Application Guide


Listed below are the steps to take when considering an application to City Garden Montessori School. We ask that all parents complete these steps to ensure our program is a good fit for your family and so that we can be as fair as possible when admitting new students to our school.

1. Find out if you are in the “1st catchment zone.” (link to map)

2. Review the website and application materials.

3. Visit the school by attending a Tour. These are listed as "Tour- Prospective Parents" on our calendar.  (link to calendar)

4. Submit application and all supporting documents.

(Applications will not be considered until all forms are complete, including supporting documents.)

     a. The Primary and K-2 applications are different.

     b. Both applications must be completed online (see "How Do I Apply" below). Call the school for assistance completing the application if needed.

     c. Make sure to review the application before hitting "submit."

5. Schedule an observation to see inside a classroom in the Spring semester. Email

6. Contact City Garden to make sure all forms have been received at

7. Primary families will be informed of their acceptance by the first week of April.

8. Kindergarten families will be informed of their acceptance by March 10, 2017. The lottery will be held on March 9, 2017. The lottery is open to the public and begins at 5:30 p.m.

9. First and second grade families will be notified of their acceptance if there are openings. We often do not know about openings in 1st and 2nd grade until the start of the school year.


PRIMARY- Preference will be given to families who live in our first catchment zone (See a map here: link to map), but we have a few spots reserved for families who live outside our first catchment. Financial aid (see our sliding scale tuition graph on the application) is available to families who live in our first catchment.

City Garden is one of only a few authentic Montessori programs in the City of St. Louis. We have a diverse family community, and offer a unique school experience.  We are a neighborhood school, serving families in the Shaw, Botanical Heights, Forest Park Southeast, Tiffany and Southwest Garden neighborhoods.

All children attend five days per week, full (8 am-3:30 pm) or half days (8 am-12:30 pm). We no longer offer part time spots. Before care and after care are available for a fee.

A limited number of slots are available for students who live outside of this geographic area. Interested families should fill out the application and call or email the school.

Email, or call 314/664-7646 for enrollment information.

KINDERGARTEN, FIRST and SECOND GRADES- Anyone living in the city of St. Louis is allowed to apply to our program, however, for the past two years we have filled our Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grades during the first lottery from the 1st catchment zone and did not need to hold a second lottery. We expect to fill our school from the first catchment area each year, although you are welcome to apply as long as you reside in the city of St. Louis. The first catchment zone is in south St. Louis city, from Kingshighway (western boundary) to Grand (eastern boundary), from Highway 40 (northern boundary) to Magnolia (southern boundary). This is roughly the 63110 zip code although there are a few residences with a different zip code who are in the first catchment zone. Please check the map, or call the school if you are unsure about whether you are in the 1st catchment. See a map here: (link to map)


It depends on how many applications we receive. We anticipate having more applications than spots again this year. This means that there is a chance you will not be accepted. We strongly encourage you to apply to at least two other schools. Many of our kindergarten spots are filled by "sibling preference." This is a Missouri statute that ensures that siblings can stay in the same school. For example, of the 30 spots available in Kindergarten for the 2014-2015 school year, more than half of the spots were taken by siblings of older children already in the school. The "sibling preference" statute does not apply to cousins or other family members.


Our Primary Program (ages 3 and 4) is a private, not-for-profit, tuition-based program. In order to make it accessible to families with a range of income, we offer sliding scale tuition rates for families who qualify for financial aid and who live in our first catchment. For scholarship opportunities or financial assistance, contact Tiffany Murphy at Students must turn 3 by September 1 of the year they are applying and students must be fully potty trained. Enrollment in our Primary Program does not guarantee placement into our K-8 program.

All applicants to Kindergarten must go through the complete admission and lottery process, including students enrolled in our Primary Program.

Our K-8 program is a public charter school. We accept new students in Kindergarten, First and Second Grades. Because we teach using the Montessori Method, we believe that students must have a solid Montessori experience during their first three years of schooling to be successful in our school. For this reason, we do not accept new students in grades 3-8.


If you are applying for the start of the 2017-18 school year, the earliest you can apply is October 2016. The “cut off” date for birthdays is September 1 for the year in which you are applying. For example, your child needs to be 5 years old before 9/1/17 if you are applying to Kindergarten for the 2017-18 school year.

Applications for 2017-2018 Kindergarten are due Feb 24th, 2017.


If you are applying to our Primary (preschool) program, serving students age 3 and 4, click this link, fill out the forms, attach the required documents and fax, mail, or scan and email to our school, Students must be 3 before September 1, be fully potty trained and live in the first catchment zone. We are no longer offering the 3 day option. 

If you are applying to Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, click this link, fill out the online form, then send (1) an original birth certificate, (2) immunization and health records, and (3) two original proofs of residency to school. You may scan and email original proofs of residency. Alternately, your utility company can email to confirm your residency. You can bring the forms in to get scanned at our front desk or mail the forms to 1618 Tower Grove Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63110.


The calendar will announce all of our Open Houses for the year. These will take place every other week at different times of the day to accommodate various work schedules. If you are unable to attend the listed Open Houses, please contact the school to ask for other tour opportunities.


If you are applying for the Primary placement, you will receive word from Dr. Nicole Evans, the Principal. We will begin accepting students in April for the following year.

If you are applying for a spot in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, the admissions coordinator will contact you to let you know of your placement. **UPDATED** The first catchment lottery is scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 2017. Families will find out if they are accepted, or if they are on the waitlist, on Friday, March 10, 2017.