. The application deadline for the first round of admission for the 2024-2025 school year is Tuesday, January 9, 2024. The application deadline for siblings of current MSD students is Friday, November 17, 2023. We require all families to visit our campus (Step 2) prior to applying.

4: Submit Required Documents

As part of the online application, you will be asked to provide additional documents. Upload birth certificate, video and additional materials as applicable. Students who currently attend another educational setting are asked to provide Transcripts and Teacher Recommendation(s). Electronic transcript and recommendation requests can be sent directly from the checklist to be shared with MSD. All documents must be received by Friday, February 9, 2024. Your student’s application will be considered complete once materials are provided and Steps 5-7 are finalized.

5: Virtual Parent/Guardian Chat

When you enroll your child at MSD, your family joins an amazing community of parents committed to a successful partnership between school and home. We value that relationship and recognize the importance of getting to know you, as well as your child. A parent/guardian chat is required with a member of the MSD Admission Team to share more about your family and answer any additional questions. During this time, we are also available to answer and follow-up any questions you may have. Parent/Guardian Chats must be completed by Friday, February 16, 2024.

6: Student Visit

Student visits are required for all applicants, except Toddlers. These visits allow prospective MSD students to participate in classroom activities and engage with materials, peers and teachers. Student visits vary in length according to their applied program and are scheduled accordingly. A member of the Admission Team will reach out to schedule your visit, and should be completed by Friday, February 16, 2024.

Note: Primary and Kindergarten Visit Day will be held the morning of Friday, Feb 9, 2024.

7: Notification Dates

Notifications will be sent via email after 4pm on the following dates:

  • Toddler notification is Tuesday, March 12, 2024.
  • Primary through Fifth Grade notification is Friday, March 1, 2024.
  • Middle School notification is Friday, February 23, 2024.

All deadlines above are for the first round of admission consideration. Afterward, we will continue to accept applications year-round based on space availability. Admission is never guaranteed. 

    AFFORDING MSD

    Tuition

    At MSD, we strive to make tuition levels as accessible and affordable as possible. We offer several payment plan options, including monthly, semi-annual, and annual. Parents are obligated for the full year’s tuition, regardless of the type of payment schedule selected. Tuition insurance is also available. A non-refundable deposit is required, upon acceptance, to hold the student’s space at MSD. Click here for 2024-2025 tuition and billing info.

    Tuition Assistance (Financial Aid)

    We work to make MSD accessible to every child who wants to be a part of our community. See more about MSD’s Tuition Assistance (Financial Aid) here. To access the fillable 2024-2025 Tuition Assistance Request Form, click here.

    Montessori School of Denver students make origami hearts for Beehives | MSD Admissions
    Montessori School of Denver students make origami hearts for Beehives | MSD Admissions
    MSD Auction attendees participated in a paddle raise for playgrounds for many programs in spring 2022
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    Admission FAQs

    Frequently asked questions about our admission process

    What's the difference between a tour and an open house?

    Family-friendly open houses are held multiple times per year and are open to the public. If you haven’t attended an open house, our Admission team will schedule a parent-only tour with you. A Montessori environment is a unique educational experience that can be best appreciated by seeing it in action.

    Does MSD offer financial aid?

    Yes. We strive to make MSD as accessible and affordable to as many families as possible. Families applying to Kindergarten through Middle School can apply for financial aid (see Tuition Assistance/Financial Aid here).

    How is financial aid determined?

    Tuition Assistance is made on the basis of demonstrated need according to the guidelines of Financial Aid for Student Tuition (FAST), by Independent School Management (ISM), and the availability of funds. See Tuition Assistance for more information, including the tuition assistance informational brochure, request form, and deadlines.

    What are the birthday cutoffs?
    • Toddler applicants must be 2 years old by September 15 each year
    • Primary 1 applicants must be 3 by September 15
    • Primary 2 applicants must be 4 by September 15
    • Kindergarten students must be 5 by September 15
    What are the Parent/Guardian chats for?

    This is a time to connect with MSD staff 1:1! We want to learn more about you and your family and answer questions you may have.

    What are the Student Visits for?

    Our student visits allow prospective students to be able to participate in classroom activities and spend time with peers.  This is a valuable time to connect with the MSD learning spaces and teachers, work with other students, and engage with Montessori materials. These visits also allow your family to gain a sense of our community.

    I thought Montessori was just for preschool. How can I learn more?

    Dr. Montessori extended her approach to children of all ages, even up to the secondary (high school) level. The benefits of Montessori—the emphasis on independent learning, the warm, supportive community—continue to be important at each stage of development as children grow into lifelong learners and responsible citizens. Check out Montessori FAQs here or reach out to learn more.

    LEARN MORE

    MSD Programs

    Click on the images below to learn more about MSD’s academic programs.

    Montessori School of Denver Admissions to Toddler | Montessori Toddlers are 2-3 years old at MSD | MSD Toddler students plant, garden, and care for their environment

    Toddler

    Ages 2-3

     

    Our toddler village early learning environment is built for exploration and practical life skills; with a playground just their size, a garden area, and dedicated outdoor workspaces for each classroom. Learn more here.

    Montessori School of Denver Admissions to Kindergarten and Primary Programs | Primary Sensorial and Math in a Montessori Classroom

    Primary and Kindergarten

    Ages 3-6

     

    MSD Preschool and Kindergarten programs focus on helping students to make thoughtful choices, develop concentration, and engage in caring and purposeful interaction with their environment. Learn more here.

    Lower Elementary

    Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

     

    The MSD Lower Elementary program offers students a rich curriculum based on individual understanding that is challenging, collaborative, and interwoven with real world application. Learn more here.

    Montessori School of Denver Admissions to Lower Elementary or Grades 1-3

    Upper Elementary

    Ages 9-11, Grades 4-5

     

    MSD’s Upper Elementary program expands the rich curriculum to focus on confidence and achievement, reinforcing the importance of responsibility, service, ownership of knowledge, and integrity. Learn more here.

    Montessori School of Denver Admissions to Upper Elementary School or Grades 4 and 5 | MSD Upper Elementary students tend to the urban farm and garden | care for environment
    Montessori School of Denver Admissions to Middle School | Montessori Middle School Science

    Middle School

    Ages 11-14, Grades 6-8

     

    We have designed every facet of our Middle School curriculum with smart, compassionate emphasis on social-emotional growth; strong, core academics; and a global education at the forefront. Learn more here.

    Montessori School of Denver Specials Classes include Music and Theater among others | MSD Middle School students perform Willy Wonka Jr. for the MS Play | Montessori Middle School

    Specials

     

    MSD’s Specials program enriches the already robust Montessori curriculum and school culture, providing students a more rounded education. Specials classes are in addition to regular classroom studies and include physical education, music and theater, art, Spanish, library sciences, and handcraft. Our Urban Farm program is also part of our Specials program. Learn more here.