Dr. Montessori, Education & Peace

The child is both a hope and a promise for [hu]mankind.

Admission Process

As part of our Covid-19 safety measures to keep our CMEC community and visitors safe, students applying for the 2022-2023 academic year will have a virtual admissions process. 

Applications are accepted year-round for all programs. We currently have waiting lists in several programs and encourage applications year-round to ensure the earliest possible enrollment date for your child.

If openings are not immediately available, you will be placed on a wait list. The wait lists vary for each program during the academic year.

Summer programs are available to families enrolled in the current or upcoming school years.

List of 8 items.

  • Submit an Inquiry Form

    Inquiry Form
    Please include a photo of the applicant, we love to see their smile!
  • Schedule a Tour

    Once your inquiry has been processed, you will receive a link via email to schedule your virtual tour. All tours are conducted virtually via Zoom.
  • Submit Application

    Following your virtual tour, you will receive an email with a link to the application.

    Please note there is an application fee of $50 per child.

    Submitting the enrollment application and fee activates your status on our wait list and is the first step in moving forward when an opening becomes available. Spaces are filled in the order applications are received.
  • Schedule an Observation

    Applicants to our Children’s House and Elementary programs are required to schedule an observation with a classroom teacher. These may be done virtually or on-site, depending on the comfort level of applicants, availability of teachers, and safety guidelines.
  • Submit Supplemental Application Materials (Elementary Only)

    Elementary Applicants will be asked to submit: 
    • School Records/Transcripts. Please submit the to your school.
    • Two Teacher recommendations (form will be sent via email).  Teacher recommendations provide the Admissions team with contextual information beyond a transcript.
    • If applicable, any IEP or 504 plans should also be submitted at this stage.
  • Schedule a Shadow Day (Elementary Only)

    Elementary Applicants will schedule a day to visit the school, pending health and safety guidelines.
  • Enrollment Decision

    You will receive an email regarding your child’s enrollment decision.
  • Submit Enrollment Contract

    To complete the enrollment process, you will receive an email with instructions to access the enrollment contract. Along with the enrollment contract, please also submit: 
    • A non-refundable deposit of $500.
    • A family information form
    • Birth certificate
    • Completed enrollment packet
    Enrollment is not considered final until the contract is submitted, the deposit is paid, and all enrollment paperwork is submitted.

Applicant Checklists

Our checklists include links to forms, important admissions steps, and other information about the process.

Download the appropriate checklist for your applicant: 

Columbus Montessori Education Center

Montessori is an innovative, child-centered approach to education, developed a century ago by a woman ahead of her time.

CMEC provides a high quality Montessori education to a diverse community of learners ages 6 weeks to 6th grade; empowering them to change the world in ways big and small.