Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entrance requirements?

Children two to six years of age are accepted at Dubuque Montessori School without regard to ethnic, social, or religious background. Children will be enrolled, as openings are available. It is highly encouraged to attend the registration evening in February at Dubuque Montessori School.

Is there an order of priority in filling the openings?

Yes, children who already have a sibling attending Dubuque Montessori School with be given enrollment priority.

Does my child have to be potty trained?

No. Dubuque Montessori School is state regulated to change diapers. We will assist with potty training as the parent decides it is time to begin doing so. However, it is not an entrance requirement to be potty trained.

What if my child turns two after the first day of school?

In order to attend, children must be two on the first day of school. Names can be placed on a waiting list for attendance when the child does turn two years of age.

Is there tuition assistance available?

Yes. There are a number of ways in which to acquire tuition assistance, according to the state guidelines on income levels. Additionally, Dubuque Montessori School does offer scholarships based on income levels and family needs. Please talk to the school administrator regarding tuition assistance.

As a parent, can I be involved?

Yes! Dubuque Montessori School is a parent run organization. The Board of Directors is completely made up of parents whose children are attending school. Parent involvement is key to the overall success of the school.

Can I observe by child in the classroom environment?

Yes. Each classroom has a view area for parents to observe their child, without any awareness from the child. Additionally, parents are welcome to come and participate in the classroom with their child at any time.

What happens when a child leaves Montessori?

Montessori children are unusually adaptable. They have learned to work independently and in groups. Since they have been encouraged to make decisions from an early age, these children are problem solvers who can make choices and manage their time well.

Where can I learn more about Montessori and the philosophy Montessori education?

We have a library of books on Montessori education and books written by Dr. Maria Montessori. You are welcome to check these books out at any time.