Message from the Head of School






Dear Prospective Families,

Welcome! We are so pleased that you are considering MSCU for your child’s educational needs. Since 1962, we have been a community committed to developing lifelong learners, respecting independence, and positively impacting the world – one child at a time. If this sounds like a vision that aligns with your family’s educational values, we encourage you to start the application process – we would love to have your family become part of ours. If you have any questions about the admissions process at all, please do not hesitate to call the school at (217) 356-1818 or email our school manager at We look forward to starting the magic of the learning journey with your children in the coming year!

Monica Huang
Head of School

2020-21 School Year – Tuition & Rates

Rates below assume a 10-month school year commitment, with tuition due monthly. If a family re-enrolls after the first day of school, the amount is prorated based on a daily rate calculated as the annual cost divided by 176 days.

Toddler Program (18-36 months)

Montessori Toddler (8:30am-2:30pm): $10,250/year

Optional Childcare Add-Ons:
– Early Care (7:30am-8:30am): $900/year
– Afterschool Care (2:30pm-5:30pm): $2,200/year


Primary Program (3-6 years old, includes Kindergarten)

Montessori Primary (8:30am-2:30pm): $8,800/year (with or without afternoon nap)

Half Day Montessori (8:30am-11:30am): $5,600/year

Kindergarten (8:30am-2:30pm): $9,650/year

Optional Childcare Add-Ons:
– Early Care (7:30am-8:30am): $900/year
– Afterschool Care (2:30pm-5:30pm): $2,100/year


Elementary Program (Grades 1-6)

Montessori Elementary (8:30am-3:00pm): $10,250/year

Optional Childcare Add-Ons:
– Early Care (7:30am-8:30am): $900/year
– Afterschool Care (2:30pm-5:30pm): $2,100/year


Secondary Program (Grades 7-8)

Montessori Secondary (8:30am-3:00pm): $10,250/year

Optional Childcare Add-Ons:
– Early Care (7:30am-8:30am): $900/year
– Afterschool Care (2:30pm-5:30pm): $2,100/year


Fees & Discounts

$400 Annual Enrollment Fee
(covers materials, activities, field trips, transportation as applicable, and other logistical costs)
($300/each for any siblings concurrently enrolled in the same school year)

Sibling Discount:
1st child = Regular tuition rate
2nd child = 10% off lowest tuition rate
Additional children = 15% off lowest tuition rate


The Admissions Process:

All prospective families must submit a complete application file prior to being considered for enrollment at MSCU.

All Applicants – The file is considered complete after all of the following have been completed:
1. Tour the school. See if it seems like a good fit for your family, and if your child is ready for the independence that Montessori education requires.
2. Submit the MSCU Application for Enrollment online.
3. Submit the $50 Application Fee (can be paid online through the enrollment application form, or via cash/check/money order to the MSCU office).
4. Submit a completed MSCU Prospective Family Interview Questions page to MSCU.

In addition, Kindergarten, Elementary, and Secondary program applicants have some additional requirements for their application files:

Kindergarten Applicants – Additional Requirements
– One (1) MSCU Teacher Recommendation Form, mailed or emailed directly from the recommending teacher to MSCU

Lower Elementary Applicants (Grades 1-3) – Additional Requirements
– Two (2) MSCU Teacher Recommendation Forms, mailed or emailed directly from the recommending teachers to MSCU

Upper Elementary Applicants (Grades 4-6) and Secondary (Grades 7-8) – Additional Requirements
– Two (2) MSCU Teacher Recommendation Forms, mailed or emailed directly from the recommending teachers to MSCU
– One (1) Upper Elementary/Secondary – Student Questionnaire, completed by the prospective student him/herself, in his/her own handwriting and mailed or emailed directly to MSCU

All admissions materials may be sent to:

MSCU Admissions
1403 Regency Drive East
Savoy, IL 61874

Alternatively, you may email a scanned copy of materials to:

Please be sure to put “NEW STUDENT ADMISSIONS MATERIALS: [Child’s Full Name]” in the subject line of your email or postal mail, to ensure that your materials are received and properly categorized.

Application Timeline

Once all application materials have been received, your child’s application is considered complete. The following is a timeline of events after application completion:

1. Application materials are completed by family and submitted in full to MSCU office.
2. Within approximately 2 weeks of application completion, an acceptance decision (or invitation to schedule a further interview in the form of a class visit, for Elementary students) will be sent via email to the family.
3. (Elementary and Secondary students ONLY) Students who are invited for further interview will spend some time in the Elementary class to see if the instructional methodology is a good fit. We strive to send an acceptance decision for Elementary and Secondary students via email within 2 weeks of this extended interview.
4. Once acceptance materials have been sent, families must pay the enrollment fee and sign the tuition agreement by the deadline stated on the documents in order to reserve their child’s spot. MSCU reserves the right to offer the spot to other applicants, if the enrollment fee and tuition agreements are not signed by the stated deadlines.

We look forward to receiving your application and getting to know your child and your family better!

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