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Woodinville Montessori School

Private | PK-9 | 90 students

WMS is best known for high educational standards.
 
 

 
 

Living in Woodinville

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $380,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,060.

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Posted January 18, 2014

We saw such an immediate positive change in our daughter within weeks of her starting at WMS. Over the five years that she's been there, she has shown more confidence and makes logical connections to concepts that surprise me for a seven-yr-old. She handles disagreements with others and communicates emotions better than many adults I know. The teachers and principal are engaged with the students AND parents. They encourage participation and input from parents. They treat the students with respect and the students, in turn, learn to treat others with respect, as well. I adore this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2013

WMS is swonderful school. The teachers are dedicated and truly know my childrens learning styles. My kids are excited and happy to go to school every day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

Our son entered the Apple class in 2010 at 3 years old. I am incredibly impressed with the patience of the teachers and staff and how the class is so well run. Our son just turned 5 and has completed a year and a half at half days, which we changed to full days at the start of the year. We could not be happier with his development, confidence, exposure to languange, culture, geography, math, and concientiousness of his environment and others. At the start of the year we also enrolled our 20 month old; she loves being there and the staff genuinely interacts with the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

My daughter came to this school being on the shy side and in the last year, she has blossomed into a confident, articulate leader. The school is so nurturing and the teachers are hands on, even after hours by hosting events so parents have a chance to see the work their children are doing in addition to meeting other parents. My daughter is already talking full sentences in Spanish and the subjects she's learning at 5 years old is astounding. She LOVES going to school and I think she's bored on the weekends. A top notch school all around!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

This school was a lifesaver when the local Jr High was not a good fit for our daughter. She fit right in socially and was finally able to really fly in all her subjects. The academic expectations are high and the teachers are enthusiastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2009

Having been involved with this school for the past three years, I continue to be impressed with the high caliber and the dedication of the staff from the Head of School to the assistants. I recommend this school to discerning parents who want a well-rounded quality education for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

I would not agree with the previous reviewer. My daughter has thrived in the early childhood program and I found have the leadership very helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

This school is amazing! I am fortunate that it is very close to our house. The teachers are phenomenal, the leadership is strong, the students challenged and the parents are connected. What more can you ask for! The teachers encourage the children to work at their own pace with just the right amount of challenge. However, unlike many Montessori schools, you do not have a choice to only do your favorite work every day. Weekly work plans ensure children work on all area of their academic progress. One reviewer complained about class size, but with at least 2 certified teachers in every room the ratio is more like 1:12 them the 1:24 the class initially seems. The experience is different than public schools, so you have to be ready to be involved and follow your child s progress closely. I recommend this school with the highest marks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

I would not be who I am without this school.. especially jr. high. It is academically challenging and the whole community fosters nurturing. The teachers encourage you to learn about things you are interested in, and to pursue your passions. The students are truly accepting, respecting, supporting and amazing people. The hardest part is leaving though, after everyone gets so close. If nothing else, this school gives you a grounding that will lead you in the right direction.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 22, 2008

We're so glad we found this school. We had been at another Montessori school for eight years, which suited us fine until one of our children began to 'fall behind.' The old school suggested she must have some kind of attention problem (the inattentive kind, rather than hyperactive)--that she ought to be tested to see why she couldn't cope with math being taught a grade and a half ahead of her actual grade. My daughter's confidence tanked, and she believed that she was 'dumb.' WMS welcomed us with open arms, and my child is thriving. She got help where she was weak, and was encouraged to push ahead where she is strong. My younger daughter slotted right in, and absolutely loves the school. The teachers and staff are wonderful people. I am so glad we're here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2008

My children have attended this school for 7 years. My oldest is now in the public schools and says that he learned to be organized and independent in his learning at Woodinville Montessori. I know that my children have been encouraged to develop their strengths and that the teachers care about nurturing the whole person.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2008

I'm so glad we found this school. My son was in public school and spent much of the day fooling around because he got his work done so quickly that his teachers treated him as a 'success' and didn't pay much attention to him. Since he's been at WMS (several years now) I've felt every year that the teachers have been totally connected to him and made sure he was challenged. Since he has the same teacher for several years in a row, the relationship can grow and they're not re-inventing strategies for helping him. He's in the 4th grade now. There are about 40 students in his class, with 3 teachers and 2 aides -- a great student/teacher ratio. My younger one is in the preschool program right now, and thriving. He's so excited to show us what he's learned, and we love the reports from his teachers. Great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2008

Not a bad school, but overrated and overpriced, especially for upper elementary grades. Class sizes much too big for a private school. Weak leadership; fear of conflict means problems fester and don't get solved. Low hiring standards so the quality of teachers is a crapshoot - we had great teachers most years, appallingly bad other years. More interested in being a feeder school for Overlake and Eastside Prep than adhering to Montessori principles. We're actually having a much better experience at the excellent local public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

This is a great school! When my mother assigned me to go to preschool at Woodinville Montessori, she didn't expect that she would sign me up for first grade too! I now am in 7th grade, and have practically been going here my whole life. The Junior High experience is amazing, and Sharon and Alaine are both remarkable teachers. Thanks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 29, 2008

Woodinville Montessori School is a community in the true sense of the word. Teachers and parents work together with the students' education as their highest priority, and stimulate the students imagination, making them love going to school. My son was doing 'okay' in public school, but we decided he deserved something better. WMS has challenged him to excel, given support in areas where he struggles, and overall provided an outstanding place for a child to spend 180 days a year. Both of my children now attend WMS, at the preschool and elementary level, and each are blessed with low student/teacher ratios, dedicated and enthusiastic teachers, and a school environment that genuinely respects the child as a person. The tuition is worth every penny.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2006

This is an out standing school! I cannot imagine my son attending another school. Its such a stress free work zone. Class sizes are small, and children really have a chance to learn about everything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2006

I've been going to this school since 4th grade and am in 8th grade now. I have been to 4 other schools, but WMS has been the best so far. Knowing our teachers by more than their last names is really helpful, and the fact that we can work at our own pace and level is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 14, 2006

What a great school and tremendous improvement over our experience with the Edmonds schools! My daughter had a tremendous 4th grade year this year, with a teacher who really understood a gifted child - unlike the Edmonds gifted program! JoAnn Munson, her teacher, rocks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

The Middle School, which is actually 7th thru 9th grades, has been superior in every way. The teaching team has an ideal combination of traits: warm and encouraging, disciplined with high expectations, knowledgeable, and caring. The curriculum is divided into 6-week sessions, and is creative, tying together multiple disciplines. For example, one session tied orienteering (outdoor sport where students follow maps to find markers in woods -- counted as PE) to geography, history of mapmaking, and a session on early explorers. Each session is followed by an immersion week outside of school where students get to apply what they learned. They just returned from 3-day internships where they got to explore different career paths. They've also spent an entire week in community service. My child has found herself, and has benefitted through this program. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2006

My child has attended preschool level for 2 years now. I give this school my highest recommendation with no reservation. Parent involvement is a requirement, but the quality of the school reflects the positive outcome of such support. Classrooms are clean and organized. Staff are very responsive and take time to say 'hello'. Teachers have a low turnover and high energy level, atypical of many schools at the preschool level. Tuition is very reasonable given the quality of the environment, instruction, and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 82% 64%
Asian 17% N/A
Black 1% 6%
Hispanic 1% 16%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Two or more races 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by school staff 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

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Mary Schneider
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) 482-3186

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Montessori
  • Multi-aged
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
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join our Family Alliance
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Founded in 1983, Woodinville Montessori School is known for its high educational standards, personalized educational experience, excellent teachers, and low student/teacher ratios. Woodinville Montessori strives to create an environment that fosters strong collaboration between students, parent and the school, develops strong personal values and cooperative social skills, instills a lifelong commitment to give something back through service to others, and celebrates and honors diversity.
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13965 NE 166th Street
Woodinville, WA 98072
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Phone: (425) 481-2300

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