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MST is a member of
The Japan Council of International Schools (JCIS).
1. Initial Interest Form
The first step to find out more about MST, is to submit an on-line Initial Interest Form. This is not a formal application and does not entail any commitment on your part. After you have done this, please contact the school by telephone (03-5449-7067) or email to arrange a date for your tour.
Tours are scheduled between October and June each year, and take place weekly on Tuesday mornings. In certain circumstances it may be possible to arrange a tour on a different day, however, no tours can be given after 10:30 a.m. on any day.
For families outside Japan who are therefore unable to attend a school tour prior to arriving in Tokyo, please read section 9 below on Provisional Acceptance.
2. School Tour
The school tour is the next step of the application process and should be scheduled in advance. Tours last approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, during which you will see a presentation about Montessori learning and MST, and get to see various classrooms in session. It is hoped that both parents will attend the school tour when possible. The tour is for adults only so we ask that children do not accompany their parents.
3. Formal Application
Once you have attended a school tour and have decided to apply for admission to MST, the application process is as follows:
To gain entrance for the current 2012/2013 academic year, the entire application process described above should be completed as soon as possible. There are currently a limited number of openings in the Little People programme and for 3 or 4 year olds in the Sunshine programme, as well as some openings at various levels of the Elementary programme.
Because of our desire to balance each class according to the criteria listed in section 6 below, availability depends on the ages of the students. Due to the fluid nature of the expatriate population in Tokyo, places in any programme or level may become available at short notice.
Please complete an Initial Interest Form and contact the school for more information. We will accept applications for entrance in the current academic year up until the end of March.
For children turning 5 years old on or before August 31st, 2013, the whole application process as described above must be completed and all forms received before the application deadline of 22nd February, 2013. For all other applicants, applications will be processed in batches for which the application deadlines are as follows:
After the last date above, applications will be accepted and processed as soon as possible after all steps have been completed. During the summer vacation, while every attempt will be made to ensure a timely processing of each application, unavoidably they may take longer to process than those submitted earlier. In exceptional cases, applicants may be informed of the results of their applications prior to the above dates.
4. Child Screening
At MST we accept students from many different cultures, backgrounds and nationalities. We attempt to balance the classes according to various criteria (see below). In order to make as accurate an assessment of the classroom make-up as possible, we invite students applying to come to the school to spend some time in the classroom with a faculty member.
There is no formal testing done, however students are observed interacting with either other children and/or faculty members. Older students (third year Sunshine or Elementary applicants) may also be asked to show their knowledge and capabilities in reading, writing and mathematics.
Applications for the current school year are processed as received. Applications for the following school year will be processed according to the schedule and deadlines outlined in the Formal Application section above. Admissions decisions will be sent to families within ten days of the application deadlines. Successful applicants will be registered for the upcoming academic year.
6. Admissions Criteria
To maintain a balance in our student population, The Montessori School of Tokyo uses the following criteria for admitting students.
7. Notification of Admissions Status
Within ten days of the admissions deadline, you will be notified of the decision by mail. To take up the offer of a place, you should submit the Registration Fee and Building Development Fee as described in the Fee Policy. This fee must be paid before the due date stated on the invoice accompanying the acceptance letter. The Registration Fee and Building Development Fee will not be refunded if you later elect not to enroll your child at MST.
8. Mid-year Admissions
Students arriving in Tokyo after the start of the academic year, may be admitted as openings become available. For mid-year admissions, the Registration Fee, Building Development Fee and the Tuition as described in the Fee Policy must be received before the child’s first day of school.
The Registration Fee and Building Development Fee will not be refunded if you later elect not to enroll your child at MST.
9. Provisional Acceptance
MST understands that when dealing with an international community, there can be occasions when a family is unable to physically be in Tokyo to complete the child screening process and interview with the Head of School. In certain cases, usually when the student is transferring from another Montessori school, a provisional acceptance can be granted.
To qualify for provisional acceptance, all other portions of the application process need to be completed before the due date. A telephone or video interview with one or both parents may be required. The application will be processed along with other applications received.
If provisional acceptance is granted, all fees are due by the regular dates and times. As soon as the family’s arrival dates in Tokyo are known, the screening and interview dates should be scheduled. Children will be eligible to start school two days after both the screening and the interview have been completed.
In the case of information obtained from the child screening or interview leading to the student not being granted full acceptance, the Tuition and Building Development Fees will be refunded.
The Initial Interest Form will start the application process.
The academic year at MST runs from late August to early June. Download the latest calendar.