Thank you for your interest in Parkside Community School! Our goal throughout the admissions process is to build a solid understanding of our programs, curriculum, classrooms, culture, and the unique community that entrusts their children to us.

Step 1 – Come visit our campus.

We hold group tours throughout the school year on Tuesdays from 9-10:30am. There are Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12) Tours, each with limited spaces. Please contact Shannon, our Director of Admissions and Registrar, to inquire about our next available spot and to RSVP.

Step 2 – Submit an application.

Please submit an application and a $100 non-refundable application fee for each child that you would like to have considered for enrollment. This will secure your child’s place in the Waiting Pool.

Step 3 – Observe a Classroom and Meet with our Administration Team.

Parents considering Parkside for their children for the upcoming school year must schedule a one-hour visit to the school between October and January. During this visit, you will observe a classroom and meet with our administration team. The observation allows you to see how a Montessori classroom works and to experience Parkside’s environments specifically. During the meeting, you will review the admissions and enrollment processes, discuss tuition, learn strategies for success here at Parkside, and get all your questions answered.

There are observation slots available in all classrooms from October to January. Please contact Shannon to schedule your observation and administration meeting.
*Additional classroom observations are available throughout the year as interest requires.

All families will receive a questionnaire specific to the program they are interested in, and it must be completed and returned prior to their observation and administration meeting. In addition, for families coming from other elementary schools, Parkside will request records and recommendations from those schools to include in the consideration of the child’s application.

Step 4 – Attend our Parent Education Events.

We offer classes throughout the school year to help familiarize both current and prospective parents with Montessori philosophies, Parkside’s Primary (3-6 year-olds), Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grade), and Upper Elementary (4th-6th grade) programs, and other parenting topics. Parent participation is highly valued and is taken into consideration during the admissions process. Your attendance demonstrates your interest in Parkside Community School. RSVP to Shannon if you plan to attend any of these events.
* Please note that childcare is not available for these parent-only classes and meetings.

Open Houses

Once a year, we hold Open Houses for each of our programs. The teachers give a detailed overview of their classroom curriculum and systems, expectations, and strategies for success, and questions are encouraged. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get information straight from the source and help prepare your child for their possible future at Parkside. Please plan to attend the Open House for the program that you anticipate your child entering.

  • Primary Open House (3-6 year-olds / Includes Kindergarten) –
    Thursday, December 6th, 2018 6:30-8pm RSVP

  • Lower Elementary Open House (6-9 year-olds / 1st-3rd grades)  –
    Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 6:30-8pm RSVP

  • Upper Elementary Open House (9-12 year-olds / 4th-6th grades) –
    Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 6:30-8pm RSVP

Montessori in the Home
Saturday, January 26th, 9:30-11:30am  

Explore how a Montessori-prepared environment encourages self-esteem, self-reliance, and independence in the young child and learn the importance of building a bridge from home to school. Receive concrete examples and suggestions for preparing your home environment.

Presented by Talitha Green, M.Ed., AMI, RYT
Helping Hands Montessori Services

Loving Limits and Peaceful Problem Solving
Saturday, February 16th, 9:30-11:30am

Learn how to stop disciplining and start fostering self-discipline in your child. Receive tips and tools for effective and peaceful authoritative parenting.

Presented by Talitha Green, M.Ed., AMI, RYT
Helping Hands Montessori Services

Step 5 – Stay in Touch.

We’ll be in touch periodically throughout the school year to keep you informed of the admissions process and invite you to family events like our Fall Festival and Simple Gifts celebrations. Please do not hesitate to contact us if there are any changes in your contact information or school choices for your family. We are always available to answer questions and encourage prospective families to attend our family events for a closer look at our community.

Step 6 – Enrollment Time.

January is enrollment time at Parkside. From the Waiting Pool families who have observed and met with administration, we will begin calling to schedule meetings with the teachers. Parents and children must both be present at these meetings, which will take place on Monday, February 18, 2019. Calls will be made based on the threshold requirements of space availability, age, and gender and in order of the date of application. Following the meeting with the teacher, and based on the teacher’s observations and recommendation, combined with all of the information we have gathered during the admissions process, we will contact those families that we can invite to join our community. A formal contract and non-refundable enrollment deposit of $500 will secure the child’s place in a classroom.


Parkside Community School does not discriminate on the basis of race/ethnicity, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, age, or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship program, or other school-administered programs.

“I once asked my son, Harrison, to name the best thing he learned from his two years at Parkside. Without hesitation, he said, 'Parkside taught me how to love.' ”
Richard Cole