1. School Tour
The first step in our admission process is to schedule an informational meeting and tour of the school. This enables parents/guardians to discover “who we are” and to learn more about our values, philosophy, and practices in educating children. A classroom visit allows parents to further observe the Montessori classroom in progress, giving visitors an up close look at our unique environment. To set up your tour, call us at 830.229.5377 or contact us.
We encourage you to discuss as a family whether Montessori and HCMS are the right fit for your child. If you believe HCMS is a good fit for your child, complete the Admission Application and return it to HCMS with the non-refundable $75.00 application fee.
In addition to the application, students in grades 2nd – 8th are required to submit 1.) Transcripts and 2.) a Letter of Recommendation from the previous school administration and teacher.
3. Interview and Observation
Upon receipt of the Admission Application, HCMS will contact you to schedule a student observation, as well as a parent/guardian interview with the Head of School.
- Toddler (18 months-3 years) and Early Childhood candidates (3-6 years) participate in a thirty minute to one-half day long visit in the applicable classroom.
- Elementary (6-12 years) and Middle School (12-14 years) candidates spend one to two full days in an Elementary or Middle School classroom.
The parent/guardian interview is a time to meet one-on-one with the Head of School. At the interview, you will spend time getting to know one another, and discuss why you believe a Montessori education is right for your child. Montessori education supports the creative thinking process. We value “process” over the “product” and believe this philosophy leads to even greater academic achievement and fulfillment in life.
4. Application Decision
Following the completed observations, all applicable paperwork is submitted to the HCMS Admissions Committee for the acceptance decision. Admission decisions are based on an evaluation of the child’s school visit, school transcripts, letters of recommendation (for students in 2nd – 8th grade), and parent/guardian interview. Admission decisions are communicated via phone or in writing.
5. Financial Assistance
Families may apply for financial assistance after receiving notice of acceptance of their child. Please see our Financial Assistance page for more information.
Along with notice of acceptance, the enrollment contract is presented for signature. Upon receipt of the signed contract and non-refundable enrollment deposit, the child is considered enrolled.
HCMS admits students of any economic and social class, racial or ethnic heritage, religious belief, and family structure.