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

Schedule a School Tour Online!

Tours are held each week for Pre-Primary and Primary and once a month for Elementary, beginning in late October. They begin at 8:45 AM and run approximately two hours. It is important for parents to view the program while school is in session to observe the teacher-student relationship and Montessori approach firsthand. Choosing the right school is an important decision and the tour is a required part of this process.

Note: Tours are for adults only.

schedule a tour

Attend an Open House!

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.

Our Open Houses begin at 10:00 AM and run approximately two hours.

  • Saturday, November 16, 2019 or
  • Saturday, February 1, 2020

Note: Open houses are for adults only.

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Copies of School Records

If you are applying to our Elementary Program (1st-6th grade), you will need to submit a signed Request for Student Records to your child’s current school. This will allow us to obtain copies of current school records, including progress reports, grades, and standardized test scores.

Submit an Application

Applications are accepted all year.

The Priority Application Deadline for the 2020-2021 School Year is Friday, January 24, 2020

For space availability for the current school year, please submit an inquiry form here or get in touch with our Director of Admissions, Jennifer Krasowski, at 415-479-7373 x 103 or

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

The Student Evaluation Form is required for any child who has had previous school experience.

·         Preschool-1st Grade Student Evaluation

·         2nd Grade-6th Grade Student Evaluation

This is a confidential form and must be filled out by your child's current teacher. It should be returned directly to MdTL by our application deadline. Student Evaluation Forms may be submitted by:


mail: Montessori de Terra Linda
Attn: Admissions
610 Del Ganado Rd
San Rafael, Ca 94903
fax: 415-479-5394

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.