FAQ

About Admissions

May I visit Montessori Academy of Naples?

Absolutely!   You may schedule a private tour by calling the office at 239-597-2255 or visit us at one of our monthly open houses.

What are the drop-off and pick-up options?

Regular morning arrival is between 8:00 and 8:30 A.M.  Regular dismissal is from 3:00 to 3:15 P.M.   Half-day dismissal options for eligible students are before lunch from 11:30 to 11:45 A.M. and after lunch from 12:30 to 12:45P.M

Is there an application fee?

Yes.  The application fee is $50 per child.

Is there an application deadline?

No.  Montessori Academy of Naples accepts applications throughout the year.  Enrollment is based on program openings.

What is the tuition?

Tuition varies depending on the program and dismissal options.  Click here to view MAN’s Tuition Schedule.

What is the application process?

Fill out an online Admissions Inquiry form and/or call the office and schedule a tour of the school.  Fill out an application and submit it with the application fee of $50.   Meet with a teacher.  Enrollment offers are extended on a first-come, first-served basis as designated classroom openings become available.

When are tuition payments due?

Tuition payments are due on the 1st of the month.

What are the tuition payment options?

You may choose to pay tuition in a one-time annual payment due on August first.  There is a 2% tuition discount with this option.  You may also choose to pay monthly through the school year.  Payments are due on the 1st of each month from August through May.

When can I expect to hear about admission decisions?

Admission is offered based on designated classroom openings and on a first-come, first served basis.

Do you have a waiting list?

Yes.  Students are placed on the wait list once they have completed the application process and remitted all applicable forms, documents, and fees.

Do you have a financial aid program?

Montessori Academy of Naples has limited financial assistance available.  

Do you offer scholarships?

MAN is certified to accept School Readiness, VPK, Step Up for Students, and McKay scholarships.

About Montessori

Is Montessori affiliated with a particular religion?

No.  Montessori Academy of Naples is a non-sectarian educational institution.

Why are the classrooms multi-aged?

The multi-aged classroom format allows for maximum overall development. Peers already established in the class solidify social, academic, and personal skills by mentoring newcomers. Newcomers benefit from the example of others as they watch them work and socialize. Seeing these seasoned students challenge themselves, learn through trial and error, succeed, and contribute to the classroom community helps newcomers envision the possibilities for themselves. Much like a family, older siblings take responsibility and teach younger siblings. The beauty of Montessori is that within the multi-aged environment, all students begin as newcomers and all will have the opportunity to become mentors.

Is Montessori too structured or too unstructured?

Montessori is neither too structured nor too unstructured but is rather a system of balance. There are firm and consistent expectations within the classroom. The child’s freedom to choose is always balanced by the child’s ability to make productive choices. Physical, social, personal, and academic development are all of equal importance as is development of work habits and study skills, community awareness and contribution, and self-motivation and self-discipline. Montessori can address individually differing developmental priorities at differing times during the child’s development.

 

How can I help my child learn to read?

The best way to help your child learn to read is to read– read to them, read near them, read for pleasure, discuss what you read, engage in conversations about the vocabulary and content within your readings.  

About Montessori Academy of Naples

What is the curriculum?

Montessori Academy of Naples follows the Montessori Curriculum which is a comprehensive pedagogy that includes an integrated approach to education.  Curriculum areas include language including reading, writing and oral language, sensorial, math, science, physical and political geography, history and cultural studies, art, music, practical living, and social development.

How old do you have to be to attend Montessori Academy of Naples?

Montessori Academy of Naples serves students from 2 months to 15 years old.

What is the daily schedule?

Arrival is from 8:00 to 8:30 A.M for all programs.  (Students registered in the early arrival program may begin arriving at 7:30A.M)

8:30 to 11:45 is a combination of group activities, open class work cycle, and outdoor time.

12:00 to 12:45 is lunchtime

12:45 to 3:00 is a second work cycle for older students, and a nap time for younger students.

3:00 to 3:15P.M. is regular dismissal

3:15 to 5:30P.M. is After School.

5:30P.M.  school closes.

Do you have part-time programs?

All Montessori Academy of Naples programs are five days per week.  Half-day programs are available in some programs.

How old does my child need to be to attend Montessori Academy of Naples?

Montessori Academy of Naples has programs for children from 2 months to 15 years old.

What are the grade levels?

Nido– infants from 2 to 18 months

Toddler– children from 15 to 36 months

Primary– children from 2 1/2 to 6 years– includes VPK, Extended Primary (kindergarten)

Elementary– children from 6 to 12 years– 1st through 6th grade

Adolescent– children from 12 to 15 years– 7th through 9th grade

Is there homework?

No, and yes.  In a Montessori setting, students are working all day so “homework”, as one thinks of it traditionally, is not necessary.  At the elementary and adolescent levels, students are required to read at home each evening and, periodically, may need to acquire materials or information for projects.  Students are also encouraged to participate in the work of the home such as helping to prepare meals, setting the table, and doing chores that help the family.  Involvement in the community is also encouraged. 

Do you have summer programs?

Yes.  Montessori Academy of Naples’ Summer Program runs through the months of June and July.

Do you have before and after school programs?

Yes.  The Early Arrival program is from 7:30 to 8:00A.M.  Advanced registration is required in this program.  The After School Program is from 3:00 to 5:30 P.M.

What are MAN’s hours of operation?

The school is open from 7:30A.M to 5:30P.M. Monday through Friday.  Office Hours are from 9:00A.M. to 4:00P.M.

What is MAN’s school year?

Montessori Academy of Naples’ school year runs from mid-August through May.  Summer programs run through June and July.

Do the children wear a school uniform?

No students are not required to wear a school uniform but there is a dress code that requires student to wear character-free clothing, socks, and sneakers that are free of adornments such as lights, wheels, etc..

Is there a dress code?

Yes, Montessori Academy of Naples requires students to wear character-free clothing, socks,  and sneakers that are free of adornments such as lights, wheels, etc…  think “school clothes”.

Do you have a school lunch program?

Yes, Montessori Academy of Naples has a school lunch program.  Each meal consists of an entree plus fresh fruits and vegetables from MAN’s Organic Produce Co-op.  

Is a snack provided by the school?

Yes, Montessori Academy of Naples provides a morning and an After School snack for all programs with the exception of the infant program as their dietary needs are individualized.

Is Montessori Academy of Naples affiliated with a particular religion?

No.  Montessori Academy of Naples is a non-sectarian school.  Having said that, values of respect for others, kindness, charity, and community are fostered.

Do you have part-time programs?

All Montessori Academy of Naples programs are five days per week.  Montessori Academy of Naples does offer half-day programs to eligible students.

Do you have a VPK program?

Yes, Montessori Academy of Naples offers a limited number of VPK spaces.  Current students are given priority with remaining spaces, if any, filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

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