Applications are accepted for students 18 months-10 years of age. The Montessori School of the Finger Lakes
maintains a racially nondiscriminatory policy with respect to student admissions, composition of student
body, and scholarship funds. No discrimination is, therefore, effected by the school against applicants on
the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, or religion.
Readiness for preschool is determined on an individual basis and takes the child’s level of independence
into consideration. Students who are able to part comfortably from parents and are toilet trained are generally ready.
For the Toddler program, diapers are certainly fine.
A physical examination form completed by the student’s pediatrician is required. Immunizations required by the
NYS Department of Health must be current and indicated as such on physical examination forms.
The Montessori School of the Finger Lakes follows the Auburn Enlarged City School District calendar, with the
exception of the end of the school year. The Montessori school closes one week earlier than that indicated on
the school district calendar. Along with a Parent Handbook, the calendar will be provided upon registration or it can be accessed through the Auburn school district's website,
The Montessori School of the Finger Lakes is closed for inclement weather following the determination made
by the Auburn School District Superintendent. Announcements of school closings are made on the following
radio stations: WAUB 1590 AM, WMBO 1340 AM, WNDR, WHEN, WSYR, and WSFW. In addition to the radio, three
television stations, channels 3, 5, and 9, broadcast school closings. School closings are generally announced
between 6:30 and 7:00 a.m. and continue as necessary throughout the morning.
In order to check the spread of infections, we request that parents do not send students to school exhibiting the
following serious symptoms: fever; recent (within the last 24 hours) vomiting; colored (not clear), draining mucus;
or severe ear or throat pain. In the event that a child becomes ill during the school day, teachers will make every
effort to contact parents or emergency caregivers listed by parents. It is imperative that parents arrange immediate
pick-up of the child. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that parents inform the school of any changes in
telephone (especially cell phone) numbers.
If your child is ill or will not be attending school for any reason, please inform the staff as soon as possible by
calling 252-2225. It is especially important that the staff knows as early as possible on field trip days that a
student will not be attending. Upon your child’s return to school, especially following a contagious illness,
please send in a doctor’s note attesting to the child’s return to health.
We will require a note from the parent upon a child’s return to school following an absence to explain why the
child was out. It is a requirement of the State that we be able to document reasons for absences and we
appreciate your cooperation. Notes of absence include the date(s) of absence and the reason for the absence
and are signed by a parent or guardian.
If you would like any additional information about Montessori School of the Finger Lakes, please email the Executive Director
(firstname.lastname@example.org) or call (315) 252-2225. Please be sure to include a daytime telephone number with area code should you wish to be contacted by phone.