Admission occurs at the beginning of each term, as space is available, and as children are ready. A place on the waiting list does not guarantee a place at the school. Children are accepted into the Toddler from 18 months, Children’s House from around age 3 and Elementary from around age 6, after successful completion of the admission process. Should the number of students enrolling in a particular programme exceed availability, places will be allocated using the following criteria (in the rank shown):

1. Students who have attended a previous programme at Garden City Montessori
2. Siblings of current students
3. Students who have attended other Montessori programmes
4. Students of families committed to long term Montessori education
5. Students without Montessori preparation


Admission Process

1. Familiarise yourself with the Montessori philosophy
Review the information found on this website and determine whether you wish to enrol your child in a Montessori education.

2. Schedule a visit and an observation of the classroom
Interested parents / carers should first visit the school and observe the classroom in operation. Thoughtful observation of a class allows them the best opportunity to see what children do in this environment. There is an opportunity following the observation to ask questions, which often come to mind during this experience.

3. Complete an application form
If you wish your child to be formally considered for a place at Garden City Montessori, an application form should be submitted along with a non-refundable application fee. If your child has attended a previous setting, a reference will be requested.

4. New child trial visits
When a suitable space is available, your child will be invited for their trial visits. The length of each visit will be determined by each child’s individual circumstances and you may be required to stay at the school during this time.
If you have applied for a space in our Elementary class, your child may be invited to spend the day with us. The parent is not expected to attend on this day. The trial visit process can take up to a half term to complete.

5. Parent Interview
Once we are satisfied that your child will settle in our environment and that we are the correct environment to support their learning, a Parent Interview will be scheduled. This is an opportunity for your family to further understand the Montessori philosophy and what you can expect from GCM, along with how you can support your child through their Montessori experience. There will also be an opportunity for parents to ask any further questions they may have.

6. Enrolment
After successfully completing trials and parent interview, an invoice for the Enrolment Deposit will be issued to secure the space. Once this has been settled, a Welcome Pack will be issued, which includes the Enrolment forms and parent contract. These should be returned to the school prior to the student’s first day.

Garden City Montessori School admits students of any creed, colour or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate in administration of our admission policies, educational policies, or school-administered programs.


You can learn more about our policies here.