How to Enroll

Shaw Montessori is part of Phoenix Elementary School District #1 and offers a free public Montessori education. Phoenix Elementary School District #1 offers open enrollment, meaning that individuals can live outside of the school district boundary and still attend Shaw Montessori. The campus is at 123 North 13th Street with primary, elementary and middle school classrooms.

Shaw Montessori admits students of any economic and social class, racial and ethnic heritage, religious belief and family structure. In order to be considered for the Primary Program, a child must be 3, 4 or 5 by September 1st. Children who are 6, 7 or 8 by September 1st will be considered for our Junior Elementary Program and children who are 9, 10 or 11 by September 1st are considered for Senior Elementary. The Middle School Program serves students who are 12-14 years of age.

Generally, placement is done from a wait list based on availability for each age. By and large, the 3 year old age has the most openings.

Augustus H. Shaw Montessori is participating in a longitudinal study being conducted by The Riley Institute at Furman University. The flip side of the wait list application provides details and provides participation information.

Admission Process

Wait List Application

Please fill out the wait list application; you can email scan it to OR fax it to 602-257-2954. Note: during the summer the fax machine is only available Monday-Thursday.

Information Meetings, Tours and Classroom Observations

Attend an information meeting which includes campus tour and classroom observation. Meetings are held in January.

Wait List Notification

A lottery is held at the beginning of April for the various openings. The office manager then calls lottery allocations to make an appointment for the enrollment paperwork to be completed.

Classroom Size

Primary classrooms have 26 children with 2 adults – the teacher and an instructional assistant. Currently the class size for elementary school classrooms is 32 students with 2 adults. The Middle School program has up to 50 adolescents with 2 teachers and 1 instructional assistant.

Placement Decisions

Administration and teaching staff make placement decisions. The optimal dynamic in a Montessori class calls for a careful balance of age, gender and the diverse needs and contributions of the children. Please trust that we will make the best decision possible based on our knowledge of your child and the teachers knowledge of their own classroom communities to create a balanced Montessori classroom. Placement decisions are finalized by June 30th.

Back-to-School Night

School starts the first week of August and Back-to-School Night is held the Monday before. Back-to-School Night postcards with all the details are mailed the second week of July. Various logistical and community information – from the district, school and PTA – is disseminated and discussed, ie: final bus routes and class rosters are posted. Parents are then invited to go to the classroom(s) to meet the teacher, obtain supply lists, and verify/update enrollment paperwork. Due to the administrative nature of this event, Shaw Montessori’s Back-to-School Night is mandatory and is for parents only.

Supplementary Information

Before and Aftercare Program, After School Enrichment Activities and Intramural Sports

Various programs are offered for Kindergarten through 8th grade. The age range varies depending on the program. Preschool (3 and 4 year olds) are not eligible. For more information, please see “Programs” under the main menu options.

School Calendar and Campus Schedules

The Phoenix Elementary Governing Board adopted a 180 day calendar which is posted on the web site. Please note that every Wednesday, except for the first and last Wednesday of the school year and the Wednesdays during AIMS testing, is an early release days. Early Release impacts Kindergarten through 8th grade students.

Students in Kindergarten through 8th grade start on the first day of school. Returning preschool students start one week after the kindergarten students and new preschool students have staggered start dates an additional week later. Pre-school students (3 and 4 year olds) dismiss mid-day; Kindergarten through 8th grade have a full day schedule.