Is my child ready?

Can your child communicate his or her needs? Follow directions? Use the toilet independently?

Most children are ready for a Montessori Primary classroom around the age of 3. We accept children as young as 2.9 years of age at the beginning of a school year. Mid-year admission is also considered, space permitting.

Children must demonstrate a basic level of independence and verbal skills that will allow them to function in a classroom that provides “freedom within limits.” Our goal is to allow your child to explore the materials in the classroom while respecting self, others, and the environment. Your child should be able to use the toilet and dress themselves, with minimal help from adults. (Occasional accidents are OK).

Prospective parents are encouraged to visit our school and observe a classroom during a typical school day. This is a great way to know if KMS will be a good fit for your child. Please call 453-6055 to schedule a visit.

If you still have questions, feel free to call; or email

The Kennebec Montessori School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender or gender expression, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, marital status or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admission or hiring policies and other school administered programs.


We enroll students who meet the requirements on a first-come first-served basis, with priority to returning students and siblings. KMS reserves the right to make occasional exceptions with the goal of achieving an optimal educational environment. The curriculum in an authentic Montessori classroom spans three years, so children who enroll around the age of 3 get the maximum benefit from our program (we accept children as young as 2.9 for September enrollment). We do expect to have a waiting list, so please register early!

To enroll for our Primary Programs (ages 3-6):

  1. Complete our ONLINE APPLICATION. 
  2. You will then be invited to complete online enrollment forms.
  3. Once you have completed the forms please send KMS your non-refundable security deposit of $275 or $300 (based on program level) in order to secure your child’s spot. 
  4. Registration for new students began on March 14 at our Open House.

Our mailing address is 38 Sheridan Drive, Fairfield, ME 04937.

Inquiries about enrollment in our Elementary programs for new students should be directed to Erika Verrier, Interim Head of School, 453-6055.

Parent Participation Program

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 children, while also controlling the rising cost of education. 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 other KMS parents.

KMS parent, Sanae Honda, is volunteering some of her time to teach Japanese to our Elementary students.

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 interest.

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

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, rates vary based on need
Monthly payment plans also available

Scholarship Program

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 May 1st and are done directly through SMARTTuition. Apply Now  For further information about our program, please call 453-6055.

For information about other scholarships for early childhood education in Maine, visit

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.