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Who does the Ancona School enroll?

We enroll children ages 3 through 8th grade.

How do I apply?

The Ancona School’s application process is online. You may save and come back to an application at any time. Please visit our Apply page for more information and to submit an inquiry! 

Will my child be interviewed?

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 visits 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

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 >

Does my child have to attend the student visit to be considered for admissions?

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.

Can I visit a classroom?

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 >

When is the application deadline?

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

When do I find out about an admissions decision?

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.

Is the entire school Montessori?

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.

Do you provide lunch?

No. Students bring packed lunches or place organic lunch orders through The Grill Catering and Delivery. Ancona provides free milk for all students.

When does the school year begin?

School for all grades begins on a staggered schedule the week after Labor Day and continues into the second full week of June.

Does Ancona have Before and After School programs?

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

Before School | After School 

Does Ancona offer tuition assistance?

Yes. Learn more on our Tuition Assistance page.

Is there a Summer Program?

Yes, learn more about our Summer Program here.

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.

Ancona is the greatest place. I’m so grateful every day that we made the decision to send our two children here.

Ancona Parent