Lottery/Waitlist

The Lottery for the 2018/19 School Year is Now Closed.

Below you will find answers to typical questions about our school.

How Do I Enroll My Child?
You must fill out an application on the MMCI Web site. [MMCI is the nonprofit membership corporation and the legal entity, which originated the application and holds the charter (or contract) with the Frederick County Board of Education.]

MMCI uses an online application form for children who wish to enter the lottery for either CCMPCS or MVMPCS. 

The children of CCMPCS staff and the siblings of students already enrolled at CCMPCS receive priority for placement in available spots at CCMPCS. After these students are placed, if the number of applications exceeds the number of openings in any grade at the school, the school will hold a lottery to select students for the remaining spots and to establish the order of the waiting list.  Read more about MMCI's Enrollment Policy.

Enrollment Forms
Enrollment forms and other required registration paperwork are not accepted until your child has been offered a spot at the school. If your child is selected for admission to the school, you will need to accept the desired placement (instructions will be sent to you) and you will need to fill out an FCPS enrollment form. Parents of children not currently enrolled in FCPS will also have to complete an immunization form and a record of physical examination, provide proof of residency (i.e. current utility bill), and proof of birth for each child. MMCI will use the contact information provided through your MMCI account during the lottery application process for correspondence regarding the lottery, enrollment, and any other charter school related subjects in the future. For more information about enrolling your child in a Frederick County Public School, please go to FCPS's Student Enrollment page.

Primary Program (Pre-K through Kindergarten)
CCMPCS offer a no-fee Primary Program for three-year-olds and four-year-olds as well as a full-day Kindergarten. Your child must be three by September 1st to enter the three-year-old program, four by September 1st to enter the four-year-old program, and five by September 1st to enter Kindergarten. Pre-K students must be toilet trained and able to use the toilet independently. Diapers and pull-ups are not permitted.
 
The three-year-old and four-year-old program hours are 9:00am to 11:30am, Monday through Friday. Kindergarten hours are 9:00am to 3:45pm on Monday through Thursday and 9:00am to 2:45pm on Friday.

Classrooms and Grades Offered
CCMPCS has three classrooms at the Primary (age 3- Kindergarten), Lower Elementary (Grades 1-3) and Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6) levels. CCMPCS has one classroom for Middle School (grades 7-8).

CCMPCS Spanish Program
All classrooms offer a Spanish Enrichment component.  For more specific information on CCMPCS's Spanish programs, please go to our Spanish Program page.

Parental Involvement in MMCI's Charter Schools
Active involvement of parents is at the heart of the charter school philosophy and is necessary for the successful operation of both schools. We ask parents to volunteer 30 hours a year (10 hours for single parent families).

Returning Students
No lottery application is necessary for a currently enrolled student who wishes to remain at his or her current school.

Is Montessori a Good Match for My Child?
The following information will help you determine whether the Montessori approach embraced by our schools is right for your child.

Basic tenets of the Montessori approach include:
- It is natural for children to want to engage in meaningful work that is relevant to them
- Children will be self-directed when given the opportunity to do so
- Children will operate with as much independence as possible
- Children will remain engrossed in their work for long periods of time
- The work itself should be rewarding for children; external rewards and praise are counterproductive because they teach the child to look to others for validation
- Children learn from natural consequences
- Children should be taught to advocate for themselves
- Children will teach each other and learn from each other

In a Montessori classroom, you will find:
- Long uninterrupted periods of time for work (3 hours or more every morning)
- Students working individually or in small groups on a work plan the student created or helped to create
- Small group or individual instruction
- Multi-age classrooms spanning three grade levels (two levels in the Middle School)
- Teachers working with students to make decisions about their learning
- Busy classrooms with many different activities occurring at once
- Students freely moving around the classroom as needed
- Self-directed students working without frequent adult intervention
- Classroom sizes of 25-30 students
- A peace-loving environment where everyone is expected to treat themselves, others, and the materials with respect
- Children pursuing their interests in a variety of ways (projects, clubs, etc.)
- Many field trips (often planned by students)
- Teachers observing students and modeling the behaviors of a lifelong learner

In a Montessori classroom, you will not find:
- Extrinsic reward systems such as sticker charts
- Competitions between students
- Desks in rows
- Extensive teacher-directed, whole-group instruction
- A large number of paper and pencil tasks
- Silent classrooms: learning involves interactions with other students
- Extensive homework

Some children handle the transition from a traditional school very well. Some children, especially in the higher grades, may experience difficulty with the transition. The staff will work with students to teach them the skills they need to become more self-directed and students are then expected to show increased independence over time.

More Questions
Thank you for your interest in our schools! If you have more questions they may be answered on our Frequently Answered Questions page.  If you have other questions, not answered here about the lottery and enrollment process, please contact the MMCI Admissions Committee at admissions@mmcimd.org.

Please note that some classes have very long waiting lists.  You will be notified by phone if your child has been accepted.