Fairbanks Montessori School accepts children between the ages of 18 and 36 months for the toddler program and between ages 3 and 6 for the preschool program. For the preschool program, FMS will only accept children who are potty trained and who demonstrate age appropriate social skills. We do not accept children in either program who are still in the habit of using aggressive behaviors such as biting, hitting, kicking, spitting, and name calling. We are happy to accept children with physical or cognitive disabilities, however, we do not have trained therapists or specialists on staff. If you have questions about whether we may be able to accommodate your child, please contact the Executive Director.
FMS begins accepting applications for our summer program and the upcoming academic year in April. We begin securing openings in classes for students by end of April/early May and continue through the summer and fall until we are full. Admission is based on multiple factors. Priority is given to children currently enrolled at FMS and to siblings of children currently enrolled. We encourage families to apply well in advance of the desired enrollment date. In most cases, we cannot anticipate when an opening will occur. When a spot opens, we ask that you give us a prompt answer as to whether or not your child will be attending FMS. Class placement is decided by the Executive Director in coordination with the Lead Teachers. New families must fill out the FMS application and bring it in along with the $100.00 initial registration fee. Families returning for the school year must fill out the FMS application and bring it in along with a $50.00 registration fee.
Once the decision has been made to enroll your child at FMS, there are several items that must be completed in order to finish the registration process. At the beginning of each session, parents are required to fill out an enrollment packet containing a number of forms. These are: General Information, Program Application, Tuition Policy Agreement, Medical Information Sheet (which includes a medical emergency consent form), Parental Involvement Survey, Student Questionnaire and a Registration Checklist.
The Director will also contact families for follow up interviews and possible placement options.
Additionally, the State of Alaska requires the school to maintain immunization records for each child. Immunizations records must comply with what the State of Alaska requires for your child’s age/ birth date. Immunizations need to be current for enrollment to be processed, no exceptions.
FMS admits students of any race, color, national, religious, or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships or other school-administered programs.