Enrollment and Admissions

Thank you for your interest in Parkside Community School. Our goal throughout the admission process is to build a solid understanding of Parkside Community School’s 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 regular school year every Wednesday at 9:00. There are Primary (ages 3-6) and Elementary (ages 6-12) Tours with limited spaces. Please contact Shannon to inquire about our next available spot and to RSVP.

Step 2 – Complete an application.

Please submit an application for each child that you would like to have considered for enrollment. There is a one-time $100 fee per child. This application will officially place you on our wait list.

Step 3 – Observe a Classroom & Attend Admin. Meeting.

Parents considering Parkside Community School for their children for the upcoming school year must schedule a one hour visit to Parkside (October-January) before we begin our admissions cycle. At this visit you will observe a classroom and meet with our admin staff. This observation is a unique opportunity to see how a Montessori classroom works and experience the child’s working environment. During the admin meeting we will discuss tuition, review the enrollment cycle, talk through how to be successful here at Parkside and answer any questions you may have.

There are observation slots available in all classrooms from October-January. Please contact Shannon to schedule a classroom observation.
*Additional classroom observation are available throughout the year as interest requires.

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 enrollment process. Your attendance demonstrates your interest in Parkside Community School.
* Please note that childcare is not available for these parent-only classes and meetings.

Loving Limits & Peaceful Problem Solving
Thursday, November. 3, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm  RSVP

How to stop disciplining and start fostering self-discipline. Tips and tools for effective and peaceful Authoritative parenting.
Presented by Meagan O’Donnell, Primary Guide at Julia’s Garden Montessori School

Montessori in the Home
Tuesday, December 6, 2016, 6:30-8:00pm   RSVP

Explore how a Montessori-prepared Environment encourages self-esteem, self-reliance, and independence in the young child and 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

Program Introduction Meetings

Each year we offer a thorough overview of the Montessori philosophy for each of our classrooms. This is an excellent opportunity to get a closer look at the materials and how the classroom works for each age group. Please plan to attend the introduction for the program that you anticipate your child entering. You will receive an overview of the curriculum and other general information. Time is allotted for questions and answers.

  • Introduction to Lower Elementary (1st-3rd grade / 6-9 year-olds)  –

        Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm   RSVP

  • Introduction to Upper Elementary (4th-6th grade / 9-12 year-olds) –

        Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm  RSVP

  • Introduction to Primary (3-6 year-olds / Includes Kindergarten) –

        Thursday, January 19, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm   RSVP

For Newly Enrolled Parents:

Why is Independence so Important?
Thursday, March 30, 2017, 6:30-8:00pm

Independence is a key factor in every Montessori classroom. Come and learn how to support your child in developing competence which grows confidence. Cultivate a self-motivated, self-directed, and self-disciplined learner. What to do and when to do it. Exploring functional and intellectual independence in a Montessori environment.
Presented by Meagan O’Donnell, Primary teacher at Julia’s Garden Montessori

Step 5 – Keep us informed and stay in touch.

We’ll be in touch periodically throughout the school year to verify your interest and invite you to family events like our Fall Festival and Simple Gifts. 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. We ask you to attend the January Intro Meeting for the program you anticipate your child entering. Hopefully you would have already had your classroom observation and admin meeting, but if not, let’s get that scheduled! We will begin placing phone calls mid-January to inform you of an opening for your child for the upcoming school year.


Parkside Community School admits students of any race, color, 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, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, and 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