Admission Policies & Application
The school has a non-discriminatory admission policy for children who are approximately 3 to 6 years of age. Parents of prospective students are asked to make an appointment to observe the school and meet with the director. After observing the program, parents are welcome to fill out an application form. Siblings of currently enrolled students receive priority. Other applications are dated and filed and children are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Myrtle Farm Montessori School broadly follows the calendar of the Mount Diablo Unified School district with regular school day programs. A supplemental summer program is typically offered in July. All programs follow the Montessori principle of mixed age grouping (ages 3 – 6).
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Half Day Program
8:15 – 11:45 a.m.
An indoor work period starts the day. Children are free to choose among activities individually or in small groups. A nutritious snack provided by the school is available. The class comes together as a group for music movement, stories and a short daily lesson. Outdoor activities incorporate free play, gardening, animal care, carpentry and art.
Enriched Day Program
8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Students in this program are enrolled in the morning program with an additional 3 hours in the afternoon. Outdoor play, story time, and an indoor work period structure the afternoon. Group time is devoted to expanding the study of area of interest to the class, often in science and social studies. Pre-K and kindergarten students are guided through activities in areas of reading, writing, spelling, mathematical operations and scientific experiments. Outlets for self-expressions are available in music, drama, art and creative. Younger children who are not yet ready for the enrichment class enjoy a nap in the afternoon.
Full Day Program
7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Students in this program are enrolled full time and enjoy an extension of the afternoon work period in the classroom. Outdoor play, story time, and an indoor work period structure the afternoon.
Before and After School Childcare:
7:45 to 8:15 a.m. and 3:00 to 4 p.m.
In addition to the 8:15 – 3:00 regular school hours, children may stay for the early morning hour and from 3:15 – 4 p.m. on either a regular or occasional basis.
The summer session is optional and fees are separate from tuition for the academic year. Given sufficient enrollment, a summer session is typically offered for 3-4 weeks in July.
Program modifications may be made in response to changing Contra Costa County and Childcare licensing requirements including in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The director will discuss any program modifications required as a response to these circumstances during your school tour.