Elementary Admissions

Mission Montessori Elementary School was created to meet a need in San Francisco, a need for an alternative educational approach that has high expectations for students academically while also taking their interests, independence, and motivations seriously.

At Mission Montessori, we’re dedicated to providing this high quality educational experience for our students and families in an intimate environment that meets the developmental, social, and academic needs of our students. Our goal each day is for our students to walk away feeling satisfied from hard work, enthralled with new discoveries, and inspired to continue on their journey as lifelong learners.  

We are a tight-knit, dedicated, and passionate community of educators and families. If this sounds like it could be a fit for your family, we encourage you to call us to learn more about our school and schedule a tour.

We know that finding the right school for your child is a daunting task, and we want to make the process as seamless for you as possible. Please contact us with any questions about our school, the Montessori method, or the admissions process. We are here to help you, and we look forward to welcoming your family to Mission Montessori!

To learn more about our Montessori elementary program and admissions process, email admissions@missionmontessori.org or call (415) 805-8315.

Admissions Process

For the 2020-21 school year, we are accepting students in grades K-5.

Step 1: Schedule a Tour

We offer an authentic Montessori education, which is rare these days. Seeing is believing! It's amazing to see "Montessori in action" with the children working in the classroom. Schedule an elementary tour! If you need a different tour day or time, please let us know. 

Step 2: Apply Online

You can apply online! Our application deadline is January 31st. We offer Early Decision for committed families who know Mission Montessori is their top choice. If this is your path, we can give you a decision as soon as the application steps are completed and you can secure a space early by finalizing enrollment.

Step 3: Apply for Financial Aid

Every year, Mission Montessori offers a limited number of reduced-tuition spots to families demonstrating financial need. You can apply for financial aid via our third-party administrator, FAST. Applications for financial aid are due by January 31st. All financial aid award decisions will be communicated at the time an offer of enrollment is made.

Step 4: Participate in a student visit/Playdate

Your child will join a small group of children at Mission Montessori to meet the elementary teachers, tour the classroom, and have time for unstructured play to interact with our staff. Below are the dates and times available for your child to visit. Please let us know your preference for time and language (Spanish or English) and we will confirm with you when your child can visit. 

- Saturday, January 25th from 12:30 to 1:45pm
- Saturday, January 25th from 1:45 to 2:30pm

Step 5: Complete the Confidential Student Evaluation

Have your child's current teacher fill out the ISSFBA Common Confidential Student Evaluation (PreK-1st grade form or 2nd-8th grade form) and instruct the teacher to send the completed form to andrea@missionmontessori.org.

Step 6: Parent Meeting

Two parents/guardians meet personally with our Director of Admissions, Andrea DeBell, to discuss your aspirations for your child's education.

Admissions notifications for the 2020-2021 school year will be sent by email no later than Thursday, March 19, 2020.


Elementary Tuition for the 2019-2020 school year is as follows:

  • Base Tuition: $27,000

  • Spanish Immersion: $1,000

  • Extended Care: $2,950

*Mission Montessori admits students of any race, color, religion, gender and sexual orientation, and accords to them all the rights and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school and does not discriminate on the basis of these factors in the administration of its admission or educational policies, financial aid program, or other school programs.