Please read the following information carefully! If you have questions regarding lottery and enrollment processes that are not answered below, please contact the MMCI Admissions Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The lottery open application period for the 2017–18 school year will begin on January 3, 2017 and close at 11:59 PM on March 6, 2017.
Parents are strongly encouraged to tour the schools prior to completing an application for the lottery. Please visit the school websites at Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School and Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School to read more about MMCI’s charter school programs. Read more about how to join a school tour at MVMPCS tours and CCMPCS tours.
How Do I Apply?
Admission to Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School (MVMPCS) and Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School (CCMPCS) is determined from the results of two separate lotteries. There is no opportunity to enroll in either of our schools outside of the lottery process. FCPS charter regulations (Policy 440) and Maryland state law (SB 595) govern the lottery and acceptance process.
Applications are submitted and results are displayed via your MMCI log-in account. If you created an MMCI log-in account last year, you MUST use the same account this year. You can retrieve your username and password using the email address you validated when creating your account. If you have never created an MMCI log-in account, please follow the instructions to create one and then validate your email address. During the application period, you will be able to add, edit, or delete children on your application before confirming your lottery submission. Outside of the application period, you will be able to view previous lottery results.
Only one log-in account is allowed per family; duplicate accounts will be identified and deleted. Each log-in account must be verified with a valid email address, and you will be asked to provide a mailing address and telephone number. Please provide accurate information as we use it to communicate with accepted applicants both immediately following the lottery and throughout the year for wait list openings. If you need to change your contact information, please do so during the application period via the “Edit Profile” link in your account.
Applications for both schools are accepted using one application form; however, the lotteries for the two schools are completely separate. The applicant pool for each lottery is unique and the results from one school’s lottery have no impact on the results for the other school’s lottery. Applicants are advised to be thorough when reading and completing application materials, and to clearly indicate, where requested, the school or schools for which they want to participate in the public lottery. The children on one family application can apply to different lotteries (e.g., an 8th grader for MVMPCS and a 4th grader for Both Schools).
How do the lotteries work?
Each lottery is a random drawing of family application IDs. Each family’s application has an equal chance of being selected during the general lottery, regardless of when the application was entered during the application period. When a family application ID is pulled, each child on that application is compared to the remaining openings available at the requested grade levels and the results are recorded as either accepted or wait listed for each child.
Priority lotteries are run prior to the general lottery at each school. The first priority lottery is for children of faculty/staff employed at each school. The second priority lottery is for siblings of children currently enrolled at each school on the day of the lottery. CCMPCS has requested to run a third priority lottery for Native Spanish Speaking Students where 50% of slots remaining after the faculty/staff and sibling lotteries would go to applicant children who already speak Spanish. Native Spanish Speaking Student Priority is pending Maryland State Board of Education approval. If it is not approved, the information will be collected on the application but not used for priority placements in the 2017 lottery. For all priority lotteries, if a slot is not available for a priority student, that student receives a priority wait list number. Also, MVMPCS priority applicants do not receive priority in the CCMPCS lottery and vice versa.
After the priority lotteries are run, the general lottery determines the placement of the remaining applicants at each school. If a child on a family’s application is accepted, the other children on that application who were not accepted are given priority wait list numbers for that school. If none of the children on a family’s application are accepted, all children are given general wait list numbers. At the conclusion of the general lottery, the list of accepted students per grade level and the wait list numbers per grade level are certified by MMCI Admissions, the school principals, and FCPS.
The acceptance and wait list results are posted to the MMCI accounts the day after the lottery. Children will remain on the active wait list until the next year’s lottery is pulled. At that point, those wait lists are discarded and the results of the new lottery become the active wait list. You must re-apply and re-confirm your application every year during the open application period for any student not currently attending your desired school.
No lottery application is necessary for a currently enrolled student who wishes to remain at his or her current school.
How do I enroll my child?
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 by returning the Statement of Enrollment Intent. You will need to fill out an FCPS enrollment form. Both the Statement of Enrollment Intent and the FCPS Enrollment Form will be sent to you. If your child is accepted at both schools, you must choose only one school at which to enroll; once you have chosen, your spot at the other school will be released to others on the waitlist.
Parents of children not currently enrolled in FCPS will also have to complete an immunization form and a record of physical examination, provide current proof of residency (i.e. utility bill) within the last three months, and proof of birth for each child.
Current FCPS students enrolling/transferring to MVMPCS or CCMPCS will need to provide a current proof of residency. The other documentation (health records, student cumulative file, etc.) will be requested from the sending school.
All children on your application must be residents of Frederick County by July 1, 2017.
Proof of immunizations must be on file prior to the first day of school in order for students to attend on the first day.
Montessori Multi-Age Classrooms
There are four distinct age groupings in our Montessori schools: Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School.
The Primary classrooms include students from age 3 through 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. Early entrance to Kindergarten is only granted via the FCPS Kindergarten Early Entrance process. Please note: we cannot hold a spot for your child in both Pre-K and Kindergarten while you wait for FCPS results; if you request a Grade Level Exception for Kindergarten and are offered a Kindergarten spot via the lottery, you will forfeit that spot if your child is not approved for early entrance by FCPS in early summer. There is no early entrance for three-year-olds or four-year-olds. In addition, Primary students are not permitted delayed entrance. All children in Montessori programs progress at their own pace. Kindergarten hours are 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Friday. The three-year-old and four-year-old program hours are 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Monday through Friday. Pre-K students are required to be independently toileting before the start of the school year.
The other three multi-age groupings in our schools include: Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3), Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6), and Middle School (Grades 7-8). The September 1st birthday cut-off also applies to these grade levels; however, there is a place on the application to indicate if your student should be applying for a different grade level based on their current grade level. Grade Level Exceptions are approved by the principals and outcomes are emailed. School hours for 1st through 8th graders are 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM on Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM on Friday.
CCMPCS Spanish Program
For more specific information on CCMPCS’s Spanish program, please visit the Spanish Program page.
MVMPCS and CCMPCS do not provide transportation. You must arrange to deliver your child(ren) to and from school each day. If you have three-year-old or four-year-old children in addition to older children who are accepted, you will be responsible for one drop-off and two pick-ups per day. Fee-based before care and after care are available for Kindergarten and up. There is no before care or after care for three-year-old or four-year-old students.
Fees and Fundraising for MMCI’s Charter Schools
MVMPCS and CCMPCS are public charter schools. There is no fee for public school. However, since charter schools receive 70% of the funding per pupil given to traditional public schools, we must raise funds to bridge the gap. All MVMPCS and CCMPCS parents are automatic voting members of Monocacy Montessori Communities Inc. (MMCI), the non-profit that holds the charter agreements with FCPS. Per Maryland charter school law, MMCI must exist for our charter schools to exist. Families are requested to contribute to the MMCI Annual Fund Campaign every year to maintain regular operations of our schools. MMCI also participates in the Combined Federal Campaign and Maryland Charity Campaign and welcomes charitable contribution matching if available at your employer. Each school might also run campaigns for specific fundraising goals.
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. It is expected that families volunteer 30 hours per 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 guide 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.
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!
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