Admissions Process

GACM has a rolling admission policy, which means we accept applications for our education programs throughout the year and accept children from 3-6 years of age all year long.

Step 1: Tour Our School/Classroom

Parents are encouraged to come and see our school before submitting an application. Learn about the Montessori method, meet our staff, observe our classroom, and have any and all of your questions answered. Tours 30 minutes long. PLEASE — No children present.

Step 2. Apply + Shadow

Once your completed application and non-refundable fee are received, a visit for your child will be scheduled. This visit typically consists of a 30 minute visit for you and your child in one of our classrooms. Your child will be invited to engage in Montessori activities and this is an opportunity for parents to observe their child in the Montessori environment. This visit is not an interview of the child and does not include any testing. It is a way to familiarize the child with the school and for both the parents and the school to ensure GACM is the best fit for your family. The Director will request further information from family if necessary.

PLEASE — No siblings or other children present unless siblings are candidates.

Step 3. Enrollment Offer

We aim to enroll families who are committed to a Montessori education and who wish to be part of the community. The student’s application, classroom visit, and teacher observations help our trained staff and experienced Board accept, decline or defer admission. Enrollment contracts are offered on a rolling basis, year-round.

A signed contract and tuition deposit must be received to secure your student’s spot in the classroom. Once received, new family orientation information will be sent. 

Although enrolled, all financial and documentation requirements (including signed parent handbook, additional request for records, VDSS required forms, etc.) must be received 24 hours prior to child attending school.

Along with your enrollment contract, you will also receive an invoice for the fees.

In case of a waitlist
When a space becomes available, an applicant in the waiting pool will be considered for that opening. Applications are accepted year-round.

Please keep in mind that in order to stay focused on the children currently attending GACM, the school does not offer school visits to prospective families when the school has no availability. Prospective families will be contacted to visit, if and when, there is a space for which to apply.

If a space does not become available by January, all wait listed families are given first priority to register for the upcoming school year at that time. Families who do not register for the following school year are removed from the waitlist and wait lists do not carry over from year to year.

Glen Allen Community Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It doesn't discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.