Please read the following information carefully!
NEW this year: You must create an MMCI log-in account to enter the lottery. Once your account has been verified with a valid email address, you will be able to add children and confirm your lottery submission. The log-in creation and application will be available from January 4th through March 7th. Every application entered during the application period has an equal chance at selection; the lottery is a random drawing of application IDs. Please note that there is no opportunity to enroll in either of our schools outside of the lottery process.
Parents are strongly encouraged to tour the schools prior to completing an application for the lottery. To see a schedule of available tour dates and to read more about MMCI’s charter school programs, please visit the school websites at Monocacy Valley Montessori Public Charter School and Carroll Creek Montessori Public Charter School.
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. Kindergarten hours are 9:00 AM to 3:45 PM on Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 2:45 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.
CCMPCS has three classrooms at the Primary (age 3- Kindergarten), Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3) levels, and Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6) levels. CCMPCS will open one Middle School (Grade 7) classroom in the 2016-2017 school year. CCMPCS will continue to add a grade level with each year of matriculation until reaching capacity of PreK3 through Grade 8.
For more specific information on CCMPCS’s Spanish program, 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: email@example.com.
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 4, 2016 and close at 11:59 PM on March 7, 2016. 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 on your application should be completed before March 7, 2016 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Both applications for admission and changes to existing applications received after March 7, 2016 are not eligible to participate in either lottery. Starting March 8, 2016, parents must call either school to be placed at the bottom of the respective waiting list.
All children on your application must be residents of Frederick County by July 1, 2016.
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.
I have read the above information and am ready to create an MMCI log-in account where I can complete my application for the 2016-17 lotteries.