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Northwest Montessori School Woodland Par

4910 Phinney Avenue N
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 634-1347


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Montessori

From the Director:

At its core, the Montessori philosophy respects children as they are and creates carefully prepared classroom environments that foster the fulfillment of each child's highest potential. Montessori teachers use the dynamic educational approach to carefully observe and best meet the evolving developmental needs of each student. The three-year age span in each classroom also allows children to progress at their own intellectual pace, to learn individually and together, and to grow into social and emotional maturity naturally. (from website)

Day in the Life

General School Mission

Our mission is to provide an individualized learning environment, based on the principles of Dr. Maria Montessori, that is designed to help students become independent, life-long learners who are academically grounded and socially confident about their place in the world. (from website)

A Typical Day

At any one time in a day, all subject areas are being studied by children of all levels in one classroom. The Primary teacher is trained to present lessons to one child at a time while overseeing the many children who are working on a broad array of tasks. The teacher, through extensive observation and record keeping, plans individual lessons that enable each child to flourish, follow an interest and move to a new level within the three-year curriculum. (from website)

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Northwest Montessori School strives to create a strong community between the students, staff and parents. To accomplish this, we ask that the parents stay active in the school and their child’s educations through observation, conferencing, volunteering and giving. In addition, we encourage parents to study the Montessori philosophy and to learn how they are able to bring Montessori into the home.

Parents are encouraged to make at least two observations or visits to your child's class during the school year, but are welcome to observe at any time. We also conduct two parent-teacher conferences per year.

Northwest Montessori School hosts many parent education evenings and open houses throughout the year. These are times for parents to come into the classroom, learn about the Montessori curriculum and meet other members of the community.
(from website)


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school