Mountain Shadows Montessori School realizes that many families make sacrifices in order to provide a private school education for their child. On an annual basis, a budgeted amount of dollars is allocated to provide tuition assistance to families demonstrating financial need.

The school uses Independent School Management’s FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) to help determine how to best allocate the budgeted tuition assistance dollars.  FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service and recommends to the school how much a family should be able to contribute towards tuition.

Tuition Assistance Policies

  • Tuition assistance is awarded to students based on the family’s demonstrated financial need (annual tuition less the expected family’s financial contribution).
  • The maximum amount of tuition assistance awarded is 50% of the annual tuition.
  • To be considered, new students must have an application on file.  Returning families must be in good financial standing with the school.
  • Tuition assistance is awarded for one year.  Families may reapply annually.
  • The tuition assistance awards are anonymous.
  • Financial information is kept confidential.
  • Tuition assistance can only be applied to academic tuition—this does not include deposits, late fees, class material fees, extended hours, activity days, class trips, etc.
  • Spaces are not reserved for students applying for tuition assistance until signed enrollment contracts and deposits are received.
  • Tuition assistance dollars are held by the school and paid as tuition payments become due.
  • If a family’s payments (i.e., deposits, tuition) become past due, tuition assistance may be revoked.

Procedures for Families

  1. Submit your Tuition Assistance Request Form to the Business Office.
  2. Click on the “FAST” button below and fill out the self-guided online application.  Online e-mail and a 24/7 helpline is provided—please do not call the school with questions.
    • All your financial information should be entered directly through the secure server.
    • In cases of separation or divorce, both the custodial and non-custodial parents must submit complete information about the financial resources of parents and step-parents (if any)
    • Additional documents requested (including a copy of the most recent tax return) must be mailed directly to FAST.  Processing can not be completed until this information is received and verified by FAST.
    • Within 10 days of issuance of a tuition assistance award, the family must return the signed acceptance letter and signed enrollment contract, and pay the non-refundable deposit.
    • Upon acceptance of the contract and deposit, a space will be reserved for your child.

FAST Application Link

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Mountain Shadows Montessori School offers AMI programs for students 12 months to 12 years old.

...So, what is AMI?

Association Montessori Internationale

AMI is the organization that is tasked with the responsibility of maintaining the integrity of Maria Montessori's legacy. Mountain Shadows and AMI share a mission to support children's natural development and to help them become the transformative force of society.

This comes with a commitment to a standard of excellence, defined by...


Rigorous and extensive training

including the study of child development and a deep understanding of the Montessori materials to assist the teacher in creating the environment necessary for this work.


Three-year age ranges

within each classroom that allow children to work at their own pace and level of development.


Extended work time,

including a three hour uninterrupted work cycle.


Upholding international standards

through expert consultation every three years and regular and ongoing study of pedagogy and practice.

For your child, this means...


Whether it's digging in the dirt or discovering the universe.


Whether it's speaking your mind or learning to speak up.


Whether it's composing a song or coming up with a big idea.


Whether it's for ourselves or for others.


Whether it's work or play.

Critical Thinking

Whether it's studying science or solving a problem.


Whether it's doing your part or doing what's right.


Whether it's planning your day or preparing your own lunch.


Whether it's deciding together or sharing the work.


Whether it's supporting your friends or saving the planet.

This is what Mountain Shadows means for your child.