We love to meet new families and talk about Montessori and what the school has to offer. NewGate brings young people together from a broad spectrum of ethnic, national, religious, and economic backgrounds. We welcome diversity and help our children broaden their perspective of the world through friendships based on mutual respect and understanding.
The Admissions Process
Each new application to NewGate is carefully considered to find the best match between student, family, and school.
Step One: Initial Conversations, Visiting the School, and Speaking With Present Parents.
Open House: For most families, the admissions process begins by attending one of our weekly Open House gatherings. These are much more than a simple school tour. They are an extensive initial conversation between interested families and the Heads of School. After getting the big picture of NewGate, we will visit the classrooms. Open Houses are held at 9:30 on Tuesday mornings. If you prefer, we would be happy to schedule an individual meeting at a more convenient time.
Should I Bring My Child? Bringing children along when you first visit a school can be confusing for them, and distracting to you as a parent while you are trying to get a good sense of what makes the school distinct. It will normally work best if you visit the school, or schools, that you are considering first, and then bring your child back to visit the one(s) that you feels might be the right fit. Most independent schools will ask children to come in for one or two classroom visits.
Ambassador Parents: Several families have offered to speak with families who would like to talk with other parents whose children have been at NewGate long enough to give them a broad perspective. A list of their contact information is available upon request.
Individual Conversations: In addition to attending the Open House, many families will arrange one or more individual meetings with our staff to discuss the school and their children. Please call. Our goal is to help every prospective family to make the best decision possible about their children’s long-term education before they apply.
Observing a Class at Work: Montessori classes are quite different from the traditionally structured classrooms which most parents knew when they were young, and we encourage parents who are interested in the school to spend an hour or longer quietly observing a class at work. Please call to schedule a visit.
Feel free to contact either Tim Seldin, President of The Montessori Foundation and Head of School, or Associate Head of School, email Lorna McGrath email Tim Seldin, or by calling them at the school (941-922-4949).
Parents who are first considering Montessori often have many questions. Just ask; we’re here to help. Our goal is not to “sell” parents like yours on either Montessori or NewGate as a school. Instead, we work to help each family to find the perfect match!
You might find the following online article about Finding the Right School for Your Child helpful.