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Admission RequirementsCharlotte posed_1084

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).

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.


Is my child ready?

Can your child communicate his or her needs? Follow directions? Use the toilet independently? IMG_9176

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 info@kennebecmontessori.org.


All are welcome to attend our next

Parent Workshop, Sept. 26, at 5:30 pm

 Bridging Home and School: parenting a Montessori child

Topics to be covered include:

  1. Care of the self in a Montessori environment
  2. Care of environment – jobs and chores at school and how you can build skills at home
  3. Encouraging independence
  4. How to talk like a Montessori teacher
  5. Managing screen time

Please call 453-6055 for more information.


Enrollment and Tuition

we currently have a Waiting List for our Primary and Lower Elementary 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 here!
  2. Once the application has been approved, you will receive a registration form to complete online.
  3. Please print out the application and return to us with a non-refundable security deposit of $250.
  4. On March 18, we will be able to confirm enrollment if we have received BOTH the registration form AND the security deposit.
  5. Welcome to KMS!

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

We have limited space in our Elementary programs (ages 6-12). During our re-enrollment period, our current elementary students will be offered first priority, and then priority will be given to KMS students moving up from our Primary program, based on the number of years of continuous enrollment at KMS and the number of siblings enrolled at KMS; priority will also be given to enrolled children of KMS teachers and staff.

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

Annual Tuition for 2017-18  

Primary Mornings (ages 3 and 4):

  • 3 – day (Mon-Wed 8:30 to 11:30) $ 3,723
  • 5 – day (Mon-Fri 8:30 to 11:30)    $ 4,559

Full-Day Primary (ages 3 and 4):

  • 3 – day (Mon-Wed 8:30 to 2:30) $ 5,192
  • 5 – day (Mon-Fri 8:30 to 2:30 ) $ 6,554

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

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 2:30) $ 6,554

Elementary (ages 6 to 9)

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 3:00) $ 6,928

Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12)

  • 5 – day (8:30 to 3:00) $6,928

Monthly payment plans also available.

Waiting List

If space is unavailable at the time of application, parents may place their child on our waiting list by completing a Registration form 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.

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 www.mecsf.org.


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.

photo 4 (2)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.

Parents are also encouraged to participate in the KMS community by attending Parent Workshops and other school events.

Parent-Teacher conferences are held in the Fall and Spring.

Annual events include our Annual Auction, Spring Pot-Luck Dinner, Mothers’ Day Tea, Fathers’ Day Breakfast, and a Teddy Bear Picnic on the last day of school, as well as two concerts held at the end of each term.