Kindergarten, 1st – 8th Grade Charter School Enrollment Procedures
The goal of the KMS admissions process is for parents to receive a complete understanding of the educational philosophy and operating procedures of the school, and for the classroom teachers to gain an understanding of the unique interests, talents and challenges of the applying student.
Enrollment in the Khalsa Montessori School should be viewed as a long-term commitment. To receive the full benefits of a Montessori education, children should be allowed to complete the multi-age, full three or four – year cycles of the Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School classrooms.
Positions at the Khalsa Montessori School become available in June for the Summer Session and in mid-August for the School Year. Openings rarely become available at other times during the year. The enrollment and placement process for the coming school year and Summer program begins in March and is generally completed by May. Though openings may become available for the school year during the summer, it is best to place your child on the waiting list before February 1st to assure your consideration before classroom enrollment is filled.
- Review the Khalsa Montessori School website
Those who inquire about the school will be encouraged to view all pertinent school information online at khalsamontessori.org.
- School Tours
Parents may meet with the school’s admissions director for a tour of the school and an opportunity to learn more about the school and the Montessori Method. As a note, school tours are intended for parents only. Upon completion of a tour, parents are encouraged to make an appointment spending at least a full morning observing one or more of our classrooms.
- Application and Wait List
To apply for enrollment at Khalsa Montessori, parents should fill out the K-8 Charter Wait List Application and return it to the school office. Acceptance is on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants are placed in order according to the date and time the application is received, except for previously enrolled students who will be given priority over new students.
If no positions are currently available, receipt of the application places the child on the current year or coming year wait list. Parents will be contacted as soon as an opening becomes available. Wait lists are kept by grade according to the age of the child, using September 1st as the cut-off date (age 5 before September 1st for kindergarten, for example). The wait list opens the third Thursday of July and does not roll over from year to year.
Once a position becomes available, parents will be given a Pre-enrollment Form. This form offers the family a position for their student in KMES. Families must complete the form and return it as the first step of enrollment. Once the Pre-enrollment Form is received families are required to submit the Arizona Proof of Residency Form, the PHLOTE Form, proof of identity (such as a birth certificate) and an immunization record for the student. The final step for enrollment is to complete the Enrollment Form and submit the optional Activity Fee Form. Completion of the Student Records Request is requested at this time.
After enrollment forms have been received a student placement assessment will be scheduled. The student is assessed for program readiness and entry level. Once the assessment is complete parents will be notified of classroom assignment.
To enroll the student, parents must complete an enrollment packet within the designated time frame, which includes the Enrollment Form, Request for Student Records, Parent Agreement, and other forms. The Parent Agreement indicates the parent’s understanding and acceptance of the school’s educational philosophy and method, including the student behavioral policy.
- School Year Registration
Parents will receive the Registration Packet which includes all remaining required forms to complete enrollment at school year registration in July. School year registration is required of all families to hold a child’s position.