Mountain Shadows Montessori School realizes that many families must make sacrifices in order to contribute to their children’s education expenses. The Board of Directors annually allocates a certain amount of aid to the Tuition Assistance committee and gives guidelines about how this need-based aid should be divided.

In order for us to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, we have enlisted the help of Independent School Management’s FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program. FAST provides a need-based financial aid analysis service and provides the school with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition.


Tuition Assistance Policies

  • Aid is available to students based on the family’s financial need (cost of tuition less the expected family financial contribution).
  • The maximum amount of financial aid awarded is 50% of the tuition fee.
  • To be considered:  new students must have an application on file.  Returning families must be in good financial standing with the school.
  • Aid is given for one year.  Families may reapply each year.
  • The tuition assistance awards are anonymous.
  • Every attempt will be made to keep the financial information confidential.
  • Tuition assistance can only be applied to academic tuition—this does not include deposits, late fees, class material fees, before/after school childcare, activity days, class trips, etc.
  • Spaces are not reserved for students applying for aid until completed enrollment contracts and deposits are received.
  • Aid dollars are held by the school and paid as tuition payments become due.
  • If a family’s payments (i.e., deposits, tuition and/or childcare) 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.
    • Within 10 days of issuance of a financial aid offer, the family must return the signed acceptance letter, the 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.