Frequently Asked Questions
 
How much does it cost to go to Annie Fisher Montessori?
It’s free! Annie Fisher Montessori is a public school.
Where do I get an application?
Applications may be made through the Greater Hartford Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) at choiceeducation.org.
Which grades will have openings for new students?
Most openings will be at the Pre-K 3 level.
Do you accept applications beyond Pre-K 3?
Applications are taken for grades other than Pre-K 3. However, openings in grades other than Pre-K 3 are rare and only become available if a currently enrolled child leaves the school.
How do I schedule a visit?
Open Houses are held in the fall and winter leading up to the lottery deadline. Classroom observations and school tours can also be scheduled. See our “Visit” page for an up-to-date list of Open House dates and contact information to schedule an observation or tour.
Where do students go after Annie Fisher Montessori?
All students will be eligible to continue in the Hartford Public Schools Pathway or return to their neighborhood schools. Preferences and school pathways are not a guarantee of placement. Pathway placements are made on a space-available basis. AFM has pathways to Capitol Preparatory Magnet School, Classical Magnet School, Hartford Trinity College Academy, and Sport & Medical Sciences Academy.
What is AMI and what does AMI accreditation guarantee
AMI is the Association Montessori Internationale, headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Accreditation by AMI assures families that their children will be guided by trained Montessori teachers and that the school as a whole implements Montessori philosophy and practice to an international standard set by Maria Montessori herself. The Montessori program at Annie Fisher functions under the guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale (Amsterdam). In 2012, Annie Fisher Montessori was awarded “recognition” by AMI-USA, an acknowledgment of the high quality program implementation. Annie Fisher is the only Public Montessori program nationwide that has been awarded this status by AMI-USA. It is also the only Public Elementary Montessori Program in Connecticut to receive this recognition.
Can a public school really offer an authentic Montessori education?
AMI does not discriminate between public and private schools when it grants accreditation. So if a public school is recognized by AMI you can be sure that the Montessori education offered there is as authentic and rigorous as the expensive private Montessori school down the road.
Is Annie Fisher Montessori mandated to test and assess?
In accordance with the CT State Department of Education, Annie Fisher Montessori students in grade 3 and above are assessed using the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) test. For more information, see CT State Department of Education website at http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/cwp/view.asp?a=2748&Q=334726&sdePNavCtr=|#45465. Additionally, Annie Fisher Montessori administers the Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) twice a year to children in grades kindergarten and above. The DRA helps to determine the independent reading level of each child.
What is the difference between Annie Fisher Montessori and CREC Montessori?
Annie Fisher Montessori is a magnet school in the Hartford Public Schools system and CREC Montessori is a magnet school managed by the Capital Region Education Council (CREC). Although the two schools share a dedication to Montessori philosophy and practice and applications to both are received through the lottery run by RSCO, they are independent institutions and operate as such.
Is there a uniform?
Students in all grades wear short- or long-sleeved navy blue polo shirts with khaki bottoms (e.g. pants, shorts, skort/skirt or jumper). A navy blue cardigan or sweater may be worn over the polo. Our embroidered logo is optional.  To order AFM logo embroidered polo’s please visit Land’s End.  Our preferred school program number is 900136466.
Do children have snacks during the day?
Snacks are a daily part of the primary (Pre-K and K) experience. While each classroom teacher organizes snack differently, families often take turns bringing in healthy options for the children to enjoy. Students in grades above kindergarten may bring their own snacks. Each classroom is equipped with a kitchen, including full-size refrigerator, microwave, sink and dishwasher.
Can my child buy lunch at school? Can my child bring lunch to school?
We are pleased to announce that Hartford Public Schools will be implementing a new option available to schools that participate in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. It is called the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) and will begin in school year 2015-2016.
What does CEP mean for my student(s) who attend Hartford Public Schools? In a CEP school, all students receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch at no cost, regardless of family income. Meal applications will not be collected.

What if my child changes schools? All Hartford Public Schools will be a CEP school in 2015- 2016. Your child is eligible for meals at no cost at the school where he/she is enrolled.

What if my child has money on account? If your child has monies on account they can be used for purchasing a la cart foods or a refund can be requested. If you wish a refund please contact the Food Service Department directly at 860.695.8490. If you have any questions you can contact the Food Service Department at 860.695.8490.

 

What are the policies regarding food allergies?
Annie Fisher Montessori is a nut-free environment. The school nurse keeps records of all reported student allergies and Medical Alert Lists are provided to faculty and staff.
Are there opportunities for parent involvement?
Annie Fisher Montessori warmly welcomes the involvement of all parents. They are encouraged to attend Community Coffees, twice-yearly parent-teacher conferences, and Parents as Partners events designed to educate families on Montessori philosophy and practice. Additionally, parents may join organizations such as the PTO and the School Governance Council (SGC); become a classroom representative; help in the community garden; or enjoy one of the many fun traditions and events held throughout the year with their whole family. See our “Community” pages for more details on the many opportunities to become invested in Annie Fisher Montessori!
How does Annie Fisher Montessori handle bullying?
Annie Fisher Montessori along with The Hartford Board of Education strives to promote safe and secure school climates conducive to teaching and learning. In accordance with state law, it is the policy of the Hartford Board of Education that any form of bullying behavior, whether in the classroom, on school property, traveling to or from school, or at school-sponsored events, is prohibited. Such behavior is disruptive of the educational process and therefore, not accepted behavior in this district.
What security measures are in place?
We at Annie Fisher Montessori are committed to creating and maintaining a safe educational environment. Preventative measures such as random perimeter checks and halls sweeps are constantly being completed to ensure safety. In the event of emergency there are trained staff members in crisis management. Hartford Public Schools has also created an emergency response manual. The manual addresses emergency situations with a general response.