Application: This is a short form filled out for new/interested students. The initial application period is late winter/early spring, though applications can be filled out any time of the school year. Initial application period applications are all put in the same 'pool' and eligible for the lottery held in March if any grade is oversubscribed.
Registration: Period when long forms are filled out and required documents are submitted once students are accepted after the application period, off the waitlist, or during the year.
Enrollment: The official status when student arrives on campus and their attendance is taken.
Commitment forms: A brief statement of next year’s intentions for current students that is given in Jan/Feb.
Families may submit an online application during the designated application period each year. The school will begin accepting applications for admission for the next school year in February of the current school year. This admissions application period will be open for 6 weeks.
When any grade is over-subscribed (when there are more applicants than spaces) at the end of the application period, Goodwater Montessori School will conduct an electronic lottery per State of Texas guidelines requirements until all openings are filled. The following are exempt from the lottery if applications are submitted during the designated application period:
Children not selected for immediate placement will be placed on a waitlist according to their number in the lottery process.
- Children of Goodwater Montessori School staff members, and
- Siblings of Goodwater Montessori School students already admitted or attending the school.
PreKindergarten applicants who have applied by the end of the application period who are eligible for the State PreKindergarten Program (free PreK) will have priority in admission. If there are additional PreKindergarten spaces they will be filled by non-eligible students.
If there are more PreK eligible students than spaces, then all eligible applicants will be placed in a lottery and randomly selected per State of Texas guidelines. If there are then more non-eligible applicants than available spaces then all non-eligible applicants will be placed in a lottery and randomly selected per State of Texas guidelines. These students will be placed at the end of the waitlist behind the list of State PreK eligible students.
Any PreKindergarten applications received after the application period will be placed on the waitlist in the order in which they were received, with eligible PreK students receiving priority.
Staff member PreK children and PreK siblings of current students will be given priority on their respective lists - eligible or non-eligible. All eligible PreK children will receive priority over any non-eligible staff member PreK child or PreK sibling.
Goodwater Montessori School strives to maintain full and vital classrooms at all times. In the case of grade oversubscription, an electronic waitlist will be maintained by the school registrar in partnership with the school’s software provider. As positions become available throughout the year (as in the event of a student withdrawal) children occupying the next position in their grade’s wait list will be notified and instructed to submit a registration packet. Please note that at times, students may move down on the waitlist if siblings are prioritized above them.
A child who applies after the application deadline will be considered for registration should a position in his/her grade become available after the lottery is completed. Each application will be time-stamped and will be added to the end of the appropriate grade’s wait list. The school will continue to accept applications through the school year after the school year begins. Applicants will be added to their grade’s waitlist if the grade is oversubscribed.