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When should I begin the admission process?

Parents should tour RMS or attend our Open House, and then make application the fall of the year prior to entry. Applicant/parent interviews are conducted in January and February. Enrollment contracts (first round) will be offered in February. Applications received after February will be considered for rolling admissions on a space available basis. Visit Enrollment Process for more information.

What is the main difference between a Montessori school and a traditional setting?

One of the most evident is Montessori’s “child centered” approach in which children are guided by the teacher toward independence and progress through lessons at their own pace. This process allows for vertical acceleration in areas of strength and allows for time in mastering challenging concepts. This is in stark contrast to the more traditional “teacher directed” classrooms where lessons are given to the group at one level and much of the focus is given to standardized testing.

The Montessori method encourages students to work to their potential and to develop a sense of intrinsic motivation rather than to work for an extrinsic reward. Children begin to enjoy the process of learning and look within for satisfaction and a sense of inner pride, leading to elevated self-esteem.

Respect for all individuals and the world around them is lived on a daily basis in the Montessori environment – differences are celebrated and teamwork is standard.

To see a comprehensive list, see Comparisons of Montessori Education with Traditional Education

Visit What Is Montessori? for more information.

Do you have before and after school programs?

Yes, before and after school care is available as early as 7:30 a.m. and up until 6:00 p.m. with a holiday package offering, which covers approximately 50% of the days school is closed. In addition, summer camps are available for several weeks during summer break. Visit Montessori Enrichment for more information.

What is included in my tuition?

In addition to the Montessori curriculum, specialty classes are offered to all of our students. These specialty classes include Spanish, Physical Education, Music, Library, Art, Technology and Science. Visit Specialty Classes for more information and Tuition & Fees for more information.

Does RMS offer financial aid?

Yes, financial aid is available and is awarded on a need basis. It is recommended that applications for financial aid be completed by March 6th. Visit Tuition & Fees for more information. If you have questions about financial aid please contact mwilliams@richmont.org

When is the best time to start a Richmond Montessori education?

Admission is open at all levels based upon availability. More space is available at the Toddler and Primary levels and priority is given to siblings of current students followed by Montessori transfer students. Our expert faculty is experienced in assisting new students with the transition to Richmond Montessori School.

Is transportation offered?

RMS does not provide daily transportation options. All students are brought to school by their parents or care givers. We do encourage carpooling between families. Contact the Admissions Office to inquire about potential carpooling opportunities in your area.

Are there minimum age requirements?

The Admissions Team considers the child’s academic, emotional and developmental readiness when determining final level and class placement. Toddler students must be 2 years of age by September 1. Primary students must be 3 years of age by September 1 and students must be 5 years of age to enter our Primary full-day program (kindergarten). Please contact the Admissions Office to discuss specific questions regarding your child’s age and level placement.

Where do students go after RMS?

Graduate high school choices vary between independent schools, the Governor’s schools, Specialty Centers and zoned public schools.

Close to 100% of our graduates are accepted into their first choice of high school.

How do RMS students transition into a traditional educational setting?

By the time children reach the Upper Elementary level they have developed a deep abstraction of all concepts learned, and therefore they can spend less time working with the Montessori manipulative materials and more time working with textbooks. While there is more time spent on homework and test taking, the emphasis remains on independence, concentration, mastery and order in their work. The result shows in our students’ level of self-confidence, sense of self, approach to learning, and collaborative and critical thinking skills. This in turn, leads to a smooth transition to high school and life after RMS.

Does RMS utilize standardized testing?

Yes, the Stanford Achievement test is administered annually to 1-8 grade students. These tests are reflective of each students academic skills and the results offer parents a quantitative measure of their child’s performance.

Are RMS students introduced to computers and technology?

Yes, computer and technology training are introduced in 1st grade in a specialty class; instruction in real-world programs, such as word processing, Excel and PowerPoint, is provided. Students are also allowed to use computers to do research for class assignments. As students progress into the Upper Elementary and Middle School programs, computers are fully integrated into the classrooms for research and multi-subject use. Middle School students are assigned a personal Macbook, and students are introduced and use Smart board technology in Middle School.

Does RMS have an athletic and sports program?

Yes, all students have weekly physical education classes. RMS has two sports teams – Basketball and Soccer – and students can elect to join a team as early as 7 years of age. After school clinics are also offered for younger students, beginning at age 3, in both sports.

Does RMS have a part-time program for preschool students?

No. All preschool programs are offered on a full time basis, 5 days per week from 8:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. This predictable and consistent routine benefits young children by minimizing separation anxiety and preparing them for school.

Does RMS have a diverse community?

Yes, there are over 30 different countries represented in our school community of students, families, faculty and staff at Richmond Montessori School, and over 48% ethnic diversity in our student population. RMS serves families from more than 30 different zip codes around the greater Richmond area. We are also committed to building a diverse socio economic student population which is supported by our need based financial aid program.

Does RMS have different locations around the Richmond area?

No. There’s only one Richmond Montessori School! All Montessori schools operate independently of each other. Montessori is a philosophy of education and not a franchise. We are unique at Richmond Montessori in the way we interpret this philosophy for the community we serve as well as in our leadership, vision, faculty credentials, and stability. RMS is dually accredited and has been in existence since 1965.