Application Process


Our Admissions Process



Observe – Tuesday Mornings
Beginning in October, we host school visits for prospective and current parents (without their children) Tuesday mornings, 9:30am-12:00pm. Parents observe at all levels of the school and participate in a question and answer session with staff. This meeting is an informal, valuable, and required opportunity to ask questions and learn more about Lake Country School. Please read our observation guidelines here.


Attend Get to Know Montessori with Prospective Parents
An event held on the first Thursday evening in November for prospective parents (adults only) to learn about Lake Country School and Montessori education.


Complete application for admission and submit an application fee
The admissions application deadline for first round consideration is February 1. Applications received after February 1 are considered and dependent on availability. Applicants for tuition assistance are not required to submit the application fee and may not include the fee when submiting the online application.


Complete tuition assistance application and submit with fee
Complete the SSS's Parent’s Financial Statement. Print a copy of your most recent IRS 1040 and mail to the Lake Country School Business Manager by 5pm, March 1. Late tuition assistance applications will be considered, dependent on funding. There is not a fee waiver for the SSS's PFS application.


Applicant Visit 
Children's House applicants will visit our teaching staff on Friday, February 28, 2020. We conduct a group visit for Children's House applicants and their parents. The children will work with a group of peers and teachers for 45 minutes. Parents may join their child or attend an information session with staff. Elementary and Junior High applicants may be invited to spend a day or two in a classroom. Parents do not accompany their child, but may schedule to meet with staff. 


Record Release and Teacher Recommendation
Upon completion of the application, parents of Elementary and Junior High candidates (not Children's House) may access the required release form and a student recommendation form to sign and deliver to their child's current school from links provided on the LCS website. This authorizes your child's present school to send LCS a copy of your child's school records and a teacher to submit a confidential recommendation. Click here for the records release form. Click here for the Elementary student recommendation form. Click here for the JH student recommendation form. Forms must be returned by March 1.


Receive a decision from Lake Country School
Parents will be contacted regarding an admission decision by April 10. If a position is offered to your child at this time, a nonrefundable $500 tuition deposit will be due. Upon receipt of a tuition deposit, we will hold a place for your child in our program and you will be contractually obligated for the year's tuition.

If a position is not offered to your child but you wish to be considered for the following year, a new application must be initiated by the parent. The application fee is waived. 


Opt out of wait group
Applicants not admitted will be automatically placed in the wait group only for the year applied. If you do not wish to be placed in our wait group, please notify the Admissions Office. 

Lake Country School does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, color, creed, religion, age, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, national origin, ancestry, or disability in its admissions, financial aid programs, and administration of its educational, athletic, or other school programs. If you would like to observe in the classrooms or schedule a walk-through tour please call (612) 827-3707 or email Admissions Director Lucinda Anderson at

Mission Statement

Lake Country School is a Montessori learning environment that fosters independence, critical thinking, and creativity within each child. We are a community that promotes diversity and inclusion, as well as respect and responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.

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3755 Pleasant Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55409
Phone 612.827.3707
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