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 3-5):

  1. Complete our ONLINE APPLICATION. 
  2. Once the application has been approved, you will be invited to complete registration forms online.
  3. To secure a place for your child, please print out the Enrollment form, sign, and return to us with a non-refundable security deposit of $250.
  4. Registration for new students will being on March 17 at our Open House and Registration Day. 
  5. If you cannot attend the Open House, feel free to mail us your Enrollment form and security deposit. 

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

Inquiries about enrollment in our Elementary programs for new students should be directed to Rebecca Green, 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 2018-19  

Primary Mornings (ages 3 and 4):

  • 3 – day (Mon-Wed 8:30 to 11:30) $ 3,797
  • 5 – day (Mon-Fri 8:30 to 11:30)    $ 4,650

Full-Day Primary (ages 3 and 4):

  • 3 – day (Mon-Wed 8:30 to 2:30) $ 5,296
  • 5 – day (Mon-Fri 8:30 to 2:30 ) $ 6,685

Extended Day (age 5 as of Oct.15):

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 2:30) $ 6,685

Elementary (ages 6 to 9)

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 3:00) $ 7,067

Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12)

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 3:00) $7,067

Registered Before and After Care

  • 3 and 5 day options $3.85/hour
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. Application is made 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.