FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) At OSMS

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Does my child need previous Montessori experience to be considered for admission, especially for older grades?

Previous experience in a Montessori classroom is helpful, but not a necessity to be considered for admission. Students without previous experience in a Montessori classroom have been accepted into our programs at all ages and have had great success as OSMS students.

How long has the school been in existence?

The Ocean State Montessori School (OSMS) was founded in 1973 by a group of parents interested in providing a Montessori education for their children. What started as a one-room school for preschool-aged children has evolved over the years to include Montessori programs for children ages three to twelve, as well as extended day programs and vacation and summer camps. For more information read About Us.

What type of parent involvement is there?

Our school is a parent community school. Each family is required to volunteer 10 hours per school year. There are many different volunteer opportunities including serving on a school committee; subbing in the classroom; helping with grounds, maintenance, technology, or office work; chaperoning field trips; and helping with special school activities (Grandfriends’ Day, Book Fairs, Movie Night, etc.). For more information read about our Parent Community.

Is the school a non-profit?

Yes, the school is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) corporation.

What qualifications do your teachers have?

Our Montessori teachers possess a Bachelor’s degree or higher in education or a related field. In addition, they have received their American Montessori Society (AMS) certification for the level at which they are teaching. Occasionally we will hire a teacher who will teach while attending a Montessori teacher education program. Successful completion of the program is required for continued employment.

Is the school licensed?

The OSMS is licensed by both the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Department of Children, Youth and Families.

How many students do you have? What is the teacher to student ratio?

Please see the About Us page for information on current enrollment level.
We have:
  • One Wee Threes classroom (age 3) with a Lead Teacher and 8 students.
  • Three Primary classrooms (ages 3 to 6). Each primary classroom has approximately 20 students with a Lead Teacher and Teacher Assistant
  • Two Lower Elementary classrooms (ages 6 to 9). Each has one Lead Teacher. Average class size is 12-16 students.
  • One Upper Elementary classroom (ages 9-12) with a Lead Teacher. Average class size is 12-16 students.

Do you offer year-round care?

The OSMS follows a typical school-year calendar. However, we do offer vacation camps for our February and April vacations, as well as an eight-week summer camp program. For more information see the Vacation/Summer Camps page.

Does my child need to have been in a Montessori program to transfer to the Elementary program?

We accept students without previous experience in a Montessori classroom. Typically students who are able to adapt more readily to the independent learning style have an easier transition.

Do you offer music, art, or any other special classes?

Music: Music is incorporated into the daily curriculum of our Wee Threes and Primary students through songs at circle time and through the study of the composer of the month. Our Music Teacher also provides formal music instruction to all our students, Wee Threes through sixth grade.

Art: Art is also incorporated into the daily curriculum of our Wee Threes and Primary students through practical life activities and the study of the artist of the month. Our Art Teacher provides formal art classes for all Primary 3 and Elementary students where they explore a variety of media.

Spanish: Spanish is introduced in  the Primary 3 Program and continues through sixth grade.

Physical Education and Health: Physical Education and health are incorporated into the Wee Threes and Primary students' curriculum through outdoor play as well as movement activities within the classroom. Primary 3 and Elementary students have a more formal physical education and health curriculum.

Do you have an Open House? When can I visit?

We hold our annual Open House in November. The Open House provides parents with an opportunity to tour the school, visit in the classroom, meet the staff, and talk with parents of currently enrolled students. Parents and children are welcome to attend.

We schedule school tours and observations on an individual basis. Please call the office to schedule a time to visit (401) 434-6913. Parents wishing to spend time observing in our classrooms should visit without their children. See the Contact Us page.

What is the application process?

You may submit your application for the next school year at any time; all applicants are put on a "waiting pool" until January when we begin the acceptance process. We typically accept students based on a first-come, first-served basis, with some exceptions. Preference is given for siblings of current and past students, as well as for students transferring from other Montessori schools. We also try to maintain a gender and age balance within each class.

Notification of acceptance is sent beginning in January with enrollment deposits typically due within two weeks of notification. The enrollment deposit secures a spot for your child. We continue to accept from the waiting pool until all classrooms are full. For more information see the Admissions page.

Does my child need to visit?

Yes, we schedule visits for all applicants beginning in January. Decision notification is sent shortly after your child's visit. Wee Threes and Primary 1 and 2 applicants visit in the afternoon for approximately thirty minutes. Primary 3 applicants visit from 12:30 to 1:30, and Elementary applicants visit during a regular school day.

Do you have an outdoor play area?

Yes, we have an enclosed yard with a play structure and room to run and play. We also have a second fenced-in area adjacent to the parking lot with a basketball hoop. Weather providing, we seek to go outside on the playground every day. 

Do you accept students from any state/town?

Yes, our students come from many communities throughout Rhode Island as well as nearby Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Can my child ride the bus to school?

Busing availability depends on where you live. Rhode Island has a regionalized busing system that requires different cities and towns to provide busing for residents attending private schools in other cities and towns. For more information about busing please call your local school district.

How much does it cost for tuition?

Please see read our Tuition and Costs page.

Where are you?

Ocean State Montessori School is located at 100 Grove Avenue in East Providence between Route 195, Route 44, and Broadway. For details see the Map & Directions page.
Since becoming a student at OSMS, our daughter has blossomed both academically, and socially. It is a wonderful feeling as a parent to know your child belongs to a community where she is appreciated by her teachers and peers alike. We are grateful for the educational environment the OSMS staff provides so that she may continue to thrive.
-Tami & Joelle Ferraiuolo

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