We are honored that you are considering The Children’s House of Nashville for your child and your family.

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.


How to Apply

  • Submit the Admission Application and $100 non-refundable application fee to begin the admission process.
  • Complete a virtual visit. (Due to safety and security protocols and to accommodate our large number of applicants, we are only offering virtual visits at this time. Virtual Visits run October through January and correspond to the school year you are applying for. For example-if you apply for the 2025/26 school year, your virtual visit may be scheduled October 2024 through January 2025. Admissions decisions are communicated in March of each year.
  • *Note: Admissions decisions for the 2024-25 school year will be announced via email the first week of March.  In order to be considered, all applications must be completed by Wed., Feb. 21, 2024.

“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 age, gender, diversity, sibling/legacy status, date of application, and the child’s readiness, including independent toileting skills. We seek families who are committed to the Montessori philosophy and committed to supporting 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.

We primarily enroll new children who are three years old to balance our mulit-age classrooms.  As space permits, we enroll a few children who are four and five years old. We give preference to those older children who have previously attended a Montessori school. Children must turn five on or before August 15 of their kindergarten year.

*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.

*Note: Admissions decisions for the 2024-25 school year will be announced via email the first week of March.  In order to be considered, all applications must be completed by Wed., Feb. 21, 2024.


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, gender, and diversity within each classroom. Applicants placed in the wait pool are considered for future openings within their age/gender group. 

Is my application complete?

You need to do three things to complete the application process:

  • Submit an application
  • Pay the application fee
  • Attend a virtual or in-person school visit
When will I know about admissions?

We will notify you by email in early March regarding admission or wait pool status.

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 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, while 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?

Currently, we are not allowing observations in the classrooms.  We will resume when it is safe for our community. 

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 children can work at their 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 by September 30th and possess independent toileting skills.

Are meals served?
Children bring a morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack from home each day.
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 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 Abintra, 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.

2023-2024 Tuition

Our program is full-day, 5 days a week.

3 & 4 Year Olds

$13,758 per year


Kindergarten & K-Club

$15,551 per year

View our 2023-2024 Tuition and Fee Schedule for all fees.

Tuition Assistance Program

Because our tuition assistance program is funded by charitable giving we want to assure that those funds are appropriated to families with demonstrated need. To do so, Children’s House partners with School and Student Services (SSS) by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) in our tuition assistance financial aid process. Children’s House uses the SSS recommendation as a guideline in determining the award to be offered.  We require that parents submit a Parent Financial Statement provided by SSS. This application is available at our website, www.childrenshousenashville.org.

  • It is imperative that families applying for tuition assistance, both new and returning, meet the application and document submission deadlines. There is often more demand for assistance than funds available. No guarantees can be made for consideration or availability of funds for families whose documents are received after the published deadline.  All required documents must be submitted by February 1 of the year of application.
  • Tuition assistance awards are good for one year.  Families must reapply each year.

Steps to Apply

  • Contact the school director at 615-298-5647, rhonda.mckay@childrenshousenashville.org or access tuition assistance information online at https://sssandtadsfa.my.site.com/familyportal.
  • Tuition assistance materials (including the PFS Form) are available on our website each December for the next school year. There is a non-refundable application fee payable to SSS.
  • By February 1, submit all documents to SSS, including:
    PFS form
    W-2 and/or 1099 forms or other appropriate forms, as requested (details in Applying for Financial Aid information)
    Signed copy of the appropriate year’s tax return, including all schedules (details in Applying for Financial Aid information).
  • Tuition Assistance award notifications will be made in a timely manner during March and April.

Policies and Practices

  • Children’s House practices a “need blind” admission policy in regard to tuition assistance.  A request for tuition assistance does not influence the admission decision.
  • All of the child’s parents/guardians are expected to provide income to be considered for tuition assistance award. If no income is stated on PFS for a guardian, an amount equal to 120% of annual, full time, minimum wage will automatically be imputed as income on PFS for the calculation of need.
  • Children’s House reserves the right to request verification of all documents and statements made on PFS.
  • All documents are subject to audit by a CPA external to Nashville.

Tuition assistance awards  will be made on the basis of demonstrated need and awarded as follows:

  • 90% of need as specified in SSS’s  expected family contribution (EFC) after verification of documents and parent input on Parent Financial Statement OR
  • 100% of the amount family states on PFS that it can afford to pay, if greater than the EFC provided by SSS.
  • If demonstrated need of applicant pool exceeds funds available, the names of applicants who have met submission deadlines will be selected randomly for awards.
  • Recipients of financial aid are not subject to special standards or other requirements that would treat them unequally.
  • Children’s House regards all financial information as confidential and expects the family to do the same.

Click Here – Additional instructions for applying for the 2024-25 academic year

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