Preschool – 5th Grade Admissions

Admissions Criteria

Preschool Readiness
Admission consideration is given to students who turn 3 years old by September 1st, are completely toilet trained and able to verbally express wants and need. Admission is based on assessment of readiness from a personal interview session, class visit and discussion with the parents.

Kindergarten Readiness
For eligibility to our Kindergarten program, in addition to the preschool criteria above, students must be 5 years old by September 1st. Additional readiness criteria include the ability to concentrate and follow directions, cooperate with adults and other children, and demonstration of age-appropriate motor skills.

Elementary Eligibility
Entry to Elementary School is based on social, emotional and academic readiness. This includes student performance at or above grade level in all academic areas, satisfactory scores on standardized exams (if applicable) and a record of good conduct.

1. Tours

In order to fully appreciate and understand the philosophy of our Preschool/Kindergarten Program for young learners, we ask applicants and their parents to meet with our Director of the Program, Hema Walker.

Our Director of Admissions, Benná Dimig, will arrange tours and class visits for Elementary families and can assist you with questions about the Elementary Program.

We require that all applicants receive a School Tour. Families view the three campus areas and learn about the mission and history of our school, parent participation, the overview of programs at all levels, transportation, assessments and the admissions process.

To schedule your tour, please fill out our online form or call Benná Dimig at 408-847-2717 (x242). If you must leave a message, please include your name, your child’s name and grade, and a phone number with best times to reach you.

2. Application

Apply online – complete the form in its entirety.

Application Deadlines

DECEMBER 11, 2017 – Early Admission Consideration
The early admission period is primarily for siblings of current MMS students. This application period is open for applications to only those grades for which we know we have openings in Fall 2019.* All application materials, including confidential reports and supporting documents must be submitted by this deadline. Interviews will be scheduled after this date. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in January 2018. This early application period is for families considering MMS as their primary choice. If accepted for admission during this time, you will be required to sign a binding agreement. If you are considering two or more schools, or have a young preschooler not yet 3 years old by September 1, 2018, we ask that you please apply during the Regular Admissions period.

FEBRUARY 26, 2018 – Regular Admissions
We will review applications for all grades during this time. All application materials, including confidential reports and supporting documents must be submitted by this deadline (interviews may be scheduled after this date). If applicable, please also submit financial assistance documents by this date. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in March 2018.

MARCH 26, 2018 – Late Admissions
We will continue to review applications for all grades for which we have openings. All application materials, including confidential reports and supporting documents must be submitted by this deadline. Interviews will be scheduled after this date. If applicable, please also submit financial assistance documents by this date. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in April 2018.

ROLLING ADMISSIONS
Applications received after the March 24, 2018, deadline will be evaluated and admission offered on a space available basis after April 2018. The deadline for submission during rolling admissions is the 20th of each month (i.e., April 20, May 20, June 20, 2018).

3. Confidential Report(s)

We request one confidential form for Preschool & Kindergarten, and two for Elementary School. If your child has been in a previous preschool or school program, give the Confidential Report Form(s) to your child’s most current teachers with a stamped envelope addressed to:

Admissions Office
Mount Madonna School
491 Summit Road
Mount Madonna, CA 95076

4. Next Steps

Interviews
The Admissions Committee will review all applications upon receipt of the completed Application and Confidential Report Forms. If the applicant meets the admissions criteria, you will be contacted to schedule an interview for your student.

Decision Letters and Wait Pools
The Admissions Committee will review all applicant information. You will then receive written notification letting you know of the committee’s decision. If space is not available at the time you have applied and your student has met the admissions criteria, you may request that your application be kept active and you will be notified when space is available.

Thank you for your interest in Mount Madonna School.
We look to forward to meeting you and your child.

Mount Madonna School’s open admission and financial assistance policies do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual preference, ethnic origin, disability, marital status, religion, creed or similar factors. This policy applies to all areas of student concerns: admissions, athletics, educational policies, financial assistance, and other school administered programs.