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Harbor Montessori

5414 Comte Drive Northwest
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 851-5722


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

Day in the Life

General School Mission

" The Montessori philosophy at Harbor Montessori School encourages children to develop inner discipline, including order, concentration and independence, from an early age. Our children learn in an atmosphere of respect, honor, warmth and peace, based on these four pillars:

Passion for Excellence
A passion for excellence speaks to our academic rigor. Primary children who have been with us for the three-year cycle are typically reading and doing four-digit addition with materials. The children also study botany, zoology, geology, astronomy, and anatomy. In Lower Elementary, children begin their study of chemistry and begin algebra. In Upper Elementary, the students study ancient civilizations, the Renaissance and reformation and the America's, in addition to, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, and Anatomy. By the time our students finish the sixth grade, they have studied the equivalent of a high school general track curriculum. To explore more on this topic, please see our Middle School curriculum outline.

Global Understanding
Global understanding is the result of children exploring all seven continents starting in our Primary program. The children view the various continents through the eyes of a child living there. They study the plants, animals, earth forms and the culture of each continent. Each year, the Lower Elementary explores one continent in depth. In Upper Elementary, the class covers all of human history, and the Middle School focuses on the commonalities in history.

Universal Values
While Montessori teaching doesn't promote any specific religion, it is respectful of all religions. We believe there are specific universal values common to all, and we work to promote them. These are things like kindness to others, truthfulness, and common courtesy.

Culture of Service
A culture of service models the importance of service to others and to the environment. The children in a class often sponsor their own student led philanthropy project, as well as, participate in all-school projects. Annual all-school projects include donating and working at the FISH food bank, donating to Second Chance Cat Rescue and our own Valentine's Day project. For Valentine's Day, in lieu of a card and candy exchange, the Primary children make valentines, the Lower Elementary write messages in them, and then the Upper Elementary and Middle School students deliver them to some of our local retirement homes. Each year we also raise salmon for Minter Creek Hatchery. In 2006, we had a special opportunity to participate in a native plant rescue at the soon to be CostCo store site. In 2005, the children held a car wash for Hurricane Katrina victims, in addition to raising money for tsunami victims in Sri Lanka. Children gain so much self-confidence knowing they can make a difference in the world.

Montessori children are well prepared for later life academically, socially, and emotionally. In addition to scoring well on standardized tests, Montessori children are ranked above average on such criteria as following directions, turning in work on time, listening attentively, using basic skills, showing responsibility, asking provocative questions, showing enthusiasm for learning, and adapting to new situations."
Excerpted from the preschool's website