The vast majority of our elementary students have come through our preschool program. From time to time, however, we are able to enroll elementary students who are transferring from other schools. Because the transfer of a student from a traditional educational environment to a Montessori classroom can sometimes be tricky, there is a detailed process in place:
- First, the director and teaching staff must determine the availability of an additional "spot" based on the impact that an additional student would have on the dynamic of the learning environment.
- We may request past records (both academic and behavior), speak to previous teachers/principals, and/or ask to see samples of current student work.
- Finally, we sometimes invite students into one of our classrooms for a portion of a day, or a whole day, so that the teacher may work one-on-one with the child to determine placement in a Montessori classroom, as well as see the social interactions of a new child into the established group. It is vital to the Montessori classroom that there is a good "fit" for all parties involved.
- Once we have gathered all pertinent information, we will be able to make the decision that is best for the community.