Children’s House gives equal consideration to all children, regardless of race, color, creed, sex, religious denomination or national origin. Montessori education is an approach to learning with no distinction of class, culture, or intelligence.

We are honored that you are considering Children’s House Montessori School for your child and your family.

How to Apply

  • Submit the Admission Application and $100 non-refundable application fee to begin the admission process. Students may be enrolled mid-year if spaces are available.
  • Schedule a visit during a school day to observe in a classroom and meet with an administrator. School visits are available by appointment October through May. This informational visit is intended for adults. In order for you to observe without distraction and to minimize disruption to the classrooms, we ask that you arrange child care for your child(ren). The visit takes approximately one hour.


  • Attend the Prospective Families Open House in the fall – see Calendar for date and time.


“We love Children’s House for the teachers! They have years of combined Montessori experience; sensitivity to each child’s needs with gentle but firm encouragement; they implement social-emotional learning as well as Montessori education; and longevity at the school, which is important to us. Of course, we also love the outdoor classroom!”

Jessica and Keith Massey
Parents of Taryn

When to Apply

Applications are accepted any time after your child’s birth. Considerations for enrollment include date of application and child’s readiness, including independent toileting skills. We seek families who are committed to the Montessori philosophy and committed to supporting the Children’s House in its educational programs and annual fundraising efforts. Admission decisions for fall enrollment are made each year in early March. Priority is given to siblings and legacies with applications on file by January 1 of the enrollment year. 

Additionally, as we fill our classrooms each year we attempt to balance age and gender within each group. We enroll children who are three or four years old and as space permits, children who are five years old by August 15th. We give preference to those five year olds who have previously attended a Montessori school.

*Applicants who have a birthdate from August 16 – September 30 may be permitted to enter such classroom at the request of the parent or legal guardian if the Director finds, through our Assessment for Readiness, the applicant is sufficiently mature emotionally and academically for our environment.


I have heard that it is impossible to get into Children’s House unless an application is submitted at birth. Is this true?

This is not true and we encourage you to apply!

The number of new student openings varies every year and your application date is only one of several factors we consider in our admission decisions. After we place our sibling and legacy applicants, we fill remaining openings with those from our application pool, balancing age and gender populations within each classroom. Applicants placed on a waiting list are considered for future openings within their age/gender group. Each year we enroll some children from our waiting list, often notifying families in late spring or summer.

Is my appliation complete?
You need to do three things to complete the application process:

  • Submit an application
  • Pay the application fee
  • Observe in a classroom and/or attend the fall Open House for Prospective Families
When will I know about admissions?

We will notify you in early March regarding admission or waiting list placement.

Can I request a specific classroom for my child?

We will consider your request as we work to balance our classrooms using several factors, including age and gender.

Will the Children’s House place siblings in the same classroom?

We invite parents to join us in discussing sibling placement. Some families find it helpful for siblings to be in the same classroom, others prefer separation. We will consider the best environment for each child and parents’ preference along with available openings.

Can I observe in a classroom at Children’s House?

Yes, just call our office 615-298-5647 to schedule a classroom observation. We typically schedule visits on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 9:00, mid-October through the end of the school year.

What is Montessori?

Montessori is both a method and a philosophy developed by Dr. Maria Montessori more than 100 years ago. It is a child-centered approach to learning that recognizes that children learn best within a social environment which supports individual development. Montessori trained teachers prepare the classrooms so that each child can work at his own pace with specially designed, sequenced materials allowing individual choice with gentle guidance and hands-on learning. Children develop the skills needed to become responsible members of a community including cooperation, negotiation and problem-solving skills. Learn more at the American Montessori Society.

Is my child ready?

At age three children are entering a new stage of independence and social abilities. Our Montessori classroom is an ideal place to channel their desire for independence into a desire to learn and to explore the world around them. Your child must be three years old and possess independent toileting skills.

Are meals served?

Children bring a lunch from home. We offer nutritious snacks in the morning, after nap and during our afternoon extended care program. We serve a variety of whole grain products, healthy fruits and vegetables, cheese and organic milk.

What is my role as a Children’s House parent? Can I be involved?

We invite and encourage parent involvement. We ask that parents and other extended family members be involved in some of the following ways:

  • Observe in child’s classroom during the school year to understand how it all works
  • Volunteer to drive for field trips, make materials, garden, cook or read, etc.
  • Join fund-raising event planning committees
  • Attend parent meetings, social events and fund-raising events
  • Serve as a board member for a three-year term
  • Additionally, we expect that each family will participate in our annual House Fund at a level that is individually meaningful. This fund supports improvements and capital projects, continuing the legacy that our families always leave the school better than they found it.
Does Children’s House operate on an academic calendar year?

Yes, we are closed the traditional school holidays including two weeks in December and a spring break in March. A summer camp with eight one-week sessions is optional. We are closed for most of August. See our Calendar for more details.

Where do children attend school when they leave Children’s House?

Our students leave Children’s House as confident and competent learners who are well prepared for the next school experience. Many schools, both public and private, look forward to having our alumni in their classrooms. Recent alumni have attended Eakin, Ensworth, Franklin Road Academy, Glendale, Harding Academy, Julia Green, Oak Hill, Percy Priest, St. Bernard, St. Paul, University School of Nashville and Waverly Belmont.

2020-2021 Tuition

Our program is a 5-day-a-week program with full day and part day enrollment options.

Full Time

3 & 4 Year Olds

$12,130 per year


5 Year Olds

$13,711 per year

View our 2020-2021 Tuition and Fee Schedule for all fees, including extended care.

Want to Learn More About CHN?

 If you have further questions about any part of our admissions process or if you are ready to schedule a visit, Prospective click the button below. We hope to hear from you soon!

Parent tours are available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00 am beginning in late October through April of each school year. These tours are for parents to attend and learn more about Children’s House and observe the Montessori methodology in action. Please schedule your visit by contacting the office 615.298.4657