The Admissions Process

SIBLING APPLICATIONS ARE DUE DECEMBER 1, 2016. 

The admissions process begins September 2016 and ends March 2017. Our online application will be available beginning September 1, 2016.

There are three steps to completing the process: 

Step 1 - Application & Open House: Complete an online application, submit the $40 application fee, and email a photo of your child to jadamo@morningsidemontessori.org. Please RSVP for one of our fall Open Houses as well. 

Step 2 - Parent Tour: Once we have processed your online application, we will contact you to schedule a Parent Tour.

Step 3 - Child Visit: Once you have toured our school, you will be able to schedule your child visit. 


Step 1: Application & open house

  1. Complete an online application and submit the $40 application fee.
  2. Email a photo of your child to jadamo@morningsidemontessori.org.
  3. RSVP for one of our fall Open Houses: Thursday, October 20, Wednesday, November 9, or Tuesday, November 29. All Open Houses begin at 6:30 PM.

Step 2: parent tour

There are many aspects of Morningside Montessori School (MMS) that my husband and I value. Indeed, MMS was our first and frankly only choice when deciding on suitable Montessori schools for our daughter. MMS is deserving of a multitude of accolades from the excellent teaching program to the dynamic and warm community spirit that is fostered throughout . The West class teachers worked with our family to facilitate an environment where our daughter could develop and realize her full potential. To this day our daughter still refers to Wendy as her `favorite teacher’ and fondly recalls memories of the 3 formative years spent at MMS. MMS helped to lay the foundation for our daughter to progress into Kindergarten with ease and confidence and gave her the necessary skills to continue to flourish.
— Kanisha D., Alumni Parent

Our Parent Tours are for prospective parents who have completed an online application and submitted the $40 application fee. Our Admissions Director, Julie Sutera-Adamo, will contact you to schedule a tour once your application has been processed. (Please note: Children may not accompany parents for the Parent Tour.)

Our tours are facilitated by current Morningside Montessori School (MMS) parents, which enables prospective families to glean insight from the perspective of our parent body.

Tours take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the months of November and December. We also offer one tour per week during the months of January and February. 

The entire visit lasts approximately 1 - 1.5 hours, with the tour taking 30-45 minutes. After the tour, prospective parents convene for 30-45 minutes to ask questions and learn more about MMS from our Acting Executive Director, Nour M. Goda and Admissions Director, Julie Sutera-Adamo.

We encourage you to peruse our website prior to touring our school, as it includes helpful information about our philosophy, programs, and faculty.


Step 3: child visit

The Child Visit is the final step of the admissions process. After you have toured our school, we will invite you to schedule your visit. In order to accommodate the many applications we receive each year, we provide individual morning visits and afternoon group visits. We make every effort to accommodate all applicants.

Individual morning visits take place between 10:30am and 11:45am. These visits are designed for the youngest of applicants, those applying to our toddler program, who more than likely are still napping midday. The visit lasts 15 minutes, during which your child will be able to explore our toddler classroom with one of our teachers. 

Afternoon group visits take place between 12:45pm and 1:15pm. Approximately 5 - 6 children are invited to explore our Montessori materials in the classroom as our teachers interact with them. The visit consists of free work time and circle time. During free work time, parents are asked to sit back as much as possible and allow their children to explore. Parents may join in during circle time. When it is time to say goodbye, each child receives a farewell sticker and says goodbye. 

There is nothing you need to do to prepare for the Child Visit. Our mission is to work together with families to support each child, so we are interested in the whole family's wants and needs when considering fit. The Child Visit is an opportunity for your family and our school to observe how easily your child navigates our environment and how comfortable s/he feels in our space. 


Admissions Notifications

Morningside Montessori School is a member of the Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York (ISAAGNY), and as such, follows their timeline for admissions notifications. 

Applicants who apply by January 9, 2017 will receive an admissions decision via email on Wednesday, March 1. The reply deadline is Friday, March 10 before noon. 

Sibling and legacy applicants must apply no later than December 1, 2016. Admissions decisions for sibling and legacy applicants are sent via email by Friday, January 20. The reply deadline is Friday, January 27. 

Applicants who apply after January 9, 2017 will receive admissions decisions on a rolling basis, contingent upon the number of spaces we have available in our programs. 

ISAAGNY IS A NON-PROFIT ASSOCIATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD AND ONGOING SCHOOLS THAT GREW OUT OF THE NEED TO CLARIFY THE PROCESS OF APPLYING TO INDEPENDENT SCHOOLS AND MAKE THE TRANSITION BETWEEN SCHOOLS EASIER FOR APPLICANTS AND THEIR FAMILIES. 

ISAAGNY SERVES ITS MEMBER SCHOOLS BY SETTING GUIDELINES ON MATTERS OF COMMON INTEREST, SUCH AS NOTIFICATION DATES, AND CONDUCTING WORKSHOPS TO INCREASE PROFESSIONALISM AND ENCOURAGE COOPERATION AMONG SCHOOLS.


Sibling and Legacy Policy

As an ISAAGNY school, Morningside Montessori School participates in the Early Notification option for sibling and legacy candidates. These candidates are evaluated according to the same criteria as all other applicants and must follow many of the same procedures.

Morningside Montessori School believes that our families help make our community strong; sibling and legacy applicants who meet our admission criteria can be reasonably assured that a space will be offered when applying.  Given that, our goal is to ensure the right match between an applicant and our school. The most important criteria for admission include that the applicant will be well served by our mission and program. Sibling and legacy families must actively pursue other school options for each applicant.

In order to be considered for early notification, all application materials must be received by the ISAAGNY deadline. Families who choose Early Notification receive notification sometime between mid-December and early January. Early Notification is contractually binding. If a child is accepted as an Early Notification candidate, then all applications to other Member Schools to which the child has applied as a regular candidate must be promptly withdrawn.  Parents will have until noon of the Early Notification Parent Reply Deadline to formally notify in writing their acceptance of the Early Notification contract.

In the case where an applicant qualifies, and the parents have opted for Early Notification at more than one Member School, upon receipt of Early Notification acceptance by any Member School, the parents shall be obligated to promptly withdraw all Regular Decision applications to other Member Schools. Parents will be granted the full Early Notification Parent Reply period to choose between the Early Notification acceptances.

Morningside Montessori School is committed to this early notification policy because we believe that families who know our community well understand the value of a Morningside education. As such, for the purpose of our Sibling and Legacy Application Policy, we use the following definitions:

Sibling:  Any child who is a sibling of a current or former Morningside Montessori School student.

Legacy:  Any child whose parent or guardian is either an alum or a current employee of Morningside Montessori School.


Non-Discrimination Policy

ISAAGNY member schools admit students of any race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin to all the rights and privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at their schools. Member schools do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships and loan programs, and athletic and other school- administered programs.