Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in the International Montessori Academy. We strive to inspire our students to be creative and flexible in achieving their goals- and to be globally-minded entrepreneurs.
 

The International Montessori Academy begins accepting applications for the 2020-2021 school year on October 1, 2019, at 10 AM.
 

Our school year runs from September - June. If you're looking for an immediate start date, we are in a rolling admissions phase for the 2019-2020 school year, and acceptance is based on availability for all three campuses. You can apply for the current school year by selecting the Mid to Late-Year application in Ravenna. 

 

Applications are generated based on the grade you specify on your child's student profile in Ravenna. Apply grades are based loosely on N2 age two or Toddler; PS age 3; PK age 4, and K age 5, as of the start of the school program. Based on your child's specified grade, you might have multiple application options. The application descriptions will help you decide the best option. If you are unsure about an application or classroom option, please email admissions@intlmontessoriacademy.com. 


The first step to admission is creating a Ravenna profile. The next step is signing-up for a tour at your family's preferred campus. Parent tours are offered on Tuesdays (West Bellevue Campus), Wednesdays (Capitol Hill Campus), and Thursdays (Eastgate Campus) at 9:30 AM & 10:15 AM. Once you've attended a tour and applied, the last step in scheduling a parent interview.

Steps to Admission

Step 1: Create a Ravenna Profile

Create a Ravenna Account

Step 1: Visit Ravenna to create a free account and explore the International Montessori Academy's admissions process.

Step 2: Register for a Tour

Parent tours are offered on Tuesdays (West Bellevue Campus), Wednesdays (Capitol Hill Campus), and Thursdays (Eastgate Campus) at 9:30 AM & 10:15 AM.

In your dashboard view, type in 'International Montessori Academy' and click on the school when it appears. (The address for the school defaults to our main campus in West Bellevue. You can specify which campus you’re interested in on the application). Make sure the drop down menu near the top says Fall of 2019 for an immediate start, and Fall 2020 for the 2020-2021 school year. 

1. Navigate to the School Directory in the Ravenna Menu on the left.

2. Type in 'International Montessori Academy' and click on the school when it appears. (The address for the school defaults to our main campus in West Bellevue. You can specify which campus you’re interested in on the application).

3. Select the "Upcoming Events" button located above the school's description.

4. Select the student you wish to register.

5. Chose the event you wish to register for from the list of available events. 

6. Click on the event you wish to register for and event details will be displayed. 

7. Enter the requested information and select the green "Register" button at the bottom of the page.

8. Review registered events by clicking on "Events" from the Ravenna Menu on the left. This event will now appear in the Events section, under the registered student.

For further instructions, visit Ravenna's Help Center

Step 3: Complete an Application

Step 1. Go to Applications in the Ravenna Menu on the left then click on your intended school.

Step 2. Complete all required form for the Preliminary Application. Schools will list the steps required in the Schools acknowledge required steps. 

Step 3. Check that all forms included in the preliminary application are all "Ready to Submit". If the forms are ready to submit, the 

   will be green. If it is still gray, please see why can't I submit my preliminary application.

Step 3. Click on 

Step 4. Enter in your payment information or waiver code and submit your Preliminary Application. The application fee is $75. 

Step 5. Click on   to see if you have any remaining Additional Steps to complete. Complete and submit all other necessary Additional Steps individually. These should not require payment, unless an event has an entry fee.

For further instructions, visit How to Pay and Submit an Application

Step: 4: Attend a Parent/Family Interview

The Parent/Family interview is a required step. Once you have applied, you are able to review a list of dates and times for our Parent/Family Interview. If your child is 3+ he or she must also attend the interview.

If you’re applying to our Eastgate Campus or West Bellevue Campus, please select an interview at the West Bellevue campus located at 2227 112th Ave. NE. West Bellevue holds interviews on most Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. & 11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

If you’re applying to our Capitol Hill Campus, we hold interviews at the campus located at 1715 E. Olive Way on most Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Please register for this event through Ravenna (Events).

Frequently Asked Admissions Questions

What if my child is 14 months, can they join a Toddler classroom?

For toddlers to enter a Toddler classroom, IMA requires children to be able to walk independently. The benefits of being able to walk alone allow toddlers the ability to be able to participate and engage in all parts of the educational environment, such as moving around the classroom freely, selecting works, walking to the bathroom, and walking to the playground.

What happens after we apply and attend a Parent/Family interview?

 

 

Any applicant considering admission does need to have a completed application as well as have paid the application fee to be extended a contract. 

If a family is accepted, an enrollment contract is extended online, and you will need to pay an enrollment deposit, which is equivalent to one month's tuition to reserve your space. You will have seven days to complete your enrollment contract and pay your enrollment deposit online. Should you choose to wait, we are happy to consider enrollment if we have space available when you arrive. 

When can my child enter a Primary classroom?

For children to enter a Primary classroom, children must be 2.5 years old by the start of school and fully potty-trained. Our expectation for our Primary students is that they can use the toilet independently without supervision. During the beginning of the school year, it is also common that some younger students need more assistance or reminders.  

How does Ravenna denote each grade level?

Here's how we denote each age group within Ravenna:

Toddler (15 mo- 2.5 yrs.) (Toddler N2)

Pre-Primary (29 mos. - 36 mos.) (PS)

Primary (2.5 yrs.- 6 yrs.) (PS) (PK)(K)

Elementary (Grades 1-5) (1,2,3,4,5)

What language models/classrooms are offered at the West Bellevue Campus?

  • Toddler (15 mos. - 2.5 yrs)

    IMA’s Toddler program is led by an English speaking Montessori teacher supported by two bilingual assistants. To enter a Toddler classroom, children must be at least 15 months by the start of school. 

    Toddler classroom creates a calm and peaceful environment where children explore lessons in five Montessori areas. The lesson’s sequencing order develops physical and emotional independence through language, as well as small and large motor skills.

    Children are engaged in social activities through large groups (i.e., circle time) and small group lessons. Children also have the freedom to choose developmentally appropriate individual work. 

    The lead teacher guides the toddlers towards readiness for our Montessori Primary program. 

    Potty training is also a part of our toddler program. Toddlers should be walking independently by the start date.

  • Pre-Primary (29 mos. - 36 mos.)

    The Pre-Primary classroom is designed for children 29 months - 36 months as a way of developing foundational social, emotional, and academic skills. This classroom is for children who have out-grown the Toddler classroom but are not quite ready for the Primary class. Children may not be prepared for a Primary classroom due to reasons such as potty-training or his or her first time attending school. The Pre-Primary classroom allows a year of building independence and confidence in a smaller class. 

    Children engage in large groups (i.e. circle time) and small group activities and lessons. Children also have the freedom to choose developmentally appropriate individual works, which are based on the Montessori sequence and include Practical Life, Sensorial, Pre-Language, and Mathematics concepts. The lead teacher guides the children towards readiness for our Montessori Primary program.

  • Primary (2.5 yrs. - 6 yrs.) Chinese Immersion, Chinese English Bilingual, English Chinese Bilingual

    IMA’s innovative multi-lingual Montessori Primary program is currently offered in four languages: Chinese, English, Japanese (Eastgate only), and Spanish. *Please note to enter a Primary classroom, children must be 2.5 years old by the start of school. 

    Each of the classrooms is led by a native speaking Montessori teacher and an assistant to create an immersive language AND cultural environment. The teachers not only utilize the full set of traditional Montessori materials but add culturally rich supplemental materials to the classroom. In addition to the authentic Montessori academic sequence, inquiry-based STEM projects teach our young learner the basics of the scientific method: observation, question, prediction, and analysis skills promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills. While our children are acquiring a 2nd language, they continue to learn English reading and to write through our phonics programs, offered daily by a certified English teacher. 

  • Elementary (Grades 1-5)

IMA’s bilingual elementary classrooms are led by one native-speaking language teacher and one Montessori certified teacher. We maintain low student-teacher ratios of approximately ten to one, allowing our teachers to focus on the social and academic needs of every student. Our language teachers tailor immersive language instruction to each student through engaging thematic-based projects that include critical STEM building blocks. As students’ progress, our skilled teachers guide students through social, emotional, and creative development according to each student’s needs and goals. Our Montessori teachers complement and build upon our foreign language teacher’s efforts through providing rigorous, sequenced math and English literacy instruction. Every student is encouraged and supported in completing a daily challenge to help each student progress at a comfortable pace, promote intrinsic motivation, and inspire the love of learning. Our Montessori teachers also lead inquiry-based STEM initiatives by incorporating reading, writing, and math skills into each project.

What language models/classrooms are offered at the Eastgate Campus?

  • Toddler (15 mos. - 2.5 yrs)

    IMA’s Toddler program is led by an English speaking Montessori teacher supported by two bilingual assistants. To enter a Toddler classroom, children must be at least 15 months by the start of school. 

    Toddler classroom creates a calm and peaceful environment where children explore lessons in five Montessori areas. The lesson’s sequencing order develops physical and emotional independence through language, as well as small and large motor skills.

    Children are engaged in social activities through large groups (i.e., circle time) and small group lessons. Children also have the freedom to choose developmentally appropriate individual work. 

    The lead teacher guides the toddlers towards readiness for our Montessori Primary program. 

    Potty training is also a part of our toddler program. Toddlers should be walking independently by the start date.

  • Primary (2.5 yrs. - 6 yrs.) Chinese Immersion, Chinese Bilingual, Spanish Bilingual, & Japanese Immersion

IMA’s innovative multi-lingual Montessori Primary program is currently offered in four languages: Chinese, English, Japanese (Eastgate only), and Spanish. *Please note to enter a Primary classroom, children must be 2.5 years old by the start of school. 

Each of the classrooms is led by a native speaking Montessori teacher and an assistant to create an immersive language AND cultural environment. The teachers not only utilize the full set of traditional Montessori materials but add culturally rich supplemental materials to the classroom. In addition to the authentic Montessori academic sequence, inquiry-based STEM projects teach our young learner the basics of the scientific method: observation, question, prediction, and analysis skills promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills. While our children are acquiring a 2nd language, they continue to learn English reading and to write through our phonics programs, offered daily by a certified English teacher.

What language models/classrooms are offered at the Capitol Hill Campus?

  • Toddler (15 mos. - 2.5 yrs)

    IMA’s Toddler program is led by an English speaking Montessori teacher supported by two bilingual assistants. To enter a Toddler classroom, children must be at least 15 months by the start of school. 

    Toddler classroom creates a calm and peaceful environment where children explore lessons in five Montessori areas. The lesson’s sequencing order develops physical and emotional independence through language, as well as small and large motor skills.

    Children are engaged in social activities through large groups (i.e., circle time) and small group lessons. Children also have the freedom to choose developmentally appropriate individual work. 

    The lead teacher guides the toddlers towards readiness for our Montessori Primary program. 

    Potty training is also a part of our toddler program. Toddlers should be walking independently by the start date.

  • Pre-Primary (29 mos. - 36 mos.)

    The Pre-Primary classroom is designed for children 29 months - 36 months as a way of developing foundational social, emotional, and academic skills. This classroom is for children who have out-grown the Toddler classroom but are not quite ready for the Primary class. Children may not be prepared for a Primary classroom due to reasons such as potty-training or his or her first time attending school. The Pre-Primary classroom allows a year of building independence and confidence in a smaller class. 

    Children engage in large groups (i.e. circle time) and small group activities and lessons. Children also have the freedom to choose developmentally appropriate individual works, which are based on the Montessori sequence and include Practical Life, Sensorial, Pre-Language, and Mathematics concepts. The lead teacher guides the children towards readiness for our Montessori Primary program.

  • Primary (2.5 yrs. - 6 yrs.) Chinese Immersion & Spanish Immersion

    IMA’s innovative multi-lingual Montessori Primary program is currently offered in Chinese and Spanish. *Please note to enter a Primary classroom, children must be 2.5 years old by the start of school. 

    Each of the classrooms is led by a native speaking Montessori teacher and an assistant to create an immersive language AND cultural environment. The teachers not only utilize the full set of traditional Montessori materials but add culturally rich supplemental materials to the classroom. In addition to the authentic Montessori academic sequence, inquiry-based STEM projects teach our young learner the basics of the scientific method: observation, question, prediction, and analysis skills promoting critical thinking and problem-solving skills. While our children are acquiring a 2nd language, they continue to learn English reading and to write through our phonics programs, offered daily by a certified English teacher.