In the special environment prepared for them in our schools, the children themselves found a sentence that expressed their inner need: “Help me to do it by myself.”

– Maria Montessori

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IMAP Admission Process

We are delighted that you are considering Isthmus Montessori Academy Public for your child’s education. Selecting your child’s educational path is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. We are confident that IMAP provides children with a nurturing environment that fosters lifelong learning, independent thinking and awareness about the global community. Our admissions process is designed to ensure that our school is a good fit for both your child and your family.

Children in grades 4 year old kindergarten through 10th are eligible for the Montessori program.  As a Madison Metropolitan School District charter school, children who reach age 4 by September 1st of a given academic year, can be enrolled in our half-day kindergarten program, while those who are 5 may enroll in our full-day program, with tuition covered by public funds. This also follows for children in the elementary, middle and high school programs.

How to Enroll

Step 1: Attend a Silent Journey & Discovery or Informational Event

We invite you to take the first step in our admissions process by attending our two part Silent Journey & Discovery event by experiencing IMAP through the lens of quiet observation.  These events are required for parents to learn about our program, our philosophy, the Montessori method and school policies and procedures.  Due to the nature of this tour, we require registration and limit participants.  If you are unable to attend our two part event we have a couple more informational events you can attend or your can contact our admissions team to schedule an alternate date.

Silent Journey & Discovery event Dec 6 6-7 pm and Dec 7 9-12 pm

We recommend you attend one informational session after you attend the Silent Journey & Discovery.  Alternatively please attend one of our these sessions if you can’t attend the Silent Journey & Discovery:

Step 2: Complete an Application for Admission

After attending the Silent Journey and Discovery event and/or information session please complete our Application for Admission form which will be emailed to you shortly after attending.   Submission of a completed Application for Admission to IMAP does not secure or guarantee a place for your child.  You will be notified within 5 business days that your application has been received.  If spots are available for the upcoming school year you will be notified of your child’s acceptance into the program.  If capacity has been reached you will be added to a waiting list.  A lottery will be held to determine enrollment and priority order for the waiting list.

Step 3: Complete Enrollment Requirements

Once your child has been accepted to IMAP, you will receive an email with a link to complete our Enrollment form and other required forms for admission.  Families have ten business days from notification to submit the enrollment form.

A Diverse Community

Isthmus Montessori Academy Public does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender expression, religion, disability, sexual orientation, national and/or ethnic origin in the admissions process, its educational policies, programs, and activities, or employment.  IMAP is committed to enrolling a community that reflects the diversity of the Madison Area, including that of race, ethnicity, family structure, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, and socio-economics.

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