Saxtons River Montessori School

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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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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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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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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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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Board of Directors

The Saxtons River Montessori School is a corporation owned by the parent body, which elects a Board of Directors to oversee the financial health and operation of the school. The Board is responsible for hiring teachers and other such staff as deemed necessary for the successful operation of the school. The Board of Directors is comprised of a minimum of four officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and up to three Members-at-Large. At least one of these members also must be a Community Member. The Board and staff meet at least once every other month, and parents are encouraged to attend these meetings or have a board member represent their comments/concerns. Board members hold three-year terms.

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The Building

The Saxtons River Montessori School is nestled in the heart of Saxtons River, Vermont. This location is well placed to serve children from Saxtons River and the surrounding villages of Vermont and New Hampshire.

We are fortunate to have our little school in a beautiful village home, which reflects Dr. Maria Montessori’s original vision of a Casa dei Bambini, or a “House of Children.” In a house designed specifically for children, everything is child-sized and child-oriented so that the student can be self-directed and independent. Our Victorian farmhouse was built in the late nineteenth century and acquired by the school in the early 1990s. The playground and surrounding open fields are an integral part of the SRMS curriculum.

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SRMS operates a licensed, 5-STAR rated, Early Childhood Education Program through the State of Vermont.

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Extended Day

SRMS offers Before Care to help families with early schedules. Before Care is offered  8:00-8:30 am, Monday through Friday.

At Before Care your child has the opportunity to assist teachers with morning jobs, experience extra time to settle in, make art or read books, as well as nourishing their bodies with an early morning snack.

See the Admissions page for tuition costs of SRMS Half-Day preschool, Full-Day preschool, and Before Care programs.

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Full Day Preschool

Full Day Preschool students regroup after morning recess with a community lunch, followed by read-aloud and rest time. Our older students meet together with a teacher for journal time and afternoon lessons in the East room, while the younger students nap in our West room. As the younger children wake up, we gather together again for crafts, games and outdoor play.

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