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Parents FAQ

  • 1. Can Chinese and International students attend MSS?

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    The Montessori School of Shanghai is a private bilingual school that enrolls Chinese and international students. MSS follows the enrollment regulations of the Shanghai Municipal Education Commission. For further clarification please contact a campus Admission Officer.

  • 2. How do I apply for my child?

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    Begin by reviewing our website to learn more about MSS. You can also go to the American Montessori Society website to learn more about the Montessori method. Then, submit an inquiry through the MSS official website or public WeChat (code) account. A member of our admission team will contact you to schedule an onsite or virtual tour and guide you through the next steps of the process.

  • 3. When does the school year begin?

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    The academic year begins in August and ends in June. A summer camp session is held in July. MSS observes the Government national holidays and closes for parent conferences and teacher in-service which is posted on the MSS calendar 

    MSS offers on-going admissions throughout the year when an opening becomes available. Candidates are selected from the waiting pool of parents who have completed the admission process and who are accepted.

  • 4. What is the schedule of the day?

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    Children enter the campus at 8:30, wash their hands, and proceed to the nurse waiting for a health check. Teachers greet the children and walk to the classrooms to greet their friends, take off their outer clothes, and change their shoes. Children may gather together or will begin selecting activities to do by themselves or with a friend. This session is called a work cycle and continues for about 2.5 hours, giving children time to focus on meaningful activities, build their concentration, and focus on activities that increase their thinking and knowledge. Teachers provide individual or group lessons during this time. Playtime is a favorite time for children before lunch. Next, the children prepare for lunch and practice their skills to serve themselves, eat in a friendly setting, and put their dishes away for cleaning. Most of the 3 and 4-year-old children proceed to enjoy a rest time, while the 5-year-olds begin more advanced activities of the Montessori curriculum. The day culminates with Chinese instructions based on the 2nd Reform curriculum sharing themes integrated into the Montessori environment. Children are ready to share the events of the day at 3:30 at dismissal time.

  • 5. How do I prepare my child for the first days of school?

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    Parents can begin by observing their child. Look for ways to allow your child to be more independent and express his needs to you. Try to decrease doing for your child what they can do for themselves. Guide with language and words to your actions. Speak in complete sentences and provide time for your child to process. Focus on helping your child become as independent in the basic needs of dressing, toileting, washing hands, putting on a sweater or jacket. Let your child carry items into the house from the car, increase expectations of sitting at the table with the family, and eat with their utensils and cups. At MSS, children are guided to independence and soon enjoy doing things more each day. Teachers carefully teach children how to care for their own needs and provide opportunities to practice and improve. The teachers will guide you to make the beginning days easier for you and your child.

  • 6. Does the school provide transportation for students?

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    School bus service is provided daily for the toddlers and early childhood children for a fee. MSS has a professional school bus management team, experienced school bus drivers and school bus teachers. Interested families may ask for more details about the pick-up locations and register for this service.

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