The application period for the 2015-16 school year has closed. The lottery will be held at Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School (217 Dill Ave in Frederick) on March 24, 2015 at 6pm and is open to the public. There is no opportunity to enroll in either of our schools outside of the lottery process.
Applicants (who applied between January 5 and March 9, 2015) will receive a postal letter with the lottery results in the week following the drawing. Please do not call the schools requesting lottery information as the school staff do NOT have lottery results. We mail thousands of letters following the lottery drawing, so we do appreciate your patience in receiving your results.
The lottery application for the 2016-17 school year will become available in January of 2016.
How Do I Enroll My Child?
Admission to Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School (MVMPCS) and Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School (CCMPCS) is determined by two separate lotteries. There is no opportunity to enroll in either of our schools outside of the lottery process. Siblings of children already enrolled at MVMPCS or CCMPCS, children of CCMPCS Founding Family members, and children of Faculty/Staff at either school have priority for placement in available spots at the corresponding school. If there are additional openings in any grade level, the lottery determines the placement of additional students and establishes the order of the waiting list for that school.
Enrollment forms and other required registration paperwork will not be accepted by either school until your child has been offered a spot at that school. If your child is selected for admission to one or both schools, you will need to accept the desired placement (instructions are mailed) and you will need to fill out an FCPS enrollment form. Parents of children not currently enrolled in FCPS will also have to complete an immunization form and a record of physical examination, provide proof of residency (i.e. current utility bill), and proof of birth for each child.
Primary Program (Pre-K through Kindergarten)
Both schools offer a no-fee Primary Program for three-year-olds and four-year-olds as well as a full-day Kindergarten. Your child must be three by September 1st to enter the three-year-old program, four by September 1st to enter the four-year-old program, and five by September 1st to enter Kindergarten. The three-year-old and four-year-old program hours are 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday through Friday. Kindergarten hours are 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM on Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 2:45 PM on Friday.
CCMPCS Spanish Program
CCMPCS has three classrooms at the Primary (age 3- Kindergarten) and Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3) levels; and two classrooms at the Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6) level. CCMPCS will open its third Upper Elementary classroom in the 2015-2016 school year. We will continue to add a grade level with each year of matriculation until we reach a capacity of PreK3 through Grade 8.
Two classrooms at each level are Spanish Enrichment classes. One classroom at each level offers a Dual-Language Spanish program. The Upper Elementary program will open its Dual-Language Spanish classroom in the 2015-2016 school year (for Grade 4 only).
For more specific information on CCMPCS’s Spanish programs, please visit the Spanish Program page.
Parental Involvement in MMCI’s Charter Schools
Active involvement of parents is at the heart of the charter school philosophy and is necessary for the successful operation of both schools. We ask parents to volunteer 30 hours a year (10 hours for single parent families). Specific ways in which parents might contribute include:
- Serving on the Board Of Trustees (BOT) for Monocacy Montessori Communities, Inc. (MMCI).
- Serving on either school’s Governing Council (GC) and its working subcommittees.
- Serving as a teacher to students wishing to master a particular skill.
- Offering presentations or short courses to a class in response to student interest.
- Accompanying students on field trips.
- Assisting and participating in special events.
- Coordinating and assisting with school clubs and activities.
In addition, parents are encouraged to attend teacher conferences, meetings of the MMCI corporation and social gatherings for the school community.
No lottery application is necessary for a currently enrolled student who wishes to remain at his or her current school.
Is Montessori a Good Match for My Child?
The following information will help you determine whether the Montessori approach embraced by our schools is right for your child. Basic tenets of the Montessori approach include:
- It is natural for children to want to engage in meaningful work that is relevant to them
- Children will be self-directed when given the opportunity to do so
- Children will operate with as much independence as possible
- Children will remain engrossed in their work for long periods of time
- The work itself should be rewarding for children; external rewards and praise are counterproductive because they teach the child to look to others for validation
- Children learn from natural consequences
- Children should be taught to advocate for themselves
- Children will teach each other and learn from each other
In a Montessori classroom, you will find:
- Long uninterrupted periods of time for work (3 hours or more every morning)
- Students working individually or in small groups on a work plan the student created or helped to create
- Small group or individual instruction
- Multi-age classrooms spanning three grade levels (two levels in the MVMPCS Middle School)
- Teachers working with students to make decisions about their learning
- Busy classrooms with many different activities occurring at once
- Students freely moving around the classroom as needed
- Self-directed students working without frequent adult intervention
- Classroom sizes of 25-30 students
- A peace-loving environment where everyone is expected to treat themselves, others, and the materials with respect
- Children pursuing their interests in a variety of ways (projects, clubs, etc.)
- Many field trips (often planned by students)
- Teachers observing students and modeling the behaviors of a lifelong learner
In a Montessori classroom, you will not find:
- Extrinsic reward systems such as sticker charts
- Competitions between students
- Desks in rows
- Extensive teacher-directed, whole-group instruction
- A large number of paper and pencil tasks
- Silent classrooms: learning involves interactions with other students
- Extensive homework
Some children handle the transition from a traditional school very well. Some children, especially in the higher grades, may experience difficulty with the transition. The staff will work with students to teach them the skills they need to become more self-directed and students are then expected to show increased independence over time.
Thank you for your interest in our schools! Please contact the MMCI Admissions Committee with any questions you have about the schools or about the lottery and enrollment process. The Admissions Committee can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School (MVMPCS) and the Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School (CCMPCS) will be determined from the results of two separate lotteries. Although applications for both schools are being accepted using one application form, the admission processes for the two schools are completely separate, and applicants will only be considered for admission into the school or schools requested on the application form. Thus, applicants are advised to be thorough when reading and completing the application materials, and to clearly indicate, where requested, the school or schools for which they want to participate in the public lottery.
The lottery application form will open on January 5, 2015 and close at 11:59 PM on March 9, 2015. Please complete only one application for your family that includes every child who wishes to apply for admission to either school. Additional applications will be discarded. Any changes you need to submit to your application before March 9, 2015 should be emailed to email@example.com. Both applications for admission and changes to existing applications received after March 9, 2015 are not eligible to participate in either lottery and will be placed at the bottom of the waiting list.
In 2015-16, CCMPCS will offer three Dual-Language Spanish classrooms where the majority of the core academic instruction will be provided in Spanish, while reading and literacy instruction will also be provided in English; these classrooms are available for three-year-olds through 4th graders. The other classrooms at CCMPCS will offer the core academic instruction in English with Spanish enrichment four times per week; these classrooms are available for three-year-olds through 6th graders. Grades 7 through 8 are not available for CCMPCS for 2015-16.
All children on your application must be residents of Frederick County by July 1, 2015.
MMCI will use the contact information provided on the lottery form for correspondence regarding the lottery and any other charter school related subjects in the future.