Montessori Program

Montessori Application Timeline for School Year 2023-24

Feb. 1 to April 17, 2023: CLOSED Application Window
Feb. 1 after 4 p.m. Families are able to upload documents and submit an online application.
April 17 at 11:59 p.m. The application window closes.
May 3 at 1 p.m. Pre-K and Montessori (including Primary Montessori) live lottery online.
By midnight, May 8 Families are notified of their acceptance or placement on the waitlist.
May 19 Families who have been offered a space for the following school year must confirm or decline attendance.
May (TBD) The application window reopens for programs with open spaces or for families that would like to get on a waitlist.

How to Apply

  • Complete an application through our online application portal
    • View a short video to help you create an online account and apply (English) (Spanish) (Mongolian) (Amharic)
    • We can help! If you need assistance or do not have access to a computer, contact the APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 (option 3) or
  • Upload the following documents to the online portal with your application.
    • Copy of original birth certificate
    • Copy of Identification card of either parents/ guardian

We’re Here to Help!

For questions about the Montessori program, contact the Early Childhood Office at 703- 228-8632.

For questions or assistance with the application process, contact APS Welcome Center at 703-228-8000 (option 3) or

Learn about the Montessori Program through our annual video presentation, and a day in the life of Montessori.

APS celebrates 47 years of Montessori education. APS currently offers:

Montessori education, based on the work of Maria Montessori, is an interdisciplinary, multi-age approach to learning. Students work independently and cooperatively in a prepared environment that allows students to work at their own pace. Montessori teaching materials are designed to promote habits of concentration, initiative, persistence, and discovery, while the Montessori philosophy and community emphasizes respect for others, peace, and creativity.

Primary Montessori Locations

A full-day Montessori Pre-K program is offered at 6 elementary schools (16 primary classrooms) and is for students ages three to five. See the list below to determine what Primary Montessori location you can apply to in addition to the Montessori Public School of Arlington.*

*Important: All families can apply to the Montessori Public School of Arlington regardless of where they live in Arlington.

If your neighborhood elementary school is: Your Primary Montessori location is:
Abingdon or Oakridge Oakridge
Alice West Fleet, Barrett, Dr. Charles R. Drew, Hoffman-Boston, Long Branch, or Randolph Alice West Fleet
Arlington Science Focus, Innovation, Jamestown, Taylor, or Glebe Jamestown
Ashlawn, Cardinal, Discovery, Nottingham, or Tuckahoe Discovery
Carlin Springs or Barcroft Carlin Springs



  • All students in the 3-year-old year pay a fee for the program.
  • All 3-year-olds are entered gradually so they can have an opportunity to adjust to the classroom at their own pace.
  • Two weeks of tuition is charged for the first month of school for new students.
  • Returning students will be charged tuition for the whole month.
  • Fees are based on a sliding scale based on the family household income.
  • Students in the 4-year-old year whose household income is below $120,560 for the 2023-2024 school year, do not pay a fee for that year.
  • The 5-year-old year is considered the kindergarten year. There is no fee for the kindergarten year 2023-2024.
  • Montessori and CPP Fees FY24 adopted 

Transportation Transportation is only provided to students enrolled in the Primary and Elementary Montessori Programs at the Montessori Public School of Arlington.