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Whole Earth Montessori

Private | PK-K & ungraded | 120 students

Authentic Montessori and Environmental Technology Programs.
 
 

 
 

Living in Bothell

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $355,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,310.

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Posted August 18, 2014

My son has gone to this school since 1st grade and he is now in his 5th year at the school. It has been a fantastic learning environment for him and I am so impressed by the teachers. They are very supportive and caring and do all they can to support your child in making learning a fun and safe experience. We have neighbors whose son is same age and in public school and our son is ahead in all areas academically (especially math and history). I have also made many great friends with many of the other fantastic parents at the school as it is a great community. They do music, languages and arts. My son also went on many field trips in both the lower and upper elementary classrooms. The small class sizes with 2 teachers is also great for individualized attention and learning. I would highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2014

This school is the heart and essence of Montessori. My daughter has been part of this amazing community for the last 5 years. Her love of learning, confidence in the world, and her respect of self, others and the environment around her are only a few of the amazing gifts she has received. The teachers are connected, tuned in and always watching out for the best interest of each student. From day one I have felt nothing but gratitude and appreciation for what the school, staff and leadership provide. Academically she is excelling, and their approach of educating the "whole child" has allowed her access to a well rounded education. As head of the Parent Advocacy Group at Whole Earth I do see a need for more parent involvement, but this is improving and myself, along with the staff and leadership of the school. are continuously looking at ways to make this more possible. Overall, I know this is a learning campus that exceeds the qualifications of their American Montessori Society accreditation status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

This school was HORRIBLE. I would never suggest this school to anyone. The teacher was unprofessional, and if your child is at all active this is NOT the place for them. They are forced to do all work a certain way in a quiet environment (no socializing accepted apparently), and if the child does not do it exactly that way then they are labeled as having ADD/ADHD (yes, my child was labeled from a teacher and she JUST turned FOUR). I cannot say enough bad things about this experience. I would not send your child here if you are considering it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2011

Three of our children attended Whole Earth several years ago, starting in 2001. They attended for several years, until they were ready for middle school. The school is a wonderful place, and the fact that the same owner and some of the same teachers are still there after all these years is reassuring, since we are now ready to send our youngest there next year for preschool. I appreciate their caring approach, combined with a deep knowledge of child education and development. I rated parent involvement lower only because we weren't as involved back then, but are looking to become more involved this time around. Truly kind people.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2010

After attending for 3 years, my son was dramatically behind in math and writing skills. The class size was extraordinarily small, so it does not make sense that any child should be trailing behind in any subject. Socially, the school creates an artificial environment which prohibits learning natural social consequences. This school is fine for very young children only.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

My second child just entered WEM, we've had only positive experiences and are in our fourth year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

There is little emphasis on academics, little to no communication with parents, behavior problems in the classroom are tolerated, and the administration is difficult to deal with (this is putting it mildly). Avoid this school at all costs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2009

The staff members are excellent with true Montessori philosophy. Tuition is very low compared to other schools in the area and the campus has space for play time, gardening and a greenhouse!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2009

The teachers are nice but can't say the same for the management. They promise field trips which never seem to materialize. Parents are requested for contributions beyond the tuition - especially for expanding the facilities.
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Posted December 15, 2008

My son is attending his 4th year at Whole Earth. The attention he receives has helped to develop his keen interests in math and history!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2006

Our son first attended summer school and is now in third grade and in his second full year at Whole Earth. His teacher has been wonderful about working with our son an individual basis and his academic progress has been excellent. The school is a beautiful property -- new playground equipment is an added plus. Organized games are facilitated at recess time for those who choose to participate. Spanish, yoga offered. The entire staff is supportive of both parents and children. Our son's teacher and the Director are very willing to work with parents -- we are all extremely happy at Whole Earth!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2006

Whole Earth has been a wonderful school experience for my child. The atmosphere is always positive and nurturing. The school's focus is 'Respect for self, others and the environment'. Everyone is honored and respected for who they are, without judgment. Having just graduated from the Whole Earth, I know my daughter is well prepared for middle school. Her future teachers are impressed with not only her academic success, but also with her confidence and demeanor towards others. All the teachers at Whole Earth are enthusiastic, sharing their knowledge and experiences. The elementary school includes excellent programs in music, spanish and science. There are many opportunities for parent involvement, and parents are encouraged to participate in any way they feel comfortable. I can't say enough about how special, unique and wonderful Whole Earth Montessori School is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

My son is very shy and wasn't quite speaking fully when he started to attend Whole Earth Montessori. He is currently speaking really well and enjoy going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2005

We moved our child after four months at the school. We felt progress had stopped since attending school. Numeracy and literacy not covered on a daily basis. Our child last read to the teacher well over a month before being removed. Very little art work produced but when it was done it was very good. Not enough daily structure. Not enough children within their own peer groups. Had lots of issues with the teacher running the classes but felt the Principal was prepared to listen. Too late for us by then. Music and Spanish offered as well as after school care. No sports but a large area for them to round around in during recess and yoga offered. I think we were not used to the Montessori teaching philosophy. With a different teacher maybe we would have stayed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

Whole Earth is built on a turn of the century farm. It is on a really beautiful piece of property with a lot of room for the kids to run around and explore (it is fenced and safe). It also offers a terrific garden that the children grow plants in and care for. I have been really pleased with the pre-school. My kids have not attended kindergarden or elementary. The teachers are open and available. The classrooms are quiet and controlled. Kids choose the work that they have had lessons in. It is truly Montessori because the children are self directed. There is a music program there and foreign language. My older son went there for two years and my younger son is there now. I would recommend this school. There is a high level of parent involvement and fundraising activities.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 50% 60%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 43% 7%
Two or more races 5% 6%
Black 2% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Hispanic 0% 20%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students None
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Arabic languages
Chinese (Mandarin)
Russian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
School facilities
  • Art room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 am
School end time
  • 3:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Joseph Galante, M.Ed.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • AMS
Fax number
  • (425) 485-4510

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • None
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Individualized Instruction
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • None
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
More from this school
  • Please visit our website for more in-depth information on our vision, mission, goals and curriculum. www.wemschool.org
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Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$0 - $2000
Vouchers accepted
Yes
Financial aid offered
No.
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2930 228th St SE
Bothell, WA 98021
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Phone: (425) 486-3037

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