Admission Procedures

The first step to admission is to have a tour of the school. You may call (814.866.3760) or email ( the office to schedule a tour.
After taking a tour of the school you can schedule a classroom observation and fill out the Application. Observations take place between 9:30 and 11:30 AM. We recommend a minimum of thirty minutes for your observation.


To register, an application form must be filled out and submitted with a one-time fee of $50.00 (checks are payable to Montessori In The Woods or MITW). The registration fee is non-refundable and does not apply to tuition. Each child must register prior to enrollment.


A pre-enrollment interview is required. This is a time for the guide (teacher) and the child to meet, with the parents present. It serves as the child’s introduction to the classroom. An enrollment contract must be completed each year for each child, including a $100.00 deposit, which holds the child’s space in the program. This deposit is non-refundable, but will be credited towards tuition. At enrollment, the following documents are also required:

• Completed enrollment Contract with $100.00 non-refundable deposit
• Immunization Record or Letter of Exemption from Immunizations
• Completed Emergency Contact Form (to be updated every six months)
• Completed Child Health Care Assessment Form
• Completed Child Care Agreement Form
• Fundraising Contract


To assist young children in making the transition from home to school we introduce them gradually to the Montessori environment over several weeks. For new toddlers and preschoolers, we start with the one-on-one interview, then a week of one-hour days (9:00- 10:00 AM), followed by a week of two-hour days (9:00 – 11:00 days), and finally regular three hour days.

For all extended day students we start each new school year gradually having them come in 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon for the first week. Starting the second week they come in for the full extended day, 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Monday – Thursday, and 9:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Fridays.

Elementary students attend Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM beginning the first day of school.

Please download the forms and email the office to schedule your tour to begin the application process.

Tuition is for a full school year of approximately nine months. There are four interest-free payment plans available:

Single Payment:
Pay the year’s tuition by August 1st and take 2% discount.
Two Payments:
1/2 of balance due September 1st, remainder due January 15th.
9 Payments:
1/9 of balance due monthly for 9 months beginning August 1st.
12 Payments:
1/12 of balance due monthly for 12 months beginning July 1st.

Base Tuition

Toddler 9:00am – 12:00, 2 days per week $1,800
Toddler 9:00am – 12:00, 3 days per week $2,650
Toddler 9:00am – 12:00, Monday – Friday $4,375
Preschool 9am – 12 (half day), Monday – Friday $4,195
Preschool 9 – 3 (full day) M-Th, 9am – 12 Friday $5,275
Extended Day (Kindergarten) 9am – 3pm M-Th, 9am – 12 Friday $5,275

* $200 sibling discount for families with more than one child enrolled in our program

Application Fee

$50 per child. This is a one-time processing fee and not refundable. It does not apply toward tuition.

Tuition Deposit

$100 per student, non-refundable, credited toward your 1st month’s tuition, due with enrollment contract each year.

Financial Aid

There is a limited amount of money available for scholarships. Montessori In The Woods awards scholarships based on the availability of funds and family need. It is our policy to assist as many families as possible with partial scholarships; full scholarships are not available. Please contact the office for more information.


Child Care Information Services of Erie County is an agency that offers parents resource and referral services to connect them with child care arrangements in their communities. The CCIS also provides information to parents about whether they are eligible for help in paying their child care costs. Montessori in the Woods works in conjunction with CCIS to help eligible families pay for childcare. Erie’s CCIS is located at 155 West 8th Street Suite # 316. They can be reached by phone at (814)451-6580. An application can be submitted online at:


1390 West Townhall Rd, Erie, PA 16509
Phone (814) 866-3760