Kindergarten Admissions Process
Admission to The Montgomery Academy’s Kindergarten program is competitive. Therefore, in order to accurately gauge an applicant’s potential for success, Kindergarten applicants are evaluated using three instruments: Admissions Testing, a Preschool Teacher Evaluation, and a Playgroup Observation. Families who are new to the Academy are required to take a campus tour as part of the admissions process.
- Admissions Testing
Each Kindergarten applicant takes the WPPSI-4 (Wechsler Preschool and Primary Scale of Intelligence) test with an approved local psychologist. This test is the leading measure of cognitive ability for preschoolers and young children. Because this test is scored based on the child’s exact age as of the date he or she is tested, there is no advantage to waiting later in the school year to test. Parents are encouraged to make appointments with the approved psychologist early, as children tend to be more prone to illness during the winter months. This test may only be given once in a six-month period. If an applicant is applying to multiple schools, the psychologist will send the test scores to each of the schools the applicant’s family requests.
- Confidential Preschool Teacher Evaluation
An applicant’s preschool teacher assists the Admissions Office in getting to know a candidate by completing the Confidential Preschool Report Form, which enables the preschool teacher to evaluate the applicant's cognitive and developmental skills. ThePreschool Report Form should be given to the applicant’s preschool teacher after January 1, 2017.
- Playgroup Observation
Applicants are invited to the Lower School campus in January or February for an informal Kindergarten Playgroup during which the applicant’s kindergarten-readiness skills can be observed in a classroom setting. Playgroup appointments are scheduled by the Admissions Office.