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Sammamish Montessori School

7655 178th Pl NE
Redmond, WA 98052

(425) 883-3271


Sammamish Montessori offers students a caring, stimulating environment where children can develop their full academic, social and physical potential. Our dedicated teachers are Montessori certified and guide students through a sensible, structured and well-tested system using specially designed Montessori materials. Our classrooms are beautiful, bright and well-equipped. Spanish, music and individual computer lessons included in the curriculum.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

The Sammamish Montessori School is MSAC certified and all teachers hold MACTE certification.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • Tracing paper and other writing instruments
  • A well-stocked bookcase
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Parquetry blocks, pegboards, and mosaic toys
  • Maps
  • Building blocks
Sci. reasoning/physical world more

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  • A place for science activities such as growing plants
  • Pets for children to watch and care for
Music more

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  • Musical instruments
Visual arts more

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  • Materials such as paint, ink, paintbrushes, crayons, markers, chalk, paper, etc.
  • Art work on the walls
Physical activity more

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  • A playground with climbing equipment
  • Bean bags, balls, and other objects that children can throw, kick, and play
  • Tricycles
  • Enough room for children to move around and play and a suitable indoor alternative to the outdoor playground on rainy days
  • Sandboxes and/or water stations for play
Other subjects taught

From the Director:

The Montessori classroom is supplied with materials that are demonstrated by Montessori certified teachers. Children work individually or in small groups practicing with the specially designed hands-on educational materials. Children work at their own pace. The following subjects and materials are available and taught in the classroom: Oral language, literature, reading fluency and comprehension, spelling, writing, creative writing, poetry, nursery rhymes, finger plays, drama. Mathematics include addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, time telling, geometry, estimation. Geography, culture and history. Practical life materials. Science, zoology and botany studies. Art, art history, sewing and embroidery, woodworking. Music, singing, dancing, exposure to musical instruments and composers. Gymnastics, yoga and large motor skills. Computer instruction. Foreign language instruction and Music lessons are both teacher led.

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Each student learns at their own pace and are given individualized instruction that supports their learning style. Students learn sequentially so that they master a skill before moving on to the next skill. Children that excel are provided with increasingly advanced learning materials and instruction to further their ability. Students who need remedial help are given opportunities to review and practice until the concept or skill has been mastered. Students are not compared to one another so children learn in a safe, nurturing environment without competition and unnecessary stress and pressure.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Sammamish Montessori School's philosophy guides children sequentially through activities that promote:
*the love of learning
*the joy of discovery
*a sense of order and inner discipline
*strong academic skills
*coordination and refinement of movement
*mutual respect and the sense of responsibility
*independent thinking

Provide the optimal environment for children to develop their full academic, social and physical potential using a sensible, structured and well-tested system that allows children to develop at their own pace using their own abilities under the guidance of trained Montessori professionals.

"The goal of early childhood education should not be to fill a child with facts from a set course, but rather to cultivate his own natural desire to learn."

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Early Birds Clubroom 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
Morning session 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Afternoon session 12:45 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Full Day 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
After School Club 3:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.

Primary Class (3-6 year olds)
Enrichment Class (3-6 year olds)
Elementary Class (6-10 year olds)
Excerpted from the preschool's website

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

*Teachers make themselves available to discuss questions or concerns with parents.
*3 parent/teacher conferences per school year
*written comprehensive school report
* Classroom news
*Monthly school newsletters
*Parent information nights
*Family Nights
*Comprehensive Website
*Parent education nights


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Small group sessions
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation

Handling Separation: From the Director

All new students are invited to a New Student Orientation visit before the beginning of the new school year. It is an opportunity for students and their parents to familiarize themselves with the classroom, connect with other students and spend time with the teaching staff.

New students are encouraged to take a summer school class to prepare for the next school year.