We are a comprehensive bilingual (English/Spanish) program designed and dedicated to the holistic development of your child in a personal and responsive family environment. The principles that guide our program are that each child should feel safe, secure, and trusting with his/her relationships and interactions in a social-emotional environment that is full of care.
The MGRI follows the principles and pedagogy of a Montessori curriculum throughout the day for all children. Our program addresses the range of developmental characteristics emotionally, socially, physically, and mentally for children from infancy through high school years.
During the course of your enrollment, we invite your participation in our experience with your child. We value our relationship with your family and share the mutual goal of promoting the best for your child.
MGRI is accredited by the National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs (NAC), and a member of the American Montesori Society (AMS), and the International Montessori Council (IMC). [DC1] MGRI is insured, licensed by the Florida Department of Children and Families, registered with the Florida Department of Education, and meets all local health, safety and occupational regulations. These standards relate to our facility, staff, nutrition, health and safety procedures, teacher/child ratios, and record keeping.
MGRI serves children age 6-weeks through eighteen-years old, on campus. For 3 y – 18 y we designed an online model as an option for parents who prefer education at home.
Our brick-and-mortar campus includes indoor and outdoor environments designed to meet the specific needs of a child's development. Hands-on materials and activities are the building blocks of our academic programs. All lead teachers hold undergraduate or graduate level degrees and are Montessori certified.
Contact us directly through email or submit a contact form with your questions.
We welcome children and families of all ethnic backgrounds, national origins, sex, abilities, and religions. MGRI equally respects all beliefs and cultures. Religious and/or denominational practice, prayer, worship, training, or instruction is not provided.
MGRI ACCEPTS APPLICATIONS FOR
- Infant/Preprimary (0-36 months)
- Early Childhood/Primary (3-6 years)
- Lower Elementary (6-9 years; grades K-3)
- Upper Elementary (9-12 years; grades 4-6)
- Secondary I (12-15 years; grades 7-9)
- Secondary II (15-18 years; grades 10-12)
For the success of your child, placement in a program is determined primarily by developmental characteristics rather than by the child’s chronological age.
THE WAITING LIST
If there is not an immediate opening for a new child (or if a young child is not quite ready to start school) then his/her name is added to our waiting list. Our classrooms are balanced by gender and age.
Child selection includes many factors. Priority is given to siblings of children already enrolled, staff children, and then to transferring children with prior Montessori experience from a recognized school.
Sibling priority is given when the applying family is in good standing with MGRI; tuition payments are up-to-date; and spots are available. Sibling priority may be rescinded should the family decide to withdraw their enrolled child prior to graduation. Sibling candidates are evaluated according to the same criteria as all other applicants and must follow the steps in the admissions process. MGRI offers sibling discounts[SP4] ; however, all families may apply for financial assistance.
Applying to MGRI takes time and some advanced planning. We recommend that you begin the process in advance.
* Families relocating from out-of-town need to be prepared to make multiple in-person visits to the school in order to successfully complete the admissions process.
* Meetings, observations and other visits need to be scheduled in advance.
We look forward to showing you our campus; sharing information; and getting to know you better during the enrollment process.
Please contact us firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about the enrollment and admissions process. During this time of social distancing and learning from home, sending an email is recommended.
The Head of School, Montessori guide, and the Director of Admissions will confer to determine the appropriateness of enrollment based on the child’s readiness, the potential for a positive interaction with the class and the family’s commitment to the program. All decisions will be communicated by the Admissions office.
As we practice social distancing and remote learning in Spring 2020, MGRI is committed to educating and informing parents about MGRI and Montessori education. We have adapted our admissions process to include virtual tours, remote admissions meetings and online parent resources. Each step in the admissions process is outlined below.
STEPS FOR ENROLLMENT AND ADMISSION
STEP 1 – SCHOOL TOUR
Touring MGRI campus (ages 6w-18y) is the first step in the admissions process. See how our campus is designed specifically for the developmental needs of your child:
· Virtually tour each campus
· Review these resources.
At this time, MGRI in-person tours are scheduled accordingly with Florida State, CDC recommendations, health and safety rules. Tours are for adults only and must be scheduled in advance. All tours typically last about one hour. MGRI takes temperature before entrance and wearing masks are required during the whole time on campus.
STEP 2 – ENROLLMENT MEETING
Parents will speak with the Director of Admissions. This is an opportunity to converse about your child and family; Montessori education; the programs offered at MGRI and enrollment possibilities. It will help both parties determine if MGRI is a school in which your child will thrive.
After viewing our virtual tour, please complete a contact form to request an enrollment meeting.
STEP 3 – SUBMIT APPLICATION
MGRI accepts child applications for the on-campus, distance education (hybrid and online only), and umbrella programs.
After the enrollment meeting an application may be submitted with a non-refundable fee. The number of spots available for new child varies each year by grade level. MGRI staff will contact you to move forward with the admissions process if an applicable spot is currently available. Otherwise, your application will remain in our waiting list.
STEP 4 – ENVIRONMENT VISIT AND OBSERVATION
MGRI recognizes that there is no replacement for a classroom observation. No matter what school you are considering, MGRI recommends parents visit the school and observe the environment. However, during this pandemic, the health and safety of our community is always a priority. Therefore, the Director of Admissions will contact you to schedule an observation when it is safe for visitors to be in a classroom.
Currently, the tours are scheduled and the Director of Admissions meets with the parent on campus (we are limiting the visit to maximum of 2 adults). The visitors answer questions related to COVID-19 symptoms and the temperature is checked before they enter MGRI facility. The use of masks is required during the entire visit. The tour includes school campus, a classroom view, and the outdoor environment where parents can ask questions and gathered information about specifics of the program.
STEP 5 – PARENT DECISION AND ENROLLMENT PROCESS
As you reach your decision, we will send you an Enrollment packet to be filled out, with the required information to be gathered to complete the enrollment process. We review the completed packet and schedule an orientation visit. During the orientation, the child will visit the assigned classroom
STEP 6 – FAMILY ORIENTATION & CHILD INTERVIEW
Family Orientation: the Director of Admissions will share with you the Montessori curriculum, MGRI policies, handbooks, calendar, and details of the environment where your child is visiting. The Montessori guide from the assigned environment joins the orientation to gather information about your child. The focus of the questions will be about your child’s personality, learning style, and specific academic achievements if applicable. The information shared will assist us in making the best placement for your child.
Ages 6-week – 2.5-year (infant/preprimary) – Parents will visit the I/T (0-3) environment for about 20 minutes. During the visit the teacher will interact with your child by showing him/her around the classroom; teaching a lesson and carefully observing your child. The teacher will ask you questions about your child, her likes and dislikes, daily routine at home, nutritional needs and feeding schedule, naps routine, and set up.
Ages 2.5 – 6-year (primary) — Your child will visit a classroom for about 30 minutes. During the visit the teacher will interact with your child by showing him/her around the classroom; teaching a few lessons and carefully observing your child. The teacher will ask you questions about your child, her likes and dislikes, daily routine at home, nutritional needs and feeding schedule, naps routine and set up.
Elementary and Secondary (6-18) — The child is invited to visit a classroom for 30 minutes. They will be fully immersed into the class. The teachers will assess how well he/she is suited for learning in a Montessori environment by letting her interact with the environment and with other children and observing his/her social interactions throughout the visit. An evaluation with an in-house reading specialist may be requested to determine the appropriate placement for the child.
Again, the health and safety of our community is a priority. The Director of Admissions will contact you to schedule a time for your child to visit when it is safe for child s to be in a classroom.