Welcome Families

We encourage every family to begin the admission process with a tour of our school.


During the admissions process, our aim is to get to know each child and his/her individual strengths and talents. Admission to the Way of the Shepherd is both selective and thoughtful with careful consideration given to each child’s ability to flourish in the Montessori environment. The school admits and promotes students who can and will excel in personal character, Catholic values, and academic work while demonstrating self-control, maturity, and good habits.

Admissions Process

Process, Tuition, and Fees

Tour and Observe the School. Attend a school or admissions event to learn more about The Way of the Shepherd.

Fill out an Application and submit it with the application fee.  Applications will be accepted until all spaces are filled.

Children will visit the school for an interview and observation with the child’s future Guide in order to assess general school readiness, readiness for the Montessori educational environment, and appropriate grade level placement.  Your child’s visit can be scheduled with their respective Guide upon completion of the proper forms and payment of application fee.

Upon acceptance, an Enrollment Contract will be issued. Enrollment Contracts will be accepted on a rolling basis until all spaces are filled.

Families must also submit health information forms, emergency cards, and immunization updates before children begin school.

After School Care

The Way of the Shepherd Catholic Montessori School seeks to make its school accessible for all families. We offer an after school care on a contracted basis.  Please note there is no care on non-school days. The after school program runs from 3:00-5:00 PM on school days. Families may sign up for the program anytime but will be contracted for the rest of the school year. After School Care is only provided for enrolled students at The Way of the Shepherd. 

WOS After School Care will be planned and supervised by Ms. Ethel Smith, a former Children’s House Guide and Aiden Sack, a graduate from WOS. Each day, children in After Care will report to the Cabrini Room after dismissal. They will enjoy their snack followed by educational and creative arts activities as well as time outdoors (weather permitting).

Contact [email protected] for registration information.


The Way of the Shepherd shares morning busing with Anoka Hennepin Independent School District 11. Any child living in District #11 is eligible to bus to The Way of the Shepherd.  Generally, children are picked up with the high school bus program, change buses at a central location, and are dropped off at our school gate.  Buses pick up between 6:30-7:15 AM and generally arrive at school by 7:40 AM in time for the children to get ready for our 8:00 AM start time. Only children in Kindergarten through grade 8 are eligible to ride the bus. To take advantage of this opportunity, families need to submit a bus registration form.

Because we are committed to a full seven-hour day, we are not able to offer busing after the 3:00 PM dismissal. Many families form carpools or arrange for childcare pick after school.

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