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  • PK3-PK4 For the 2023-2024 School Year

    • Eligibility for PK3 - Your child must be 3 years old prior to September 1, 2023

    • Eligibility for PK4 - Your child must be 4 years old prior to September 1, 2023

    At John E. Ford, our Preschool Program is a tuition-based program, currently $327 per month, SUBJECT TO CHANGE. After visiting our school, submit an application ONLINE through your FOCUS account on or before February 28, 2023. Your application will be processed through the on-time lottery.  Parents will be notified in mid-April via email and/or their FOCUS account. The communication will inform you if your child was placed at John E. Ford or wait-listed.


    After visiting our school and attending a scheduled tour, your application will be submitted online.  Visit during the on-time application window, early January- February 28, 2023 for additional information.  Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by September 1st of the school year you are applying for. Students who attend John E Ford for PK4 will automatically roll up to kindergarten- they will not have to complete an application.

    1st - 8th Grade

    After visiting our school via our tour, submit an online application.  Visit during the on-time application window, early January - February 28, 2023 for additional information.

    Applications are processed with prior Montessori experience.  Prior Montessori experience is defined as a minimum of a full year of attendance in an accredited Montessori program less than a year from the immediate preceding school year.   

    Magnet Continuity

    Fifth grade students from J. Allen Axson have program continuity to the middle school program at John E. Ford, with an online application.  Students seeking program continuity between elementary school and middle school must apply during the on-time window.


    John E. Ford students do not need to reapply for 6th grade. Rising 6th graders from John E. Ford will automatically roll into the middle school program unless an application is placed for them elsewhere for middle school. Applying elsewhere causes current JEF students to lose their seat at John E. Ford unless we are selected as a second choice. There is no guarantee space will be available in the middle school program for second choice selections.  


    In the 8th grade, students have tiered continuity to Paxon School for Advanced Studies, Stanton College Prep, Darnell-Cookman SoMA and Samuel Wolfson HS.  Students seeking tiered continuity between middle school and high school magnets must apply during the on-time window.


    Tours will be conducted during the application period for the 2023-2024 school year. Please CLICK HERE for the link to our monthly calendar; our tours have been posted and have information in the description, but are also listed below. 

    Magnet Tour Information

    **If you arrive after the tour has begun, you may be asked to reschedule in order to receive tour credit for increased magnet priority.

    Day/Date                            Time

    Saturday 1/7/23                  9:00 am

    Saturday 1/7/23                10:30 am

    Saturday 1/7/23                 12:00 pm

    Saturday 1/7/23                  1:30 pm

    Thursday 1/12/23                9:00 am  CANCELLED DUE TO TESTING

    Thursday 1/19/23                9:00 am

    Thursday 1/26/23                9:00 am

    Thursday 2/2/23                  9:00 am

    Thursday 2/9/23                  9:00 am

    Thursday 2/16/23                9:00 am

    Thursday 2/23/23                9:00 am FINAL TOUR NO OTHER TOURS GIVEN

    *We are unable to accommodate individual tours or ones outside of the times and dates provided above.

    If you have missed taking a tour, you can still apply online for placement during the on-time application window. 

    Reservations are required and limited to 20 attendees during our 9 am tours. See calendar for dates.

    Our School Choice Showcase, Saturday 1/7/23, does not require reservations, nor is there a cap on attendees.

    The Saturday Showcase tour times are 9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm, 1:30 pm. 

    Please call the school for tour reservations. The first twenty (20) people may reserve a tour on a particular day; any others will need to select another available date.

    Attendees will be required to complete a tour log to allow tour credit for higher preference for the prospective student's application in the School Choice lottery.

    Please call (904)630-6540 for additional  information.


    Students currently enrolled in kindergarten - seventh grade must provide proof of prior Montessori experience for a full year from the immediate preceding school year. Tour participation is uploaded to the lottery portal at the close of the on-time application window. 


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