“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.”
— Maria Montessori

Admissions & Enrollment

KMS Enrolls Students Who:

  • can communicate their needs
  • follow directions
  • dress themselves and use the toilet independently
  • demonstrate a basic level of independence and verbal skills
  • are at least 2.9 years old at the start of the academic year
Kennebec Montessori School Admission
Students who meet the requirements are enrolled on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority to returning students and siblings.* KMS reserves the right to make occasional exceptions to achieve an optimal educational environment which allows children to function in a classroom that provides “freedom within limits.” Children learn to explore the materials in the classroom while respecting self, others, and the environment.

The curriculum in an authentic Montessori classroom spans three years, therefore children who are enrolled around the age of three gain the maximum benefit from our program. Mid-year admission is also considered, space permitting. We do expect to have a waiting list, so please register early!

Getting Started

Start the easy admission process today by completing an online application. Once the application is processed, you will be contacted by KMS to schedule a visit and discuss the programs at KMS. You may then complete online enrollment forms available by email. Registration for new students begins at the Spring Open House. At that time you may secure your child’s spot by sending KMS your non-refundable security deposit of $275 or $300 depending on the program..

We also encourage you to schedule a classroom observation during a typical school day. This will help you decide if our school is a good fit for your child. Call 207-453-6055 with questions or to schedule a visit, or email us.

Tuition for 2020-21*

Primary Mornings (ages 3 and 4):

  • 3 – day (Mon-Wed 8:30 to 11:30) $ 4,147
  • 5 – day (Mon-Fri 8:30 to 11:30) $ 4,933
    Full-Day Primary (ages 3 and 4):

  • 3 – day (Mon-Wed 8:30 to 2:30) $ 5,616
  • 5 – day (Mon-Fri 8:30 to 2:30 ) $ 6,996

Extended Day (age 5 as of Oct.15):

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 2:30) $ 6,996

Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9)

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 3:00) $ 7,713

Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12)

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 3:00) $7,713

The security deposit/materials fee for Primary programs is $275, with the exception of Extended Day (our “Kindergarten”) program. The security deposit for Extended Day and Elementary programs is $300. The difference in the security deposit between levels allows us to purchase the necessary materials before the school year begins, and plan for these important aspects of the curriculum including field trips, speakers, and activities.

Registered Before and After Care

  • Available to enrolled students 7:15 – 8:20 and/or 2:30 – 5:30
  • Pre-registration rate is $4.50/hr, drop in rate is $8/hr
  • Monthly payment plans also available

Parent Participation

Our school is for parents, too! We encourage families to be actively involved in the school, which is an important part of the school’s success. The services and expertise that parents provide allow teachers and staff to focus on the children, and help offset some of the ever-rising costs associated with running a school. What parents get in return is invaluable—a way to be directly involved in their child’s school, as well as a chance to meet & get to know other KMS parents.

Each family is asked to contribute 20 hours of volunteer time as part of their enrollment commitment. Opportunities for volunteer activity include listening to emerging readers, driving on field trips, helping with publicity, assisting with our annual auction, cleaning up the grounds each spring and fall, and many other essential tasks.

Many of our parents enrich the classrooms with special presentations on their own cultural and religious traditions, occupations and/or special interests.

Scholarships

Our need-based Scholarship Program is open to any KMS student, and offers partial tuition assistance only. Recent awards have ranged from $500 to $1,000 per student. Applications are due March 31st and are done directly through SMARTTuition. Apply Now for further information about our program, please call 207-453-6055.

For information about other scholarships for early childhood education in Maine, visit www.mecsf.org.

Waiting List

If space is unavailable at the time of application, parents may place their child on our waiting list by completing the registration process and paying the waiting list fee of $25. Children on the waiting list will be offered enrollment on a first-come first-served basis, wherever possible. Occasional exceptions may be made with the goal of achieving an optimal educational environment. Priority may also be given to students with prior Montessori experience.

*The Kennebec Montessori School admits students regardless of race, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, and religion to all rights, privileges, and activities made available to the students of the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, sexuality or marital status in the administration of its educational policies, admission or hiring policies, and other school programs.
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I was impressed with every aspect of the school: the sophistication of the activities, the students’ rapt attention, the teachers’ wonderful explanations, and a general atmosphere of curiosity and interest in learning.

Prospective Parent

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I was impressed with every aspect of the school: the sophistication of the activities, the students’ rapt attention, the teachers’ wonderful explanations, and a general atmosphere of curiosity and interest in learning.

Prospective Parent

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Kennebec Montessori School
38 Sheridan Dr
Fairfield, ME 04937

P: 207-453-6055
E: info@kennebecmontessori.org

Hours:
Monday - Friday
7:15 AM - 5:30 PM

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