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Application Process

Call us to schedule a Tour (415) 479-7373

Call to Schedule a Tour

Tours are scheduled in accordance with available openings, generally on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays during the months of November through January and as needed throughout the year. These tours for individuals or small groups begin promptly at 8:45AM and run about two hours. A complete packet of information is distributed at this time. It is very important for parents to view the program while school is in session. This gives prospective parents the opportunity to observe the teacher-student relationship and Montessori approach firsthand. Choosing the right school is an important decision and the tour is an essential part of this process. Space is limited. Please call to schedule an available time that best suits your schedule. Note: Admission tours are for adults only.

Call to RSVP to our Open House

Saturday, November 19, 2016 or January 21, 2017 from 10:00am - 12:00pm. This is an opportunity to tour our campus, get an overview of our program, and hear passionate presentations from our faculty about the Montessori curriculum. Note: Open houses are for adults only.

Submit an Application

Priority Application Deadline for new families is Friday, January 27, 2017

For CURRENT families: Sibling Application Deadline is Friday, December 2, 2016.

There is a $75 non-refundable fee per application and the application is valid for the program and school year for which you are applying. Please find our Online Application here.

Applications are accepted all year

At times, we may have openings available in certain programs beyond this date. Please call to find out if we have space in your child’s age group.

Student Evaluation Form

This form is required for any child who has had previous school experience. This form must be filled out by your child's current teacher and returned directly to us by our application deadline. There are two versions of the form, please click below to download the one you need. You are welcome to submit student evaluation forms by fax: 415-479-5394 or scan and email michelle(at)mdtl.org.

Preschool-1st Grade Student Evaluation

2nd Grade-6th Grade Student Evaluation

Copies of School Records

If you are applying to either our Lower or Upper Elementary Classroom (1st through 6th grades), you will need to submit a signed request to your current school. This will allow us to obtain copies of current school records, including progress reports, grades, and standardized test scores.

Please click here to download the form to Request for Student Records. You are welcome to submit student evaluation forms by fax: 415-479-5394 or scan and email michelle(at)mdtl.org.

If you have additional questions, we would be happy to discuss them with you during a school tour, or you may contact Michelle Sebastian, Director of Admissions.

Child Visits

The final step in the admissions process is an opportunity for your child to visit a classroom and interact with a teacher one-on-one or in a small group. This helps us determine if the school is the right fit for your child. It also aids us in class placement. We will contact you to schedule a child visit. Typically these are held in early February.

Admissions preference is given in the following order:

  1. Siblings of current MdTL students, as well as siblings of past students who have completed the full Primary or Elementary three year cycle
  2. Children with previous Montessori experience
  3. New applicants


Starting at the Primary level, Montessori classrooms have a mixed-age environment (3-6 year olds, 6-9 year olds, and 9-12 year olds) to allow for both individual and social development. We strive to balance each class by age and gender in accordance with Association Montessori International standards.

Decision Letters

Decision letters for 2-4 year olds are mailed to applicants on Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

Decision letters for 5-11 year olds are mailed on Wednesday, March 15, 2017.

We follow the Bay Area Directors of Admissions guidelines for these dates. In accordance with the Principles of Good Practice of Bay Area Directors of Admission, no member of the Montessori de Terra Linda community will contact you prior to the contract deadline. Bay Area Directors of Admission have agreed that this is a decision-making time for your family.


NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATORY POLICY AS TO STUDENTS: Montessori de Terra Linda does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin or sexual orientation in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan payments, athletic and other school administered programs.

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