Public Charter Schools

Our Charter School Admissions Process

Our Kindergarten through eighth grades are part of our public charter school and are tuition-free. We offer Kindergarten programs at our Sunnyside and Westside campuses. Our Switzer campus houses our first through sixth grade students, and our Cedar campus serves the seventh and eight graders.

We encourage you to reach out directly to the campus you are interested in and schedule a tour. Prospective students are also welcome to spend the day with us and shadow a current student.


The registration process for the charter school operates according to the contract between the state and the charter school, according to A.R.S. paragraph 15-184 (A).

  • Students are admitted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Enrollment preference may be granted only as the law permits.
  • Enrollment in the private preschool does not grant a student enrollment preference into the charter kindergarten class.

Registration for Returning (Currently Enrolled) Students

  • We enroll students for the fall from our existing roster beginning on the Wednesday after President’s Day (in February). Links to online registration are generally sent home the previous Wednesday.
  • Parents of existing students have one week to register for the next grade; they have until dismissal time on the following Monday to register, at which time open registration begins.

Registration for New Students

  • Assuming there are still openings, registration for nonreturning students begins on Tuesday morning after the close of registration for returning students.
  • Students on the Prospective Students list are enrolled in the order of their place on the list.
  • Those with legal preference (such as siblings) are enrolled first.
  • Parents may place their student on a Prospective Students List for the following academic year at any time during the current year. A new Prospective Students list begins on October 1st or closest following school day of the current school year.
  • To be placed on a Prospective Students list, call the specific school (preschool, elementary, middle school, children’s house) directly.

A.R.S. 15-184(A)
A charter school shall enroll all eligible pupils who submit a timely application, unless the number of applications exceeds the capacity of a program, class, grade level or building. A charter school shall give enrollment preference to pupils returning to the charter school in the second or any subsequent year of its operation and to siblings of pupils already enrolled in the charter school. A charter school that is sponsored by a school district governing board shall give enrollment preference to eligible pupils who reside within the boundaries of the school district where the charter school is physically located. If capacity is insufficient to enroll all pupils who submit a timely application, the charter school shall select pupils through an equitable selection process such as a lottery except that preference shall be given to siblings of a pupil selected through an equitable selection process such as a lottery.” (The Montessori Charter School of Flagstaff requested and received permission to select its students based on the mechanism of a first-come, first-served waiting list.

Real learning gets to the heart of what it means to be human. Through learning we recreate ourselves. Through learning we become able to do something we never were able to do. Through learning we perceive the world and our relationship to it. Through learning we extend our capacity to create, to be part of the generative process of life.
—Peter Senge, The Fifth Discipline

Montessori Philosophy

Montessori PhilosophyThe Montessori Philosophy encourages children to develop their observation skills through activities that use the five senses, kinetic movement, spatial refinement, small and gross motor skill coordination, and concrete knowledge that leads to later abstraction.


Arizona School Tax Credit

Arizona School Tax CreditThe 2015 Arizona School Tax Credit lets your donation go directly to a public school of your choice! A tax credit is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax liability. Any Arizona taxpayer may contribute, regardless of whether your child is attending school.

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Enrichment Programs

Montessori Schools of Flagstaff Enrichment ProgramsTo meet the needs of working parents, we offer a before- and after-school program designed for children 18 months–12 years. The older children can sign up for the many special classes offered after school such as drama, art classes, and music lessons.

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