How to Apply
Open enrollment dates for the 2019-2020 school year will be announced soon.
You may apply to enroll your child in our K-6th Program by completing a Student Enrollment Form and either dropping it off at our 1900 S Taft Hill Road location or mailing it to:
Fort Collins Montessori School
1900 S Taft Hill Road
Fort Collins, Colorado 80526
Forms must be received through the US Postal Service and postmarked no later than the last day of Open Enrollment. You will receive an email when your application is received. If you do not receive this notification within three days of mailing your application, email [email protected] to confirm that it has been received.
Admission to FCMS is determined based on a priority order for admission (see below). If there is more interest during Open Enrollment than there are spaces available, admission will be determined by lottery one week after the last day of Open Enrollment.
After the lottery, notification of an offer for a position will be made by e‐mail no later than one business day after the lottery. After receiving the offer, we ask that applicants accept or decline the offer via email within two business days. If we do not receive an email reply within two business days, we will attempt to contact you by phone for two days. Should a family not respond to notification within four business days of an offer, their child’s name shall be withdrawn and that available spot will be offered to the child at the top of the waiting list. If you decline, we ask that you let us know; if we do not hear from you, we will assume you have declined. Once you accept, you will receive an Enrollment Packet. Completed enrollment packets must be received at our school office within 2 weeks of acceptance. Applicants who are not selected by the lottery will be placed on the waiting list for the desired grade and may receive an offer for enrollment as spaces become available.
Children may apply for Kindergarten at FCMS without previous Montessori experience. An applicant who has not had previous Montessori experience will have the same chance of enrolling at the school as an applicant with prior Montessori experience.
Post‐Lottery Enrollment, K‐6th
For K‐6th, Post‐Lottery Enrollment is February 12, 2018 – September 28, 2018. To apply, please complete a Student Enrollment Form. Mail completed forms to:
Fort Collins Montessori School
1900 S Taft Hill Rd
Fort Collins, CO, Colorado 80526
Forms must be delivered by the US Postal Service and postmarked no later than the last day of Post‐Lottery Enrollment. Applications received during Post‐Lottery Enrollment will be placed on the appropriate waiting list if there are no spaces available (see Priority Order for Admission, below, for information on what waiting list is appropriate for your child). Note that waiting lists are continually adjusted to maintain priority order for admission. When spaces become available, an offer for that space will be made to the next person on the waiting list at the time the space becomes available. This offer will be made within five business days of the space becoming available. No new offers for K‐6th enrollment will be made after Sept 28, 2018.
You will receive an email when your application is received. If you do not receive this notification within three days of mailing your application, email [email protected] to confirm that it has been received.
Priority order for admission to FCMS:
For each grade level where the number of new applicants exceeds the number of spaces available, and during Post‐Lottery Enrollment as applicants are added to the waiting list, the determination of placement for each applicant shall be made based on the following order of priority:
- Currently enrolled students (Preschool and K-6th grade), who have submitted an Intent to Re-enroll form by January 19, 2018.
- Children and grandchildren of “founding families,” defined as (1) members of the Fort Collins Montessori School Board of Directors at the time the Charter was approved who have committed to serving a full three year term, and (2) families who submitted an Intent to Enroll Form for at least one child by the last business day of June 2013, AND who completed at least 20 hours of volunteerism with FCMS by August 15, 2013.
- Children of full‐time staff.
- Siblings of Fort Collins Montessori School students.
a. Should there be more siblings of Fort Collins Montessori School students than enrollment openings for a given grade level, enrollment shall be offered by computerized random selection from this priority group for the affected grade level.
b. Sibling means: any child/children living in the same household or with a common parent(s)/legal guardian in separate households. This includes children who become siblings by marriage and/or adoption. Any sibling born while a student is enrolled may retain that status even if the original student graduates from Fort Collins Montessori School before he/she reaches Kindergarten. If sibling priority is forfeited more than once, sibling priority will no longer be honored.
c. Any sibling offered a position in the first semester must enroll or forfeit their position, and are then subject to general lottery rules. Sibling priority applies to an applicant for K‐6th who has a sibling already enrolled in K‐6th. Sibling priority also applies to applicants for preschool (the 3 and 4‐year‐old program) who have a sibling in preschool or K‐6th. Sibling priority DOES NOT apply for an applicant to K‐6th who has a sibling only in the Preschool (3- and 4‐year old program).
- District residents (physical mailing address within the Poudre School District).
- All non‐district residents.
Applicants who were not placed during the lottery will remain on the waiting list. The waiting list shall be continually adjusted to ensure that the students are in the priority order for admission. When making such adjustments, the order of students within each priority level shall be determined by their length of time on the waiting list. Whenever space becomes available in a grade level, applicants shall be considered for acceptance at that time in order of their placement on the waiting list. Offers for newly available spaces will be made within five business days of the space becoming available. Each waiting list will remain active for the duration of the Post‐Lottery Enrollment period (Feb 12, 2018‐September 28, 2018 for K‐6th; February 12, 2018 through the end of the 2018‐2019 school year for Preschool). In order to participate in the subsequent year’s lottery, parents must again follow the Open Enrollment procedures for that year.