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Cougar Mountain Montessori Schools

4442 158th Avenue Southeast
Bellevue, WA 98006

(425) 747-5029


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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

The Montessori approach allows for each child to explore and learn at his or her own pace. Classrooms are comprised of children from ages 3-6, so there are many developmental levels within each class.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

In keeping with Montessori Theory, our classrooms are comprised of mulitiple-age children, encouraging our younger children to learn from the older ones, and allowing the older children to develop a sense of leadership.

This classroom community is vital to children's development. To learn more about Our School, please visit our website.

A Typical Day

Our day is comprised of outside play time, circle time, "work" time, where children are able to select from the many activities available in the classroom. We also provide music, foreign language, movement and of course, lunch time! (Children bring their lunch from home).

The materials in the classroom are generally arranged into the learning areas of practical life, art, sensorial, math, language and cosmic studies (which include all natural and social sciences).

The purpose of these materials is to provide a motive for activity. It is by such purposeful activity that children learn. At the same time that they are developing physical coordination and sensory integration, they are acquiring powers of concentration and habits of order that will serve them for a lifetime.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Cougar Mountain Montessori publishes our school newsletter monthly to keep family up-to-date on school activities. Parent’s are always welcome in our classrooms and we love our parent volunteers.

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year

Handling Separation: From the Director

New children visit the classroom 2-3 times with their parent before attending alone. Each visit is increasingly longer, ensuring the child is comfortable before attending alone.