Admissions

Although our current health and safety protocols prevent us from having regular group tours and visits, we are creating other opportunities for you to “see” the campus, “observe” a classroom, and get to know our guides and administration team. As we are all learning, our best laid plans are subject to change, so this process may continue to evolve as we go, but rest assured, our goal remains the same – to provide you with the details you need to make an informed decision if we are able to offer your child a place in our community. We appreciate your patience and flexibility, and thank you for your interest in Parkside!


Steps in the Admissions Process:

You’re Invited to our Open House
Thursday, January 27th, 6-7:30pm (NEW DATE)

This special evening is for current and prospective parents to meet the staff, see the classrooms, and learn more about our programs and what makes Parkside such a special school. Get your questions answered and help prepare your child for their possible future here by attending the Parkside Open House!

We will meet on campus in the Joe and Claire Bruno Community Room, and masks are required, regardless of vaccination status. This is an adults-only event, so please make childcare arrangements. We will also record the general presentation to share with those who cannot attend. Please RSVP below, and we look forward to visiting with you soon!
RSVP – Parkside Open House – Thursday, January 27th, 6-7:30pm

Attend a Zoom Information Session.

We are hosting weekly Zoom Information Sessions where you will learn more about our programs, culture, and “Montessori from the Heart” approach to educating the whole child. We are offering separate sessions focusing on our Primary and Elementary programs, but all sessions will include general information and a period for questions. These are adults-only events, so we appreciate you making childcare arrangements, and we are limiting each session to 8 guests to better facilitate conversation. We will meet on Tuesdays from 10-11:30am, October through April, so click below to select your preferred date. 

Sign up for a Primary Information Session Here

Sign up for an Elementary Information Session Here

Submit a Waiting Pool Application.

If you haven’t already done so, we invite you to submit an application and the $100 non-refundable fee at any time during the admissions process, and your child will then be added to the Waiting Pool. Submission of an application does not guarantee enrollment as Parkside follows a multi-step process for engaging with prospective families, and space availability varies from year to year. When we begin enrollment in earnest, calls to prospective families in the Waiting Pool will be made based in part on the threshold requirements of space availability, age, and gender and in order of the date of application.

Watch Observation Videos and Complete a Questionnaire.

Typically, we require a classroom observation so prospective families can see how a Montessori classroom works and experience Parkside’s learning environments in particular. This year, after we receive your application, we will share observation videos with you, and we ask that you watch them and make note of any questions. Along with the videos, we ask you to submit a family questionnaire specific to the program you are interested in.

Meet the Administration Team.

Once the above steps are complete, we will schedule a follow-up meeting with Keldie Riemondi, our Director of Education, to discuss your observations, questions, and the admissions and enrollment process, including tuition and strategies for success here at Parkside. Finally, we want to offer the all-important opportunity to visit our beautiful campus as part of your and our consideration of your child’s enrollment. Prospective families will be invited to private in-person tours with Courtney Moore, our Head of School, to see our home, ask questions, and further discuss our potential partnership in your child’s education. 

Next Steps.

We’ll be in touch periodically to keep you updated on next steps in the admissions process and to share Montessori information and tips. January through March is enrollment time at Parkside, and once we have decisions from our returning families, we will turn to the Waiting Pool to fill the remaining spots with families who have completed the steps above. Historically, prospective families have been invited to meet with our guides on campus, and the children have separate visits in the classroom. We are still determining how to facilitate these visits or something similar that follows our health and safety protocols, and we will forward further details when we have them.

Stay in Touch.

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 assist you through this process, so we look forward to talking with you soon. Thank you!

 

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.

“Parkside has a wonderful reputation in the Montessori community of Austin, and thus intrigued us. But what kept us at Parkside is the love and support we felt from the teachers, admin, directors, and community. Our Primary teachers were more than just "guides" -- they obviously cared for my children in my absence. ”
The Scotts