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Experiential education must be seen to be believed.

All families who are considering Montessori Family School are highly encouraged to visit in order to experience first-hand the school's programs, and meet the members of the MFS community. There is no substitute for witnessing our children actively taking on the school day.

Tours offer a wonderful opportunity to observe students and teachers in the classroom during a normal school day, whereas an open house takes place outside of school hours. During your tour or open house, we will introduce you to MFS, explain the application process, and answer any questions you may have. We hope you'll join us!

ADMISSIONS

Steps & Procedures

Early Childhood

Preschool/Pre-K/K (Berkeley)

 

1) Visit us at an upcoming tour — tours for the 2019-2020 year begin in mid-October.

 

2) Complete the Application and Parent Questionnaire and submit them with a small, clear photo of your child by email to admissions@montessorifamily.com or by mail to: 1850 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709. Include your $85 ($75 before 12/3/18) application fee by mail or through PayPal (payments@montessorifamily.com).

 

3) Send the Preschool Teacher Recommendation Form to your child's current teacher and ask that they submit the completed form to us.

 

Next steps:

 

• After all the forms have been received, our Admissions Office will contact you to set up a student visit.

 

• For the 2019-2020 school year, placement decisions will be made beginning in LATE JANUARY on a space-available basis.

 

• FINANCIAL AID: Complete a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by going to: www.solutionsbysss.com/parents. Be sure to include our school code 2529 when completing the application. All applications and initial supporting documentation must be completed online or mailed to School and Student Services (SSS) by January 18, 2019. Additional tax documentation will be required by April 16, 2019. Financial Aid notification will be given on March 15, 2019.

Elementary and Middle School

Kindergarten Bridge & Grades 1-8 (El Cerrito)

 

1) Visit us at an upcoming tour — tours for the 2020-2021 year begin in mid-October.

 

2) Complete the Application and Parent Questionnaire and submit them with a small, clear photo of your child by email to admissions@montessorifamily.com or by mail to: 7075 Cutting Blvd., El Cerrito, CA 94530. Include your $85 ($75 before 12/2/19) application fee by mail or through PayPal (payments@montessorifamily.com).

 

3) Sent the Corresponding Teacher Recommendation Form to your child's current teacher(s) and ask that they submit the completed form(s) to us.

 

Next steps:

 

• For the 2020-2021 school year, please submit all completed forms by January 17, 2020.

 

• After all the forms have been received, our Admissions Office will contact you to set up a student visit.

 

• For the 2020-2021 school year, decision letters will be sent on March 19, 2020. Enrollment Agreements are due back no later than March 26, 2020. 

 

• FINANCIAL AID: Complete a Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by going to: www.solutionsbysss.com/parents. Be sure to include our school code 2529 when completing the application. All applications and initial supporting documentation must be completed online or mailed to School and Student Services (SSS) by January 17, 2020. Additional tax documentation will be required by April 16, 2020. Financial Aid notification will be given on March 19, 2020, for those applications received by the January 17, 2020 deadline.

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Tuition

Tuition revenue is essential to maintaining the quality of Montessori Family School’s academic programs and funding day-to-day operations. Tuition is evaluated yearly by the MFS Board of Directors, and set in January, for the succeeding academic year.

 

Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year:

 

BERKELEY CAMPUS (Preschool/Pre-K/K)

10-month schedule - September through June

 

5 Days Per Week

9:00 am - 12:30 pm: $18,920

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: $21,250

 

4 Days Per Week

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: $18,920

 

EL CERRITO CAMPUS

10-month schedule - September through June

 

Kindergarten Transition Program

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: $22,475

 

Lower Elementary Program

9:00 am - 3:00 pm: $23,700

 

Upper Elementary Program: 

8:40am - 3:00 pm: $23,700

 

Middle School Program:

8:45am - 3:00 pm: $25,900

 

ADDITIONAL FEES

 

Berkeley Campus Materials Fee: $225

 

El Cerrito Campus Materials Fee: $275

 

Lower and Upper Elementary Outdoor Education Fee: $200 (one time)

 

Middle School Activities Fee: $525 (one time)

 

OPTIONAL PROGRAMS

 

Extended Day: Before school care is provided beginning at 8 am; after school care is available until 6 pm. Families can purchase an extended-care package, or use both programs on a drop-in basis.

 

• Pre-paid Unlimited Extended Care: $3,500 for the school year

• Unlimited Extended Care in Installments: $3,650 for the school year

• After School Program Drop-in Rate: $11/hour

• Before School Program Drop-in Rate (Early Childhood Campus: $11/hour

• Before School Program Drop-in Rate (Elementary/Middle School Campus): $6.50

 

TUITION REFUND PLAN

 

Required for families paying semi-annually or monthly: 2.1% of tuition.

 

SIBLING DISCOUNT

 

A 5% discount is given for the second and each additional child in the same family.

 

ANNUAL GIVING CAMPAIGN

 

MFS relies upon donations from individuals, foundations and corporations to support its mission. We ask for 100% participation from our families for our Annual Fund.

 

For more on how and when to make donations to MFS, please see the "Give" page.

Financial Assistance

MFS believes that maintaining a diverse community is essential to creating a good learning environment, and seeks to build a school community that reflects the world outside the classroom.

 

While the principal responsibility for financing an independent school education lies with students’ families, MFS is able to offer tuition assistance for qualifying families.

 

MFS uses School and Student Services (SSS) to process financial assistance applications. SSS is a service of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). Based on the financial information you provide in the Parent Financial Statement (PFS), SSS provides an estimated amount your family can contribute to educational expenses.

This estimate is a starting point and helps the School make fair and objective financial aid decisions.

 

Although the school is pleased to be able to offer financial assistance, not all families who qualify are guaranteed to receive it or to receive it to the full extent of their assessed need.

 

STEPS FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES (2020-2021 FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE)

 

  1. Go to sss.nais.org. Our school code is 2529.

  2. Select the SSS website for FAMILIES.

  3. Click on the ‘apply’ button and then ‘complete your PFS’ button to begin your Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) online.

  4. You will set up an account that will allow you to return to work on your PFS before submitting it. Your information will be secure.

  5. Complete your 2020-2021 school year application by January 17, 2020.

  6. By April 16, 2020: Upload electronically into your PFS: a signed copy of your 2019 IRS 1040 Tax Statement (be sure to include all supporting schedules and forms). If your signed 2019 IRS 1040 Tax Statement is not available by April 16, 2020, submit an explanation of any changes in income for the tax year, supported by 2019 W-2s, 1099s, or pay stubs. A copy of your return must be submitted no later than April 30, 2020. Awards made before the current year tax returns are received are contingent on those returns substantiating the explanation provided.

  7. Submit and pay for the PFS.

 

IMPORTANT DATES

 

  1. November 1, 2019 – Online application for 2020-2021 becomes available

  2. January 17, 2020 – Applications due to SSS

  3. April 16, 2020 – Supporting tax documents due to SSS

 

SSS Customer Service Center: (800) 344-8328 | sss.nais.org

There is extensive online help for the Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS), but if you have additional questions you may contact the SSS Customer Service Center. Assistance is available in English as well as Spanish. If you are calling from outside the United States or Canada, please dial 952-967-9922. Hours: Mon-Fri: 9:00 am – 11:00 pm EST and Sat: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm EST.

Montessori Family School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD CAMPUS

1850 Scenic Avenue

Berkeley, CA 94709

510-848-2322

ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE
SCHOOLS

7075 Cutting Boulevard

El Cerrito, CA 94530

510-236-8802

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