Unlike other CPS schools, the age of entry for Tobin Montessori is 3 Years Old. Children who will be age 3 by August 31st may apply for a seat at Tobin Montessori School through the 3-Year-Old Lottery held each year in October.
As a result of its unique program and early age of entry, the Montessori program is very popular among families of 3 year-olds, despite limited seat availability.
Parents of 4 or 5 year-olds may choose to list Tobin Montessori on their child’s registration form during the Kindergarten Lottery. However, keep in mind that as students continue on in the program each year, Montessori classrooms are usually at capacity or close to capacity for 4- and 5-year-olds. In some years, there may be one seat, or zero seats available for children who will be 4-5 when they start school. If you are interested in Tobin Montessori and have a child who will be 4 or 5, please speak with the Family Resource Center to be sure that you understand how this choice might affect your likelihood of receiving your school choices in the Kindergarten Lottery.
Please also keep in mind that Tobin is never a proximity school, so students from across the city have an equal chance of being assigned to Tobin Montessori School. Siblings of current Montessori students do receive priority in both the 3-Year-Old Lottery and in the Kindergarten Lottery.
Children who are currently attending school at Tobin Montessori do not need to re-register when they reach Kindergarten age; and are not eligible to re-enter the Kindergarten lottery while enrolled Tobin Montessori. Tobin Montessori students may transfer to another school by filing a school transfer request.
For further guidance contact the Family Resource Center:
Hours: Monday - Friday | 8:30AM - 3:30PM
Tel: 617.349.6551 | Fax: 617.349.6552
Email the FRC
Staff are available to assist you during business hours all year long, except holidays.