Application Process

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.

Schedule a Tour (dates open in October)

Request a School Tour online or call us!

Tours are scheduled in accordance with available openings, generally on select 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.

Stay Tuned for MdTL Open House Dates!

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.

Phone 415-479-7373 x103 or contact us online


Submit an Application

Applications are accepted all year.

For space availability for the 2019-20 school year, please submit an inquiry form here or get in touch with our Director of Admissions

Priority Application Deadline for new families is Friday, January 25, 2019

For CURRENT families: Sibling Application Deadline is Friday, November 30, 2018.

There is a $100 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.

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 jennifer(at)

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 jennifer(at)

If you have additional questions, we would be happy to discuss them with you during a school tour, or you may contact Jennifer Krasowski, 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

Decision Letters

Decision letters are mailed to applicants in accordance with the Bay Area Directors of Admission guidelines, usually in early March.

We follow the Bay Area Directors of Admission 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.

To download a convenient overview of Montessori de Terra Linda's admissions process, please click here.

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.