Rogers Park Montessori School is a diverse community located in Andersonville, serving children ages 2 - 14 throughout Chicago.
Rogers Park Montessori School is a community where individual differences are acknowledged and celebrated. We seek students and families who share our educational and philosophical vision, and who bring a multicultural and diverse experience to our classrooms.
The admissions process provides prospective parents the opportunity to learn more about Montessori education and become acquainted with our school. It gives us an opportunity to assess each child's learning needs, and to determine whether we are able to meet those needs and the expectations of the parents. Our goal is to enroll families who will both benefit from and contribute to our school community.
Toilet Training: Children must be toilet trained to enter the 3-6 program.
Shadow Day: Elementary students who are offered placements are invited to shadow in one of our classrooms. During this visit, parents have the opportunity to meet with the Elementary Program Director.
RPMS admits students of any race, color, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. No student, on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or national and ethnic origin shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any RPMS education program or activity.
tuition & fee schedule
2017-2018 School Year
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Applications for new enrollments to RPMS are accepted throughout the school year. For current students, re-enrollment deadlines are communicated to the existing families of the school. Applications received prior to the announced deadline for returning children are given priority consideration.
After the re-enrollment deadline, new student applications are processed to fill all remaining class positions. Applications from returning students received after the enrollment deadline are processed with all new student applications, and receive no additional priority. A wait list is maintained by the Director of Admissions.
Re-enrollment applications for students with delinquent tuition payments will not be processed until payments are made current.
For kindergarten and elementary transfer students, the following documents are required:
If a placement is available, the student and family are notified, then interviewed by the appropriate Program Director. The student will shadow in one of our classrooms, and be assessed by our Learning Specialist. If a placement is offered, parents are notified of acceptance via email.
Current students planning to re-enroll in school must return required paperwork and fees before the stated deadlines. Failure to present the completed paperwork or to comply with announced deadlines will result in a forfeiture of placement. Continued placement is based upon availability of space.
Upon re-enrollment, the following requirements must be fulfilled to complete the enrollment process:
Children will not be admitted to class on the first day of school without all of the preceding requirements completed.
RPMS strongly believes in the practice of encouraging families to make a long term commitment to a full Montessori education. The following priorities are observed when determining admission and class placement:
Rogers Park Montessori School uses Smart Tuition to assist families manage tuition payments. The following options are available:
Click here to download the Smart Tuition Form
RPMS offers two avenues for financial assistance for families.
1. Direct financial assistance (Financial Aid), which is based on family need and designed to supplement a families contribution. There are also set aside funds, in the event a family has an emergency, and needs help to bridge tuition for a given school year.
2. Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a needs based scholarship program which helps to support lower income, diverse families. This fund offers more substantive support for a family who may only be able to make a minimal contribution.
To qualify for assistance, families must:
financial aid determination process
Once financial aid applications, tax, and other required information have been processed, the Financial Aid Committee meets to review all applications. The information provided is strictly confidential.
applying for financial aid
To be eligible for financial aid, families must first complete an application for enrollment and be accepted to RPMS.
RPMS uses the services of an outside vendor, FAST, to evaluate financial aid needs. FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give; rather FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. All information from FAST is kept confidential.
As a reminder, you must reapply each year. To start the process, please click below:
required student health & emergency forms
Forms required before the first day of school are:Birth Certificate
Home Language Survey
Medical/Immunization: Student Medical_Immunization_Form.pdf (61 KB)
Eye Form: Student Eye Exam Form.pdf (31 KB)
Dental Form: Student Dental Form.pdf (289 KB)
There are NO EXCEPTIONS to any of these forms.