The application process

We follow a rolling admissions process.

We review applications as they are received and completed. We see the admissions process as a partnership between family and school. Admission is based on myriad factors which we consider carefully to determine if the student, family, and school will be a good fit, the overarching question is, “Can we meet the needs and interests of the student?” Our goal is to create a partnership process that is supportive and collaborative, behaving in the best interests of all. 

New Gate students

How to apply

Steps to apply for admission.

  1. The process begins when you schedule to attend one of our weekly tours & open house events.
  2. Complete the admission questionnaire and pay the $150.00 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Sign the Student Records Release form (for students who have attended any prior pre-school or school)
  4. We will ask for copies of transcripts, previous test results, and two student recommendation forms. (Please note: we will not be able to act on your application until this documentation has arrived, please ask that they be sent to us without delay.)
  5. Shadow day/s scheduled

At any time throughout the process we invite you to ask questions, schedule individual meetings, or plan a classroom observation. 

Next, your child will visit one of our classes.

Infants, Toddlers & Early Childhood

We invite applicants for the Infant (8 weeks – 18 months) and Toddler (18 months – 3 years) to meet with the Montessori guides at 10:30 for about an hour or a mutually respectful time. This meeting allows the guide to see the relationship between parent and child and ask questions about routines, temperament, and expectations.

Applicants for the Early Childhood Program (ages 3-6) will typically spend at least one morning arriving at the start of school and staying through lunch with us. We may ask to administer a developmental screening during this visit. 


Elementary, Middle, and High School Applicants

Applicants will typically spend at least two full days attending class. During the shadow experience, students complete academic assessments that give us a better sense of their present level of reading fluency & comprehension, writing ability, mathematics, and cultural literacy.

After your child’s visit, the admissions committee and faculty review your application and make a determination.  The review process can take up to two weeks.  If the committee makes a favorable decision, you will be invited to a “Family Interview.” The family interview discussion reviews expectations, school governance, volunteer opportunities, and tuition. Once accepted, you have two weeks to sign the contract and complete the $750.00 non-refundable enrollment deposit to secure your child’s place in our school.

We look forward to working with you throughout the process.



Our Three Campuses

Age 18 months through Grade 6
5237 Ashton Road, Sarasota, FL 34233
Ph 941-922-4949, Fax 941-922-7660


Grades 7-12
5481 Communications Pkwy, Sarasota, FL 34240
Ph 941-222-0763, Fax 941-922-7660


Grades 7-12
Ph 941-222-0763, Fax 941-922-7660