The Transformational Adventure Begins

When your child turns three, s/he is ready to join our Montessori learning community. If your child will be 3 by September 1, 2018, you can submit an application for the 2018-2019 school year.

For over 50 years, we have been educating children to be confident risk takers, creative problem solvers, and critical thinkers. Our 21st century individualized curriculum doesn’t just prepare your child for a powerful academic career, it prepares your child for life. Finding the right school can be one of the most exhilarating and challenging experiences you face as a parent, which is why our admissions team is here to answer any question, big or small. As in our educational program, we encourage parents to bring their curiosity to their exploration of Ancona and never to cease to ask questions. The admissions team looks forward to meeting you and sharing our remarkable learning community.


Melanie Ahmad, Director of Admissions and Enrollment


The Ancona School has an institutional commitment to the principles of diversity. In that spirit, The Ancona School does not discriminate in violation of the law on the basis of race, religion, creed, color, sexual orientation, age, physical challenge, nation of origin, gender, or any other characteristic.

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The Admissions team welcomes you to our cutting-edge learning community. Our online application process has been designed to keep you informed every step of the way. Once you have submitted your application, the Admissions office will contact you to arrange a family visit.
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Families interested in our Montessori Preprimary program, elementary grades, and middle school are welcome to attend an Admissions Open House. Admissions events begin in October, 2017 for families interested in the 2018-2019 school year.
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Please note: PFS/SSS, Institutional Aid, and tax form deadlines pertain to Tuition Assistance applications.

 Returning Ancona StudentsNew Ancona Students
Ancona School Admissions and PFS/SSS Applications Open9/1/20179/1/2017
Ancona Admissions Application Due (Siblings of Current Families)n/a11/17/2017
Priority Application Deadline (new Ancona families)n/a12/15/2017
PFS/SSS Application Due1/15/20181/15/2018
4506-T Form Uploaded1/15/20181/15/2018
2016 State and Federal Income Tax Return Documents Uploaded1/15/20181/15/2018
Ancona Institutional Aid Application Uploaded
2017 W-2 and/or 1099 forms uploaded2/5/20182/5/2018
2018-2019 Contracts Sent to Families2/15/20182/26/2018
Signed Contracts Returned to Ancona3/1/20183/12/2018


We enroll children ages 3 through 8th grade.

The Ancona School’s application process is online. You may save and come back to an application at any time. Apply here >

No, student interviews are not part of our admissions process. Rather, student visits are scheduled for all applicants. In addition, we invite parents for an interview with a member of the Admissions team concurrent to the student visit. Student visits, just like our teaching approach, go beyond the norm; we look at the whole child.

Parent interviews are from 30 to 45 minutes. Student interviews vary in length depending on the age of the child:

Applicants to Preschool (P3 and P4) and Kindergarten: 30 minutes
Applicants to 1st Grade: A school afternoon, from 12:30 p.m. – 3:05 p.m.
Applicants to 2nd – 8th Grades: An entire school day, from 8:05 a.m. – 3:15 p.m

Yes. All applicants must undergo and complete the admissions process including, but not limited to, the student visit in order to receive an admissions decision.

Families who submit an online application are encouraged to schedule a classroom observation. Observations are available from November 1st to May 15th each year and are 30 minutes in length (adults only). View the Classroom Observation Guidelines here >

Ancona’s application deadline is in mid-December every year.

Application decisions are typically announced between mid-February and early March. Keep in mind that admissions decisions cannot be made until all requested documents are submitted and the family has completed both a student and parent visit.

No. The Ancona School combines the best practices in progressive education including, but not limited to, constructivist and Montessori approaches to teach your child for life. Ancona’s Montessori roots are reflected in our Montessori Early Childhood classrooms for children three to six years old. Our Elementary school’s open classroom environment incorporates the best of progressive and research-based pedagogies.

No. Students bring packed lunches or place organic lunch orders through Gourmet Gorilla. Ancona provides free milk for all students.

School for grades K-8 begins on the Wednesday after Labor Day and continues into the second full week of June.

Yes, Before School and After School programs are available. Read more here:

Before School | After School