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Wilmington Montessori School

Private | PK-6 | 265 students

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Posted August 20, 2013

Our daughter attended Camp Montessori this summer for the first and I can't tell you how happy we all were with the experience. The camp was very engaging and had incredibly creative themes with activities that sparked our daughter's interest. She loved swimming at the pool, exploring the woods, doing art project, conducting experiments, and playing with her new friends. She also did two specialty camps and has already asked if she can do them again next year. The part about Camp Montessori that makes all of the difference is the people. From the director to the counselors, everyone is enthusiastic, caring, and involved with the children. They show grace and fairness and their wonderfully gentle example is modeled by the children. This has been the best summer of our lives and we can't wait to sign up for camp next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

I have one WMS one graduate from 6th grade and three kids in the elementary program and the education is excellent. My oldest easily transitioned to the academics at Friends because WMS not only helped him learn academics, but he has become a self directed learner (just like the WMS literature says!). My other kids love learning - they are so proud of their language and math accomplishments. They progress at their own speed which keeps them interested. And they work with other kids in the class - sometimes helping others, sometimes being helped, which makes the kids feel like part of a vibrant classroom community. The teachers are intelligent, caring and supportive - every child feels celebrated for who they are. The parent community is strong, and the co-op requirement helps us all get involved. WMS has truly been a joyful experience for me as a parent, and for my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2011

We visited other Montessori schools, and can say with conviction that from the devoted teachers to the helpful staff to the Montessori teaching style, there is no better elementary school in the state of Delaware.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2011

Both of our daughters attended WMS since pre-school, with truly amazing results. Both have developed a true love for learning and read confidently AND for pleasure far above expected level. With the physical expression of numbers and value learning principle of Montessori in early childhood development, their understanding of mathematics is extraordinarily well developed for their age. Montessori method works! The school is very well staffed and the children are nurtured not just taught. As a result, both they and their peers have developed into self motivated and eager learners who take on new subject and new responsibilities with joy! Parent cooperatives really make this school feel more like a community of friends and family than any school around! It has been a true pleasure to be involved at WMS, I really couldn't be more pleased with my own personal experiences or more proud of my children achievements, and of their peers, all fine little citizens of the world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

our child is in the toddler program, and it has turned out to be an excellent experience for our kid. the school has tremendous resources: library/librarian, gym/p/e teacher, artist in residence, strong music program with "Music Kelly" better than any gymboree type program. kids learn about the world, the environment, self control, manners, confidence, and most importantly: self respect. My 2 year old is reading basic words like Go and Cat, and I give a lot of credit to the school. WMS offers a good value for the amount of tuition paid. As an unexpected bonus: we love all the parents and have become friends with many.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

Wonderful staff; great community environment; very welcoming; many extra curricular programs; safe; program allows for individualized learning


Posted January 14, 2010

The preschool was wonderful but the Kindergardena nd elementary school curriculum were lacking. My child struggled with reading and WMS said they could teach him to read but they never figured out how to teach to his learning style and even as a 2nd grader he lacked all basic reading skills. Ultimately we had to take him out of WMS to address his reading issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

I have all three of my children in WMS. Our oldest started in 2004, we tried Mullica Hill Friends in 2005 and returned to WMS in 2006. What an excellent place for you kids to grow in. All three are VERY different but they have all blossomed here. They offer so much and it's such a community atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2008

Both of my children attend WMS. I am extremely happy with the quality of education that they receive and the manner that they are taught, meaning the Montessori method. The school is fully AMS accredited school and has at least one AMS accredited teacher in every classroom, and sometimes two (including the assistant) which is a high standard compared to other accredited schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 28, 2007

I have two children enrolled at Wilmington Montessori school. I am impressed with the teaching staff at all levels. I attended a Montessori 'Journey' program held at the school and was able to see firsthand how the Montessori Method develops children from infant/toddler through the elementary program (up to age 12). I wish I had been taught this way in this kind of encouraging, interesting, respectful, and challenging environment. Not only do I have a fuller appreciation of the Montessori Method in general, but I also appreciate the teachers at Wilmington Montessori specifically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2007

My family moved here several years ago and after an exhaustive search of private schools in Wilmington we chose WMS. Our daughter was in 2nd grade when we enrolled her and although our she attended a small private school, she was not familiar with Montessori method or curriculum. Not only is she flourishing academically but through the parent co-op program we met other families and felt part of the school community almost at once. The teachers and adminstative staff are dedicated to providing the best educational experience for their students. There is a positive energy that is evident everytime I walk through the door. We are so happy we chose WMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2007

I am the proud parent of 2 current WMS students (preschool and 4th grade) and one recent graduate. Wilmington Montessori School has an excellent program that develops independent, resilient, socially responsible, highly capable young people. The program is tailor-made to fit the needs of students who display a wide range of giftings & talents. I have seen my children develop into students who love learning and look forward to going to school everyday. I think what sets this program apart from others is not only the relevant, challenging Montessori curriculum., but the level of professionalism and expertise of the very talented teaching staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

We are very happy with our Wilmington Montessori School experience. My daughter is currently enrolled as a first grade student, and we could not be more thrilled with the level of attention she receives from her teachers. As a Montessori based school, the curriculum allows her to progress at her own pace, yet always encourages her to challenge herself. In addition to the teaching staff however, we have met other fantastic parents and families that contribute their time and energy to the school, enhancing the learning environment and school facility. Just as a point of reference, we have other children and many different school experiences, including other independent schools and public schools. Wilmington Montessori has been the best choice for our child in terms of the quality of the teachers and learning environment, the school's commitment to the child, the faculty interaction with students and overall school environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

My issue with one of the teacher is a lack of respect for the parents and I do see favoritism going on. Ultimately it's the curriculum that was a major disappointment. There are 2 or 3 teachers in the preschool level that seem to do a good job teaching the right mix of academics/social but the teacher we were stuck with, left us wondering how the school is different than any run-of-the-mill daycare. Yes, it's a beautiful campus with great facilities but at the end of the day it is a lot of fluff. We have since placed our children in another (smaller) Montesosori school and the difference has been tremendous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

Our children received an absolutely fabulous preschool experience here. They left for Kindergarten well rounded, well read and aware of the world. It was definitely worth the money during those formative years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2005

I and my wife have a great opinion of this school. Our 5 year old daughter has attended the last two years here and has really flourished. The teachers are great and caring. The facilities and programs are excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2005

Extraordinarily good toddler and preschool program and the school's before and aftercare programs are very sensitive to needs of parents. Co-op format was great for parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

Wilmington Montessori offers an amazing program, one that respects the child's instinctive desire to learn. As a parent cooperative school it is as much a community as a school. Children begin a path here to become life-long learners and happy, self-sufficient people.
—Submitted by a parent


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Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
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Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Delaware Stars for Early Success - Star Level 5 (2011)
  • Odyssey of the Mind - Delaware Champion Team (2011)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Clubs
  • Gardening

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish available after school
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Linda Zankowsky
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMI
  • AMS
  • NAEYC
  • NAIS
  • Other Montessori
Fax number
  • (302) 230-0275

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Gifted / high performing
  • Independent Study
  • Montessori
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish available after school

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Computer
  • Garden
  • Gym
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Playground
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • In addition, tennis is available after school; Cheerleading, tee ball, volleyball, and swimming are available through summer ca
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • In addition, tennis is available after school; Cheerleading, tee ball, volleyball, and swimming are available through summer ca
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Gardening
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Parent involvement
  • Parents are invited into the life of the school through our co-op prgram that asks families to contribute a certain number of hours a year on behalf of the school. parents help wih school-wide events like the book fair, rummage sale, 5k race and annual gala. they also are welcome to help in the classrooms and throughout the school. our parents are an integal part of our community.
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  • A note from the Head of School: Over the past 45 years, Wilmington Montessori School has become one of the premier Montessori schools in the country. We have done this by building an environment dedicated to the education and development of children. That is our specialty; it is our mission. Wilmington Montessori School values childhood as a time of innocence and discovery. Our curriculum, facilities and faculty are dedicated to providing children with a challenging curriculum in a safe and nurturing environment without the complicated demands of the middle and high school program. Maria Montessori said that "one becomes a well-balanced adult only if one has fully been a child." When you give your child the gift of experiencing Wilmington Montessori School, you give your child the opportunity to grow in an environment that nurtures the spirit of the child, bringing us all one child closer to the world community that Maria Montessori envisioned. Your child experiences a school community where children are respected for their own unique gifts and grows in a community where the social curriculum and academic curriculum are equally important. Perhaps the greatest testimony to this work are the comments from future schools for our 6th grade alumni who are described as confident, well prepared, enthusiastic, independent thinkers who are active contributors at their future school communities. Sincerely, Linda S. Zankowsky, Ed.D. Head of School
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Brandywine School District - International Baccalaureate or Gifted Program
WIlmington Friends School
Tower Hill School
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1400 Harvey Road
Wilmington, DE 19810
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Phone: (302) 475-0555

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