RPMS admissions

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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 style. 

Toilet Training: Children must be toilet trained to enter the 3-6 program.

Shadow Day: Elementary applicants 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

 2019-2020 School Year  

Registration Fee  $150  

Building Maintenance + Emergency Fund Fee
  (One Time Per Family, may be rolled  
first year tuition payment plan)




7:30am  Early Arrival (M-F)          

Toddler (8:30 am to 11:15 am)

Toddler 4 Days (Tuesday - Friday)
      3:15 pm Daycare (4 Days) $3,710  
Toddler 5 Days (Monday - Friday) $12,720  
     3:15 pm Daycare (5 Days)
Children's House (8:30 am to 11:20 am)
Children's House
     3:15 pm Daycare (M-F) $4,500  
     6:00 pm Daycare (M-F) $9,300  
     6:00 pm Daycare (M-F) $4,800  
Elementary (8:30 am to 3:15 pm)
6-9 (1st to 3rd grades) $17,800  
9-12 (4th to 6th grades) $19,100  
12-14 (Middle School) $20,100  
     6:00 pm Daycare (M-F) $4,800  


Schedule a Tour
To schedule a tour of our school, contact Julie Einstein, Director of Admission (jeinstein@rpms.org). The tour is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Montessori education and see the students in their classrooms.

Complete an Application
To apply, please select the appropriate application below for your child:

    Application for Toddler and Children's House (ages 2-5 on September 1)

    Application for Elementary and Middle School (ages 6+ on September 1)

Application Deadline:
Applications for new students are due by December 15, and are accepted year-round on a rolling basis throughout the school year.

Once applications have been received, families are contacted to schedule an interview for their child. 

Placement Priority
Priority placement is given to siblings of current RPMS students and Montessori transfer students.

Cut-off Date
RPMS uses September 1 as the cut-off date for children entering at any level. 

Application Rollover
If an applicant is not offered placement for the current year, parents may roll their application over to the following school year. 


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application deadline

Applications for new enrollments to RPMS are accepted throughout the school year. 

transfer students

For kindergarten and elementary transfer students, the following documents are required:

  • RPMS application form

  • LMAIS Common Recommendation form  (Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools) 

  • School transcripts from previous school(s): progress reports, report cards, standardized test results. Please fill out this AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE RECORDS TO RPMS form and submit to your current school with your request. 

If a placement is available, the parents are notified and interviewed by the Program Director. The student will shadow in one of our classrooms and be assessed by our Learning Specialist. 

admissions & class placements

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:

  • Availability of space in program
  • Current enrollment
  • Siblings of children currently enrolled, whose families have demonstrated a commitment to the entire Montessori program. The Director of Admission has the discretion to rescind priority placement for any sibling, even currently enrolled siblings, if the family withdraws any of the older siblings before the eighth grade.
  • Balance of age and gender in each classroom
  • Transfer students from other Montessori schools

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tuition payment plans

Rogers Park Montessori School uses Smart Tuition to assist families manage tuition payments. 

  • One Payment: Remitted directly to the school by July 1st, 2020.   
  • Two Payments: Due July  and December.  
  • Nine Payments: Due July through April. (Excluding January when deposits for the following school year are due) 
*Please note that there is a $180 fee for using Smart Tuition.*  

Click here to download the Smart Tuition Form

Smart Tuition FAQ's 

financial aid

RPMS offers two avenues for financial assistance:

Direct Financial Assistance (Financial Aid) is based on need and designed to supplement a family's contribution. In the event a family has an emergency, this fund can also bridge tuition for the current school year.

Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) is a needs based scholarship program which helps to support families that reflect our diversity statement. 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:

  • Complete an enrollment application.
  • Apply for financial aid through FAST
  • Meet application deadlines.  Applications not received on time are not considered unless the family demonstrates an emergency need for assistance.
  • Provide complete and thorough information. In the case of divorced or separated parents, information must be provided by both parents.
  • Reapply for assistance every school year

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.

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. 

As a reminder, you must reapply each year. To start the process, please click below:

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  • The application process is self-guided. You may navigate in and out of the program allowing you to partially complete an application and go back to it at another time.
  • Online e-mail and a 24/7 helpline is provided.
  • There is a $45 fee for the application, which you will be prompted to pay by credit card at the end of the session.

required student forms

Birth Certificate

  • New RPMS students only
Home Language Survey
  • New RPMS students only

 Medical/Immunization: Student Medical Immunization Form

  • Children's House (ages 2-6) REQUIRED YEARLY
  • 6th grade

Vision Form: Student Eye Exam Form

  • Kindergarten
  • New RPMS Elementary/Middle School students

Dental Form: Student Dental Form

  • Kindergarten
  • 2nd Grade
  • 6th Grade

  There are no exceptions to any of these forms.

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