We’re thrilled that you’re ready to apply to complete your Montessori Primary Training for 2½ - to 6-year-olds with SIMS! We’re looking forward to getting to know you.

The Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies is open to men and women who have demonstrated suitability for Montessori training based on maturity of personality, integrity of character, intellectual creativity, and aptitude for psychological insight and understanding.

We know applications can be daunting, so we've broken our application process down into a simple four-step process that you can begin today.

  • Step One: You can complete this right now! Step One information is information that you probably already have on hand, and your application fee. It will take you about 10 minutes to complete. Your application fee is $150.

  • Step Two: This step is a bit more involved. It includes submitting more information about your education and work history, and transcripts, as well as a personal essay. It may seem like a lot, but don't worry — we'll walk you through it! First, go ahead and gather the required information (we'll show you exactly what you need once you've completed Step One). Once you have everything in hand, it should take about 45 minutes to complete the online process.

  • Step Three: In this step, we'll ask for some information about your language preferences, as well as for personal references and three letters of recommendation. You can upload the letters to the application yourself, or send a link to your reference, who will be able to fill a form out online and send it back to SIMS directly.

  • Step Four (International Students Only): If you're applying as a non-U.S. citizen/resident, we'll need some additional information about you, including a copy of your passport and proof of your financial resources. We'll also ask you for an additional $750 international student processing fee if a new student visa is required.

Once your application is complete, we will reach out to you to schedule an in-person, Skype, or phone interview.

Upon a successful review of your application and positive admission decision, you will receive your letter of acceptance and submit your $1000 deposit. We are looking forward to meeting you!

Prefer to apply by mail? Complete Step One online, then download this checklist for a list of everything you'll need to complete your application. Mail in your checklist along with your application.

Your answers to the questions on the application form will be regarded as confidential. They are used in the administrative process by the Director of Training and, if admitted, by members of the Examining Board of the Association Montessori Internationale. SIMS does not discriminate in any manner contrary to law or justice on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, veteran’s status or national origin in its educational programs or activities, including employment and admissions.

Get Started

In Step 1 of our application form, you'll give us some initial information about yourself and your history with Montessori. You'll also need a credit card handy to pay your application fee. Your application fee is $150.

Steps 2-3 can be filled out at a later time, but please make sure to complete Step 1 first, and submit the form below, before continuing further.

To ensure a spot in either our Summer 2017 or Fall 2017 course, make sure to complete all three steps of this application.

Need help or have questions? Contact us to talk at 1-877-897-SIMS.


Congratulations! You’ve completed the first step of the application process. Please submit Step 2 of your application online, or mail it in within 10 business days.

Fill out the information on this page to get to your longer Step 2 application. To complete Step 2, you will need:

  • A current resume
  • An essay of interest (also used as your writing sample)

For your convenience, download this checklist to see all of the details you need to include to complete each section of your application. If mailing, send your completed application and check to:

Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies
3961 E. Chandler Blvd, Ste 111-170
Phoenix, Arizona 85048
Attention: Admissions

Congratulations! You’ve completed the second step of the application process. Please submit Step 3 of your application online, or mail it in within 10 business days.

Fill out the information on this page to get to your longer Step 3 application. To complete Step 3 of this application, you will need:

  • Names, email addresses, and phone numbers of 2 professional/academic and 1 personal reference
  • Letters of recommendation from all 3 references

For your convenience, download this checklist to see all of the details you need to include to complete each section of your application. If mailing, send your completed application and check to:

Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies
3961 E. Chandler Blvd, Ste 111-170
Phoenix, Arizona 85048
Attention: Admissions

Please note: You should only complete Step 4 of this application if you are applying as a non-U.S. citizen/resident. If you are an international student, please make sure you've completed steps 1-3 before completing this final step in the process.

Fill out the information on this page to get to your longer international student application. To complete this final step of your application, you will need:

  • A copy of your passport
  • Proof of your financial resources, such as a bank statement or letter from your bank, which includes your name, account number, and current account balance

For your convenience, download this checklist to see all of the details you need to include to complete each section of your application. If mailing, send your completed application and check to:

Southwest Institute of Montessori Studies
3961 E. Chandler Blvd, Ste 111-170
Phoenix, Arizona 85048
Attention: Admissions

Thank you for applying to SIMS!

Your application is complete! Someone from our admissions team will be reaching out to you soon to schedule your interview. We look forward to meeting you in person!

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