Thank you for your interest in Amelia Island Montessori School's programs! We know you have options as you seek the perfect place for your child. We consider it a privilege to be considered during your search.
Here at AIMS, we view the admissions process as an opportunity for families and the school to learn about each other. We are committed to bringing people together from a broad spectrum of ethnic, national and religious backgrounds. We welcome diversity and teach our children to broaden their perspectives of the world through friendships, mutual respect and understanding. Each application is carefully considered according to the prospective student’s individual talents and learning style.
The admissions process is outlined below:
STEP ONE: Parent(s) / guardian(s) gather information.
This step is intended to offer insight into the Montessori philosophy, as well as our school's history. Our current tuition/fees and school calendar can be found on our website, along with a lot of other relevant information.
STEP TWO: Parent(s) / guardian(s) schedule an information session and tour.
While we are first and foremost a place for children, this step is designed for adults only - giving us a chance to share as much as we can with each other during our short time together. At this time, we will learn about your child, and will also provide information about the Montessori philosophy, who we are as individuals and as a community. Parent(s) / guardian(s) will have the opportunity to see our method in action as all tours are scheduled during the morning work cycles. You can request a 30-minute tour here.
STEP THREE: Parent(s) / guardian(s) submit an application & (if applicable) request a records release / teacher recommendation from child's current school.
The application form is sent electronically after completing a tour of our campus. To apply, this form must be completed and returned to the Business Office, with a one-time, non-refundable fee of $100.00 and a copy of the child’s birth certificate. AIMS must receive the application plus all records from the child's current school (as applicable) in order for the process to advance.
STEP FOUR: AIMS schedules a student visit.
Once the application documents (from Step 3) have all been received and reviewed, and if space is available, AIMS will schedule a personal visit, which is an opportunity for the child to be in our classroom environment and to meet with a teacher. During this visit, the teacher will interact with the child, teach lessons and carefully observe the child (children under the age of 3 attend this visit along with a parent). Parent(s) / Guardian(s) may request an opportunity to meet again with the Head of School in order to answer any remaining questions at this same time.
Our school admission committee will review each application file and inform the parent(s) / guardian(s) of our decision within two (2) weeks of the student visit. This notification will occur by email to the parent(s) / guardian(s).
If a space is not available, the student may be placed in a wait pool and offered the option to proceed through the application process at a later date, which may even occur mid-year.
STEP FIVE: Enrollment paperwork is completed / submitted.
Accepted applicants will receive an enrollment contract and student registration forms. Parent(s) / guardian(s) must return all forms with the appropriate fees prior to the child's entrance start date. Please note that enrollment is conditional for the first six (6) weeks of attendance. If it has been determined that placement is not in the best interest of the child, the classroom or the school, tuition (less deposit and fees) will be prorated and may be refunded at the sole discretion of AIMS.