Enrollment FAQs

Central Montessori Academy – Toddler, Preschool and Elementary in Northwest Cincinnati

We are an independent Montessori school nurturing and developing young scholars from toddler through sixth grade.

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Enrollment FAQs

Do I have to wait until a certain time frame to enroll my child?
At CMA, enrollment applications are accepted throughout the year. A priority enrollment period is offered to current CMA families in February for the following school year, and Open Enrollment begins in March.

Do I have to live in the area or school district where CMA is in order to attend there?
No, you don’t have to live near CMA to attend school here. We are a private school within the Mt. Healthy school district. We have children enrolled in CMA from all over the Tri-State area.

Does my child need to be potty-trained to go to CMA?
Unless your child is entering in the toddler classroom. Yes, the State of Ohio requires children attending CMA to have their bathroom duties mastered.

Are there any Scholarships available to apply for at CMA to help with the cost of tuition for my child?
Central Montessori Academy currently has a tuition assistance program. Visit this site to learn more and see if you would be eligible

Does CMA offer Transportation for students to and from school?
CMA does not offer Transportation mainly due to the size of our parking lot, as it is not large enough to accommodate buses. CMA does however help with the process of applying for “In-Lieu Of” transportation for you directly to your school district. This program is for students K-6 and it basically gets you a small refund at the end of the school year from your school district since parents are driving their children to and from CMA.

Will my child have to take an entrance test at the Student Interview to be accepted at CMA?
At the Student Interview, our teachers will work one-on-one with your child and do their evaluating based on our curriculum guidelines. The pre-primary students will work with a teacher for about 20-30 minutes and the elementary students spend a half-day with us. The goal is to make sure we are a right fit for your child and your child is a good match for CMA.

Do you have hot lunch at CMA?
Our students have always packed their lunches and typically eat in their classroom in small groups. When it’s nice outside, our elementary students eat outside on their classroom patios.

How does CMA handle the tuition? Can you make payments or do you have to pay it all at once?
Tuition can be paid spread monthly over the maximum of 10 payments. Any other payment plans need to be arranged with our Business Manager.

Is there a discount offered to families enrolling more than one child?
CMA does offer a multi-child discount to families with more than one full time student enrolled. The discounts are: For two children 10% discount off the oldest child’s tuition. Families with three of more children enrolled, 10% discount for all children.

What is CMA’s acceptance policy?
Children already enrolled in the school, and their siblings, have priority for enrollment over children who are applying for enrollment for the first time. In addition, children whose educational background is consistent with the Montessori method will have priority for enrollment over children whose background is otherwise.

A key objective in CMA’s acceptance policy is to develop the proper balance in age, gender and maturity in each class. With this consideration in mind, the faculty and administration confer to determine the admission of each child.

Non-Discrimination Policy: Central Montessori Academy recruits and admits students of any race, color, religion, or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities. In addition, the school will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, scholarships/loans/fee waivers, educational programs, and athletics/extracurricular activities. In addition, the school is not intended to be an alternative to court or administrative agency-ordered, or public school district-initiated, desegregation.