Welcome to Spokane Public Montessori!

  • "The child is capable of developing and giving us tangible proof of the possibility of a better humanity."
    ~Dr. Maria Montessori

  • Dear Parents, Children and Community Members,

    Welcome to Spokane Public Montessori, where we are focused on fostering rich authentic learning experiences, high levels of academic achievement, and support for the curious, creative and absorbent minds of every child. With kindergarten and three grade bands – Lower Elementary (grades 1-3), Upper Elementary (grades 4-6), and Middle School (grades 7-8) – every child is both teacher and learner with strong learning community, deep relationship with teachers, and a focus on learning both inside our classroom walls and out in our community. Using the principals of Dr. Montessori to support and guide our work, we help facilitate the experiences at each plane of development. We partner with families to support learning goals both at school and home and foster a welcoming environment for all families to participate.

    It is our desire to support growth towards all district and state learning standards in a way the supports the child's natural brain development and curiosity. In addition to traditional academic content goals, we also focus on development of the social emotional elements with our work, balancing freedom and responsibility. Students have natural opportunities for leadership and development of social norms and expectations. We focus on intrinsic motivation and self directed learning cycles. Every classroom is designed to guide students to explore and interact with the Montessori learning materials, artifacts, and resources. You will see students working in partnerships, small groups, and independently as the lessons unfold. Our teachers offer guidance and support in the development of personalized learning plans.

    In addition to our Montessori classrooms, the Havermale building also houses The Medicine Wheel Center for our Indian Education Program's summer program and the Native Project Wellness program every Wednesday evening. Some special programs are also housed in our building such as two Designed Instruction classrooms and three developmental preschool classrooms. Although the programs are not directly connected to the Montessori curriculum or learning philosophy, we partner and collaborate with the staff, students and families.

    As we begin this journey, we honor the support of our district and community for the development of a Public Montessori option for families. It has been a long road for families, teachers, and district leaders to arrive at the first day of Spokane Public Montessori. We look forward to the vibrant sounds and images of the learning that will take place in our school, and the growth we anticipate in the future. As your principal, my door is open and my heart is full. Together we will help your child fulfill his or her potential for a better humanity. Thank you for sharing your family with us!

    With gratitude,
    Shannon Lawson


  • At Spokane Public Montessori, we:

    • Create lifelong learners and prepare children for life as citizens of a global community and stewards of the earth.
    • Support service to our school, community, nation, and world.
    • Work collaboratively with families to create a peaceful, supportive, compassionate, and welcoming community where the understanding of and respect for differences lead to appreciation, self-reflection, and personal growth.
    • Develop responsibility and support freedom in an environment where all children choose purposeful activity and meaningful work with focus on intrinsic rewards.
    • Follow Montessori principles and pedagogy.
    • Seek to create a positive experience for all children to develop to their fullest potential while fostering independence, critical thinking, and creativity. 
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