Thank you for your interest in applying to West Side Montessori School.

The admission process for the 2019-2020 school year will begin in September 2018. There are limited spaces remaining for 2018-2019. For more information, please contact Judy Lyons, jlyons@wsmsnyc.org.


To be considered for September 2019 enrollment:

  • Multi-Age Program applicants must have been born on or before December 31, 2016.
  • Twos Program applicants must have been born between September 1, 2016 and September 1, 2017.

We regret that we cannot make exceptions to this policy.

Admissions Process

There are four steps to our admissions process:

STEP ONE – Application

Applications for the 2019-2020 school year will be posted online in September 2018.

In order to proceed with the steps below, an application must be on file. The confirmation email sent that confirms that your application has been successfully submitted includes guidance on how to proceed with steps 2-4 below.

STEP TWO – Classroom Observation

Classroom observations for families who have already submitted an application are held on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. beginning in mid-October and continuing through January. All applicants are invited to observe in our Multi-Age classrooms. These events are for parents only. Parents of sibling applicants are not required to attend. Information on how to schedule your Classroom Observation is included in your confirmation email.

STEP THREE – Parent Interview

After your classroom observation, you will be invited to schedule your parent interview. During this 30-minute visit, parents meet with a current or alumni WSMS parent from our Admissions Committee.

step four – Group Child Visit

After your classroom observation, Multi-Age Program applicants will also be invited to schedule a child visit. At this group session, children participate in a 20-minute classroom activity with WSMS teachers.


Judy Lyons at jlyons@wsmsnyc.org

Key Admission Dates

  • Application deadline January 8, 2018
  • Financial aid application deadline January 15, 2018
  • Appointment completion deadline January 15, 2018
Notification Dates and Reply Deadlines, according to ISAAGNY Guidelines (Independent School Admissions Association of Greater New York)
  • Early Decision Notification Dates (For siblings/legacy families who have chosen this option): between December 4, 2017 and January 19, 2018
  • Early Decision Parent Reply Deadline by noon on January 26, 2018
  • Regular Decision Notification Date March 1, 2018
  • Regular Decision Parent Reply Deadline: by noon on Friday March 9, 2018

West Side Montessori School welcomes students and families of any race, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.