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Policy and Procedures

Admission Policy

Bay Montessori School has no religious affiliation and is open to all children between the ages of two and twelve years regardless of race, religion, national origin or sexual preference.


We consider the child's personality, gender, age ratios, and the make-up of the existing classes to determine which class will best suit your child.

Class Size

The average class size is as follows:


  • The Preprimary class serves 8 children ages 24 to 36 months (or until developmentally ready) with one credentialed Montessori Infant/Toddler Teacher.  If more than 8 children are enrolled an assistant will be in the classroom

  • The Primary morning program serves 18 – 24 children ages 3 to 6 years with one credentialed Montessori Teacher and one Assistant.  Each Kindergarten class (afternoon) has 6 – 10 children, guided by a Primary Teacher.

  • The Lower Elementary program serves 22 - 28 children ages 6 – 9 with a credentialed Montessori Teacher and an Assistant.

  • The Upper Elementary/ Middle School program serves 10 – 15 children ages 9 – 14 with a credentialed Montessori Teacher.                    


School starts at 9:00am, please work together with your child to be here on time.  If you choose to escort your child to the door, please park in a parking spot.  If you walk your child to class we ask that you establish a very brief drop off routine with your child so they can learn to do the morning tasks themselves and so not to distract other children in the class. 


Children will be accompanied to their cars by a staff between 11:45 -12pm and 2:45 -3pm dismissals from the curb.  During inclement weather, please park your car and pick up your child from the designated classroom.  At noon the two-year olds will be picked up from their classroom and the three and four-year olds will be picked up from the Yellow Door.  At 3:00pm the two, three and four-year olds will be picked up from the Big House and all the Kindergarten and Elementary will be picked up from the back door of the Red Room.  A child will not be allowed to leave with anyone except his or her parents or the person designated on the emergency contact card, unless the teacher is notified in writing.

Dates and Hours

The academic year is from early September through early June.  The school year begins on a staggered basis with the returning children starting first. This staggered basis does not apply to kindergarten, elementary and middle school students.  Since Montessori provides individualized learning, a child may begin at any time during the school year. The kindergarten, elementary and middle school student must attend 170 days.


Hours of Operation:


  • Morning Montessori                9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

  • Full Day Montessori                 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Kind., Elem. & Middle School only)

  • Before/After School hours      6:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. (all ages)                                                                                                               12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (2, 3, & 4 Year olds)

                                                            3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (2-14 Year olds)


*Please note that Before/After School hours are daycare and not part of the educational program.

School Closing

The school will announce closings on the school message machine and it will be posted on our homepage.  At times it may be necessary to close school early because of weather conditions.  This will be emailed to parents, posted on facebook and placed on our homepage.


If you wish to have your child celebrate his or her birthday at school, please contact the teacher. Bay will not distribute birthday invitations.

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