West Seattle Montessori applies the philosophies of Maria Montessori to provide preschool through middle school students a first class education. Since 1985, West Seattle Montessori School has been an integral part of the West Seattle Community. Offering preschool through 8th grade education, WSMS prides itself on fostering independence and intellectual curiosity, stimulating personal growth, and encouraging innovation and a love of learning.
Montessori education is fundamentally a model of human development, and an educational approach based on that model. The model has two basic principles. First, children and developing adults engage in psychological self-construction by means of interaction with their environments. Second, children, especially under the age of six, have an innate path of psychological development. Based on her observations, Montessori believed that children at liberty to choose and act freely within an environment prepared according to her model would act spontaneously for optimal development.
Curriculum includes basic subjects – math, language, science, history – as well as those essential to a truly complete education: Music, culture, research and fitness. Children learn both through study and by helping fellow classmates.