Our Mission Statement
Washington Montessori is committed to the
development of the whole child, enabling him to draw upon all his gifts
and reach his greatest potential. We encourage personal
responsibility both socially and academically. Each child is
allowed freedom of choice and is offered guidance in setting individual
goals. Our mission is to inspire academic excellence; to nurture
curiosity, creativity, and imagination, and to do so within an
environment rich with warmth, kindness and respect.
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A little about WMPCS…
Montessori, Inc. was granted a charter by the State Board of Education
in February 2000 to operate an elementary Montessori school in Beaufort
At present, the school has 290 students enrolled
with a staff of 35 teachers, assistants, and administrators.
Jen Hales is currently serving as Interim Head of School.
Currently there are four
buildings. The 6-9 and 9-12 buildings are environmentally friendly
structures designed by Innovative Designs of Raleigh, NC. These buildings incorporate a day-lighting system of sky lights
with the 9-12 building also having rain water barrels to
irrigate the planters and solar panels for extra energy. The
3-6 and 12-15 levels are housed in two commercial grade modular
buildings that are constructed with similar materials as our permanent
The campus has so many wonderful treasures of
nature. There is an old oak tree that has overlooked the small
pond for over one hundred years. There is a stream that is home to
many turtles and tadpoles and a trail that leads through the
woods, by the outdoor amphitheater, over two bridges, and down by the pond
As a Montessori school, the classrooms are always
busy with children purposefully moving about the room working and
learning. Early lessons are taught with hands-on materials
addressing the child's developmental need for information to be
presented in a concrete manner. Later, as the students become
older the materials follow their intellectual development and become
more abstract. Lessons are given in small groups thus allowing the
teacher to present the information at the skill level of the students
and to ascertain each child's comprehension of the material presented.
If you are interested in
becoming a part of our teaching staff simply fill out the application
and return it to WMPCS. Click on the link here for the
Application for employment
letter and here for the
Violin and Music Classes
wonderful addition to the learning at Washington Montessori is the use of the
Suzuki method of music. Dr. Shinichi Suzuki of Japan developed
this technique that allows a child to learn music by following the same
process that a child employs when learning to speak her mother tongue -
simply listening and repeating.
Ms. Michele Rhem directs the WMPCS music program which includes almost
200 violinists. Lap harp, rhythm sticks and singing are also offered.
Each year our students perform at the annual
Holiday Concert and at the spring KidsFest celebration. Of course, they
can also be heard all over the campus any day of the week practicing and playing the new
pieces they are learning.
is a public school open to all children. There are no fees or tuition.
To enroll a student an application must be submitted to the
administrative office. The annual lottery is held in January
before the upcoming school year. Applicant’s names are pulled at random to fill any available slots.
Lottery is held during an open session Board of Trustees meeting. Siblings of currently
enrolled students that were enrolled the prior year are given priority in order to ensure that brothers
and sisters can attend together.
Click the link above to
view the 2012-13 Parent Handbook. We strongly encourage parent
participation at our school. The NC General Statues allow for
parent involvement at school per
GS # 95-28.3 Click
on statue to see full version.