Saxtons River Montessori School



Teacher-Student Meeting. Parents of prospective students must observe at SRMS and meet with the teaching staff before the enrollment application is considered complete. Prior to the acceptance, the prospective student must be scheduled for a classroom visit and an introduction to the teachers. Contact us to schedule a teacher-student meeting.

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Please read the 2024-2025 cover letter before applying. We often have a waitlist at SRMS and encourage families to apply a year or more before their child turns 3 years old. Please be sure to note the current age of your child and the academic year you would like your child to attend SRMS.


The New Student Application Form must be completed and returned
to SRMS, along with a $25 application fee in order to be considered for admission. You will receive notification of your child’s placement in your program of choice by mid-June.

Once you receive notification, the next step will be to complete an Enrollment Form and submit a $200 tuition deposit to confirm your place in the program. Tuition deposits are applied to the full year’s tuition payment. Any reserved placements that are unconfirmed by July 15, 2024 will be made available to other applicants.

Applications, along with the $25 application fee, may be submitted by mail (P.O. Box 98, Saxtons River, VT 05154) or by email to:



Each child shall have either immunization records appropriate for his or her age by September 1, 2024, or waivers signed by parent(s) if immunization is not chosen by the family, or by the family doctor if immunizations are not given for medical/health reasons.

Students who have properly returned their enrollment application forms with fees and have completed a school visit will be considered for enrollment. Once the student is accepted, a $200 tuition deposit is required to confirm the child’s enrollment. Parents must agree to abide by the by-laws, contracts, and all rules and regulations of SRMS.

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Public Pre-K Funding

Act 166 now mandates funding for 10 hours per week of universal pre-K for all preschool-aged children in Vermont in a prequalified program for 35 weeks in a school year.

Regardless of parental income or circumstance, children 3 years old on or before 9/1/24 are eligible to receive high-quality early learning experiences. For the 2024-25 school year, the Act 166 funding is equal to $3,764.00 per child.

SRMS is a prequalified program. Pre-K funding is paid directly to the school and is applied towards your tuition. To receive these funds, each family needs to submit a Public Pre-K registration form directly to their school district.

WNESU (Bellows Falls, Rockingham, Westminster, Athens, Grafton)

Download the WNESU Pre-K Funding Application here.

WSESU (Brattleboro, Dummerston, Vernon, Guilford, Putney)

Website: or call Janice Stockman at (802) 254-3755.
Download the WSESU registration form here.

Springfield School District

Download the SSD Pre-K cover letter here.
Download the SSD Pre-K registration form here.
Download the SSD Pre-K Form for returning Pre-K students here.

Two Rivers Supervisory Union


Bennington-Rutland Supervisory Union


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Program costs for the 2023-2024 school year (10-month billing cycle, September-June):

Morning Preschool (8:30 – 11:45AM)

4 Mornings: $8,322  (less $3,764 VT Pre-K Funding) =  $4,558/yr.  $455.80/mo.)

Full Day Preschool (8:30AM – 3:00PM)

3 Full Days:  $ 8,322/yr. (less $3,764 VT Pre-K Funding =  $4,558/yr.  $455.80/mo.)

4 Full Days:  $ 10,236/yr. (less $3,764 VT Pre-K Funding =  $6,472/yr.  $647.20/mo.)

Extended Day

Before Care is offered from 8:00 – 8:30AM.

If committed to a regular Before Care schedule 3-4 days/wk, the cost is $8/day.
Daily drop-in rate is $14/day.

Learn more about our Half-Day Preschool, Full-Day Preschool, and Extended Day programs on our Programs page.

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Financial Aid

Saxtons River Montessori School (SRMS) recognizes that an offer of financial assistance may be an important factor in your decision to enroll your child at SRMS. The school offers partial scholarships based on financial need and the amount of money available in our scholarship fund. If you wish to apply for scholarship aid, we ask that you first check to see if your family is eligible for Bright Futures tuition assistance before completing and submitting a scholarship application.

Please contact us for a printed Scholarship Application form.

Decisions on scholarships are generally made after your child has been accepted. All information is strictly confidential.

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Bright Futures

Building Bright Futures is a state program that offers tuition assistance for eligible families, based on income and child care need (e.g. parents work or go to school, etc.)

To check to see if your family is eligible, go to the Vermont DCF’s Bright Futures website and click the Child Care Benefits tab.

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Variance Requests

Applications with requests for program variations from the standard SRMS offerings will be waitlisted and filled on a space-available basis at a later date. A letter to the Director/School Board, outlining the reason behind your need for the variance, must accompany any request.

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Non-discrimination Policy

SRMS does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our staff, students, families, volunteers, and vendors.

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