Enrollment Process and Questions


Steps for Enrollment at Compass Montessori School:

  1. Tour the Golden campus. While this is not mandatory, it is highly recommended so that you can experience Compass Montessori as a whole school, serving children from preschool through twelfth grade. Your child may attend the Tour with you. Pre-registration is required for all Tour dates. To prevent any interruption of student learning, we limit the number of tour attendees.

  2. Attend one of the MANDATORY Parent Orientation meetings at our Wheat Ridge campus. This is a more informational meeting and is not recommended for children.

  3. Fill out a First Round Choice Enrollment Form (provided at the Parent Orientation)and submit it within the Enrollment Window. 

  4. Submit a Choice Enrollment Form for the lottery via email or mail.  Forms may be submitted at either campus. We cannot accept early submissions. Your Choice Enrollment Form must be marked by a Compass Montessori School staff member on the evening of the Parent Orientation that you attend. Parents with children already enrolled at Compass Montessori School do not need to attend the Parent Orientation meeting. Parents who attended last year’s Parent Orientation do not need to attend again for one year; we have records that document your attendance. It would behoove you to note the month you attended at the top of the Choice Enrollment Form  

  5. Wait for a call from us to offer your child a space in our program, cross-campus. Once offered, you have 48 hours to accept the spot or it will be released to the next student on the waitlist.


Frequently asked questions:

I missed the First Round Choice Lottery. What do I do?

We do have a Second Round Choice Lottery window. Refer to the Forms and Links page for the Second Round Choice Form.


Do I need to submit a Choice Enrollment Form at both the Wheat Ridge and Golden campus?

Enrollment at Compass Montessori School is a combined enrollment. Only one Choice Enrollment Form per child is necessary.


What age does my child have to be to start in Compass Montessori School’s  Children's House program?

Your child must be 3 years old by October 1st to attend Compass Montessori School. Children must be independent with their toileting needs before attending.


Do I need to pre-register for the Parent Orientation meeting?

No pre-registration is required. Please arrive 5 minutes before the meeting is scheduled to begin.


Do I need to pre-register for the Tour?

Pre-registration is required for each of the Tour dates. Please sign up online via clicking here or by calling (303) 271-1977 ext. 2221 to sign-up


Can I bring my child to the Tour or Parent Orientation?

Children are welcome to attend the Tour. The Parent Orientation meeting, however, requires a more focused audience and we do not recommend bringing children.  


How long is the Parent Orientation meeting?

These meetings can take up to 1 hour.


How long is the Tour?

The tours last approximately 1 hour.


What if I live out of state?

If you live out of state, you may print the Choice Enrollment form fax, email, or mail it to us. If your child is offered a spot at Compass Montessori School, and you have not attended our Parent Orientation, we require a one-on-one informational meeting with you before you accept your position.


What if I attended the Parent Orientation last year?

You only need to attend a Parent Orientation meeting every other year. However, you do need to submit a new Choice Enrollment form each year. Please note on the Choice Enrollment form the month you attended the Parent Orientation during the previous year.


What if I want my child at the Golden campus but am offered a spot at Wheat Ridge (or vice versa)?

We are one school with two campuses. If you choose to decline a spot for your child when offered, you have officially released your space.  


Is there a possibility that my child can transfer between campuses?



I didn’t get a call. Now what?

Unfortunately, you must be patient and wait. We begin calling families about available spots during the first week in February. This process can take a couple of weeks. If you do not hear within the first couple of weeks of February, it probably means that your child has been put on the waitlist. You may call the office at either campus to find out your place n the Lottery.  


Compass Montessori School is a Jefferson County Public Charter School.  Our preschool program is tuition based and Enrollment is free of charge for Half day Kindergarten through 12th grade and open to:

  1. First, current 6th graders in our Elementary program will be granted admission to the Golden campus for 7th grade.

  2. Second, siblings of current Compass Montessori students who have completed the Choice Enrollment form for the lottery and returned them to Compass Montessori School by the submission deadlines.

  3. Third, other students from Jefferson County who have completed the Choice Enrollment form and returned them to Compass Montessori School by the submission deadlines.

  4. Lastly, students from outside of Jefferson County who have completed the Choice Enrollment forms and returned them to Compass Montessori School by the submission deadlines.