Montessori Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Bala House Montessori! Our admissions team wants to make sure all your questions are answered and you have all the information you need for your family to feel at home at Bala House. We would love for you to see us in action and experience the “Montessori Difference” for yourself. Call 610-664-6767 and schedule a tour today!

Admissions Requirements

Bala House Montessori accepts preschool and kindergarten children, ages 3 through 6 years old, from Lower Merion Township on the Main Line and the greater Philadelphia area. Your child must be toilet trained prior to their entrance.

Minimum Age for Admission in September: 2 years and 9 months by September 1st and 3 years old on or before December 1st of that current school year.

Minimum Age for Rolling Admissions after December 1st: 3 years old at admission date.

Kindergarten Requirements: Kindergarten admission is based on a child having a 5th birthday by September 1st of their kindergarten year and receiving a recommendation from their teacher.

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Admissions Process

Our admissions team will work with you to make sure all your questions are answered and you have all the information you need for your family to feel at home at Bala House.

Familiarize Yourself with the Montessori Philosophy Prior to scheduling a tour, review the Montessori information found on our website.

Schedule a Tour and Request an Admissions Packet To fully understand and learn about Bala House Montessori, you should observe our learning community before beginning the enrollment process. This will give you a first-hand understanding of how our Montessori program can benefit your child and determine if this is an environment you would like for them. As soon as you step on our campus, you will FEEL what makes Bala Montessori different! You will not only meet with our friendly and knowledgeable staff but also observe and experience our unique educational environment.

School tours are typically scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. and are for parents only. We will spend as much time as you would like answering your questions regarding Bala House and Montessori. At the end of your tour we will be happy to walk you through our simple application process.

Call 610-664-6767 or click on the Contact Us button at the bottom of this page to schedule a tour with our Admissions Director and request an admissions packet.

Fill Out and Submit an Application To apply, please fill out and submit our online application. You will receive an email confirmation when your application and $50 non-refundable application fee has been received. The Admissions Director will be in contact with you shortly to discuss the next steps in the admissions process.

COMPLETE our online school application.

Enrollment Period for New Applicants Enrollment of new applicants begins in February, following an enrollment priority period for current families. The following priorities are observed in determining admission:

  • Currently enrolled students
  • Siblings of currently enrolled students
  • Classroom space availability
  • Balancing of ages and genders in each classroom
  • Date of application

New Child Visit Applicants are scheduled for new child visits. A parent or caregiver will stay with the child for a short visit in a classroom with one of our teachers. Your child will interact with a teacher and work with classroom materials while you complete a questionnaire about your child. The new child visit does not guarantee a space for your child.

Invitation to Enroll When a space becomes available, following your new child visit, the school will send a letter inviting you to enroll your child at Bala House Montessori. The letter will contain an enrollment contract describing important enrollment terms and conditions.

Submit a Contract To hold a space for your child, a contract must be completed, signed, and returned by the date specified on your enrollment letter. Also, a nonrefundable deposit of $500 must accompany the contract. This deposit will be applied to the year’s tuition.

Enrollment Confirmation A copy of your contract, payment schedule, and medical forms will be mailed to you after your contract has been signed by the School Director and deposit has been processed.

Return Required Forms Before your child’s first day of school, all forms (emergency contact, emergency medical, child health report, medical dietary, tumble tots, and photo release) must be returned. On October 15th, we are legally required to exclude any child who does not have current medical forms on file.

Classroom Assignments Class placements are made by the Admissions Director, with every effort to maintain balance within the classrooms with respect to age and sex of the children. Children are assigned to a classroom in which they will work with the same teacher for their entire time at Bala House. Parents will be notified of classroom assignments in August.

Tuition Assistance Tuition Assistance forms are available from the Admissions Office after an Enrollment Contract has been offered and are due by April 30th.

Bala House Montessori Nondiscrimination Policy

Bala House is an equal opportunity care provider. The Bala House accepts children of any race, creed, sex, color, disability, ancestry, and national origin.

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