"Quality Montessori education in a public school setting"
Students enrolled 318
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Jen Hales
Transportation options None
District Washington Montessori
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2330 Old Bath Hwy
Washington, NC 27889

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(252) 946-1977
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3 stars
Based on 21 ratings

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August 21, 2013
I love this school. I have three children here at three different levels. The administration and staff are passionate about teaching Montessori. The schools academics are rich. My children are becoming independent learners and thinkers. My children's emotional and social needs are nurtured. They are becoming problem solvers.They are gaining a sense of community and world awareness. This school teaches the whole child.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
I am a bit stymied by the negative reviews of this school. My family has been associated with Washington Montessori for the past four years, and I can honestly say that it has been a godsend. My children have thrived academically and socially. Two of my children are currently enrolled in this institution, and my third child is a recent Washington Montessori Middle School graduate. Yes, there were administrative changes at the school this past year, and I understand that some felt slighted by these changes. However, it stands to reason that there will always be stress associated with these types of transition. What bothers me is that families would pull their kids from an institution that they claimed to have believed in, rather than to allow a new administration to settle in and find its groove. I hope that these families find an school that meets their particular needs. I can certainly say that my family supports this school, its teachers, and its administrative body. We are thankful that we have had the opportunity to be part of Washington Montessori.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
We love this school! The teachers are wonderful and the environment is friendly and welcoming. This is an educational community which helps students with more than academics. It helps students with true life lessons -- working well with others, taking personal responsibility, and using talents to the best ability. Teachers/ administration are receptive to any concerns we make and we are met with sincerity and understanding. Parents are encouraged for participation and thankfully the school seems to effectively deal with bad behavior, instead of letting it fester as in most public schools. In what other school can you witness 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders moving from work station to work station and actually DOING work quietly and respectfully, all while students actively help each other under the guidance of the teacher? If you are looking for a traditional approach to learning this is not for you; but if you are searching for a school which values academic achievement while promoting a loving and giving social environment, then your search is over. I am only ranking this 4 stars because of the lack of extra curricular opportunities, but there is an excellent violin program and soccer.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
Success of children is secondary. Something in 2012 - 2013 changed. Kids are being pulled from the school. They are not following the Montessori method.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
The teachers, parents and school environment are phenomenal. This has been an excellent choice for our children, but is not for everyone or every child; it is not a one-size-fits-all traditional educational approach. Our children are blessed with the opportunity to learn in an environment that fosters grace, courtesy and creativity as much as it does academics.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
Sadly I will remove my children from this school at the end of this school year. Lack of proper administration has caused all sorts of problems. The teachers are wonderful, but overwhelmed due to the lack of leadership. The atmosphere of this school is unpleasant and what a shame that it is so.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2013
You can never please everyone. This is a highly sought after school for a very good reason. The administration cares, the teachers care, and the children learn in a positive, creative way. This is a special place that offers an alternative to the public school testing drill and kill mentality. My son has soared in a few short months at this school! They are working hard to continue to make this the best choice in the Greenville/Washington area. I applaud the administration and all of the parents who work hard in a positive way to seek change and move in great directions for the future!

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2013
This school was awesome. My children really enjoyed the environment up till this year. New administration is in over their heads. Teachers are now pressured with added responsibility to take up for the lack of leadership. If things are not changed for next year we will be looking for an alternative.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
I love this school. We are going through some transitions this year, once again. Personally I am in a wait an see mode for next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
I found this school when my family had to relocate due to my husband's work. We could not afford private Montessori so public charter was a wonderful option for us. Our children have thrived socially and academically. We decided to relocated to the Washington area so our children will be able to attend all the way thru the 8th grade. Washington, NC is a small town and the Montessori School is it's best kept secret. We will be supporters for life!

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2010
I absolutely love this school! Not everyone is here because of the Montessori education that is offered. My family has chosen to attend because of the Montessori education and excellent teachers! The new administrator has been wonderful and all 3 of our children have continued to excel in every way imaginable! I'm so glad this school continues to hold it's students, staff and families accountable! What a great school! I can't imagine being any where else!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 24, 2010
My children have had a wonderful time at WMPCS. I'm so glad that they were able to attend. Two of my children still attend. The experiences will last them a life time. I know that this was the right choice for our family.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2009
love this school so fun nice kids good learning and easy to learn i highly recommend this school

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2009
Wow, I can promise you that Washington Montessori would not be recommended by me to anyone. We moved from Michigan, where the schools are ranked in the top 10 in the country. What a rude awakening this school was for us. It is an embarrasment to true Montessori education. My children attended this school for 4 years. They have been in public school for 3 years now and we are very happy that we realized that we were actually doing them harm by keeping them there. This school is full of problem kids which continually distract from the others. Their education is sacraficed for those who continually disrupt. Hopefully, the new head of school with his public school background will get a handle on the problems there and we can stop wasting the tax payers money.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
This Montessori School is awesome. The new building that Chairman Dr. Scott has worked so hard on is awesome! Exactly like the Montessori school I came from in Connecticut, which, by the way was ranked #2 in the U.S. (day and night verse beaufort county schools). I guess if you lived in beaufort county your whole life you would think the schools are incredible.(There not) My child is now in the 98%tile in the national scores. Love the environment. my child is not sitting in a chair all day long. She now has a chance to be a leader and make choices of her own in school. She can move to the next grade level and do higher grade work as dictates, can't do that in Public School.thats my biggest praise. My child is not stuck listening to a Teacher Re-teach problem kids all day, she goes at her own Pace.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
I cannot reccomend this school to anyone. My child attended Washington Montessori for over a year. The teachers are under qualified...many do not even have teaching degrees. The kids spend a significant portion of the day waiting for a teacher to look at the work that they have done or waiting for a 'lesson'. There is far too much sitting around and/or playing going on. Also, they have virtually no reading program. My child now goes to the public school, and is thriving. A child in the public schools will learn more in one day that most will learn in a week at Montessori. The public schools in this town are great. The teachers are highly qualified. The children are consistently on task, and there are very few discipline problems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 20, 2008
The school doesn't not value the input of the parents. Sad.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2007
We have been a part of WMPCS since its second year. I have watched it grow into a wonderful campus surrounded by acres of trails, an outside amphitheater and a rock paved labyrinth. The children learn not only in the classroom but outside in it's peaceful environment. The teachers always go above and beyond. They believe in our children and the Montessori philosophy. At times our test scores may not reflect the true knowledge our children hold. We do not 'teach' to the test as other schools. It is a nuturing place to grow and requires parental envolvment at almost every level. This is what I believe today's society lacks that WMPCS offers. Like other schools we have our 'growing pains' and are not perfect. But, if you are looking for a safe and nuturing environment for your child to learn in, it is one you should explore.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My daughter spent 4 years attending this school. After concerns for her academic level were made clear, we were repeatedly informed that by 6th grade she would catch up. We have since moved her to a private school where she struggles with work that should have been covered in 3rd grade. She is ca slowly catching up but her spelling, math, study skills and her attitude toward doing school and homework have left much to be desired. I would not and do not recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
I have been very impressed with this school. My child is learning how to learn, not just memorize. The math, geography, language and character development are major strengths of this school. Our community is very lucky to have Washington Montessori is here.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
Washington Montessori, in my opinion, is one of the best schools Beaufort County has to offer. My daughter has attended this school since it first opened and I have been so impressed with the staff, teachers, parents, and students. My son started attending Kindergarten this year and has really enjoyed it. For some, it may be difficult to understand if they have never been in a Montessori classroom. However, I would suggest that people come out and see first hand what our school has to offer. It's a different learning style and it works. Students are taught to be respectful of all living and non-living things. We have a great violin program and students work on Community Outreach projects. It's not just about learning from textbooks. It's about helping each child reach their full potential in all areas of life.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2006
Washington Montessori Charter School is a growing school that could be a great school. It unfortunately is experiencing 'growing pains' most notably repeated changes in the leadership. The founding mother (a Spanish major) keeps coming back to run the school. It seems to be a mix of Montessori and traditional teaching depending on the classroom. They have a wonderful violin program starting in 1st grade. There are 2 campuses, nice buildings. Children have a lot of freedom. They can go outside and search for bugs, leaves, things from nature. Strict violence policy must be signed by all parents. Children are sent home and suspended for any infraction such as pushing. Some Spanish classes included. Sadly, three teachers left this summer but with a downsizing and teachers moved around it should work out ok.

- submitted by a parent
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Washington Montessori
2330 Old Bath Hwy, Washington, NC  27889
(252) 946-1977
Last modified Washington Montessori is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Washington Montessori Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews.