How to Apply

How to Apply

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“Our family absolutely loves the school. Our daughter does not merely endure her education she thrives in it. Thank you, SC Montessori!.”—SCM Parent

Santa Cruz Montessori balances classes as much as possible by age and gender. Except for the Young Children’s Community serving children from 18 months through 3 years, all classes are structured in three-year age spans. Our Primary preschool program is for 3- to 6-year-olds; Lower Elementary serves 6- to 9-year-olds (grades 1 to 3); Upper Elementary is for 9- to 12-year-olds (grades 4 to 6); and our Junior High program is for 12- to 15-year-olds (grades 7 to 9).


Applications for admission are available in the office or as PDF files, and are accepted at any time during the year. We accept applications for children at all age levels, including those who are still too young to enroll. Applications are kept on file and your child is added to our waiting list; it is not necessary to resubmit an application every year. Parents who have an application on file are notified as potential openings occur. If space allows, we admit qualified students at any time during the school year. A $50 nonrefundable application fee is due when an application is submitted.

Application Forms (Please complete online.)

SCM Application – Young Children’s Community & Primary (Ages 18 months-6 years)

SCM Application – Elementary (Ages 6-12)

SCM Application – Junior High (Ages 12-15)


Parents on the waiting list are notified when an opening arises. At that time, a meeting is scheduled with the program coordinator to discuss the school’s mission and policies, and to answer any additional questions you may have. The classroom teacher will then contact you to set up a time to bring your child after school to get acquainted. There is an added opportunity for Elementary and Junior High students to spend a day at school as well. Families with children enrolled in the Young Children’s Community (ages 18 months to 3 years) will be contacted by the teacher to arrange a brief home visit. For Elementary and Junior High applicants, we request school records, teacher recommendations, and an interview with the student and parent(s).

Admissions Policies

At each step in the admissions process, we strive to give prospective families as comprehensive a view of our mission as possible, and of the ways in which we fulfill it in partnership with each family. That way parents can feel informed and confident in their choice of schools, and Santa Cruz Montessori will be strengthened by families who are committed to realizing a successful educational experience for their children.

We strive to balance our classes by age and gender. Priority consideration is given to qualified students in this order: siblings of currently enrolled families, families receiving governmental financial assistance, students transferring from other Montessori schools, and then all other qualified applicants.