“Instruction becomes a living thing. Instead of being illustrated, it is brought to life.”
Montessori all the way—through high school? Yes. We believe we're doing something special here at WMS—giving children the chance to take their Montessori education all the way from toddlerhood to adulthood. It's an exciting time, as we set about to offer students a solid preparation for their chosen path, whether that be college, vocational school or a different path altogether.
While we consider achievement to be a highly individual thing, we are nevertheless proud that our high school students are receiving acceptances to the colleges of their choices along with academic scholarships. They are earning high scores in national college entrance exams, a testament to their hard work applied to wide-ranging and thorough academic and arts grounding.
Personalized learning plans help children find the ways that work for them, and time for reflection builds critical thinking skills and encourages deep learning. Students have the chance to be a mentor and leader and to make friends of different ages in the multi-age classrooms. Two teachers per classroom ensure individual attention for each child. After-school child care, clubs, electives and day and summer camps provide enriching learning and social opportunities. Class retreats and special capstone trips and projects provide balance and a richer experience.
The coming school year will be our second to offer recreational athletics for students in grades five through eight, with the goal of gradually expanding our sports offerings.
With the graduation of the class of 2017, the first class to attend Woodinville Montessori High School for all four grades, we reached a milestone. But we won't stop trying to create the best educational experience we can offer to our students.