The Admissions Process: Step by Step

Step 1: Make an appointment to visit Gateway 
All prospective parents and their child are invited to attend an informational tour, the first Monday of the month at 4:00pm.

Dates for upcoming tours are scheduled for Fall 2019 and Winter 2020:

  • November 4th

  • December 2nd

  • February 3rd

  • March 2nd

This visit will provide more details about admissions and programs, and also give parents the opportunity to ask questions. Please call 773-539-3025 to have your name added to the visitors list.

This visit is a very important step in helping interested families make an informed decision when choosing a school for their child's early years.

Step 2: Submit application materials
Please complete the "Application for Admission" form and return with the non-refundable application fee of $50.00. Returning children's re-enrollment contracts are due in February.

Applications for interested families are welcome at any time and are processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Preferences are given to siblings and children with previous Montessori experience.

Updated tuition information is located within individual program pages. Please search the age group you are interested in for full and half day pricing.

Step 3: Receive notice of admissions decision
Admissions decisions are made in March and April by the Director and the teaching staff on the basis of several factors: Completion of all components of the application process, and the needs and openings of our classrooms.

Step 4: Return enrollment contract with tuition deposit 
When your child is invited to enroll at Gateway Montessori, return the signed Enrollment Contract and a family entrance fee to Gateway. Upon receipt of contract and family entrance fee, we will hold a place for your child in our program and you will be contractually obligated for the tuition.

Enrollment Waiting Pool
If your child is not offered a position in our program, you may wish to be placed in our waiting pool. We occasionally experience withdrawals and urge parents to remain in the waiting pool. Your family will be contacted as soon as a space becomes available.

Should you have any questions about our admissions process or wish to schedule a visit, please contact us.