Admission Process

Our admission process is meant to be an informative exploration in determining the right fit for you and your child. We welcome your questions via phone call or email, and we encourage you to visit our facilities to best understand a child’s experience here at MSLF. Following a visit, the submission of an application officially initiates the enrollment process. To secure your child’s placement for fall, we recommend applications to be submitted by April 1st.

At MSLF, we enroll students on a year-round basis depending on availability. This accommodates re-locations and various other reasons for mid-year enrollments. Throughout the course of the school year, students from some divisions transition to the next level based on individual readiness. Often, such transitions open a space for a new student. In the event that classes are at maximum capacity, your child will be placed in our waiting pool, and we will contact you as soon as a space becomes available.

For the 2020-21 school year, admissions tours are hosted after 3:30pm by appointment only. Unless otherwise indicated, visits are intended for adults. Based on our experience, parents get more out of the conversation and tour when they are able to focus on their observations of the school. Babies in arms are welcome! Please call 847-918-1000 or complete our inquiry form to schedule a visit and tour.


In the admittance of each child, MSLF considers each family’s commitment to the Montessori philosophy and to their openness to collaborating with the school on behalf their child. Transparent conversation from the beginning leads to mutual understanding, trust, and respect among parents, teachers, and administrators. In short, we admit those children whom we feel we can serve well, based on the information shared with us and our 50 years as a Montessori school.

All currently enrolled students are given priority to re-enroll for the following year. Applications are required for all new students, and priority consideration is granted to siblings of MSLF students and transfer students from other Montessori schools.

MSLF is proud of and committed to our diverse community. Our students, their families, and our staff represent over 30 different zip codes and myriad backgrounds. MSLF does not discriminate against students, applicants for admission, faculty, other employees, or parents on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, religion, creed, age, disability, or any other characteristic. We believe that a diverse community contributes to a more profound academic experience and is representative of real-life.