One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”

– Dr. Maria Montessori

Admissions Process

Are you interested in applying to our school?

We look forward to meeting you and getting to know your child!

These steps will walk you through the process:

Admissions Process

Step 1: Take a tour of CLMS

Crystal Lake Montessori School invites prospective parents and families to tour our school while classes are in session. We encourage families to observe the classrooms, watch how the children work with the Montessori materials, ask questions and get to know us first-hand. We know choosing a school for your child is an important decision, so we ask that you dedicate this time to observe and get a feel for our community. Contact us at 815-338-0013  set up a tour and get more details about enrollment.


Step 2: Schedule a Classroom Visit

Toddler and Early Childhood (2- 6 years old ), new to CLMS, are required to schedule a visit to meet with the classroom teachers. New students starting after School is already in session, will need to schedule an “in class” visit for 3 consecutive half days prior to being admitted. This can be scheduled at the time of your tour or by calling 815-338-0013.

All Elementary aged students (1st grade and up), new to CLMS, are required to schedule an “in class” visit for 3 consecutive days of the appropriate level classroom prior to being admitted. This can be scheduled at the time of your tour, or by calling us at 815-338-0013. The child’s visit to the classroom will provide an opportunity to get to know your child and provides the child with an opportunity to explore the environment and classroom materials.


Step 3: Submit a Completed Application

The Head of School and classroom Directors will review your child’s application and discuss the appropriate placement. If it is determined that CLMS is a good fit for your child, you will be notified of classroom placement.


Step 4: Secure Your Child’s Space

If your child is accepted to our school, we require that you send a 10% deposit in order to secure their enrollment. Payment must be received within two weeks of notice of acceptance and will be applied toward your child’s tuition.

Children who have enrolled at CLMS must have the appropriate health forms and all enrollment paperwork completed and turned in prior to the first day of attendance.


Step 5: Join the CLMS Family!

Find out what it means to be a part of our family. Join us on our Facebook and Parent Group sites to find out about events and to learn even more about what we have to offer.

Crystal Lake Montessori School welcomes all students and families and does not discriminate in its hiring, admissions process, or any other form of access. Crystal Lake Montessori admits students of any race, color, religion, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.

Request Information

Request more information or schedule a tour with Beth, our Director of Admissions


Crystal Lake Montessori School

3013 S. Country Club Rd

Woodstock, IL 60098

(815) 338-0013