We are currently enrolling Kindergartners for the 2017-2018 school year. The Montessori Kindergarten program is a place of shared discovery and sensorial learning. Children learn through doing in a variety of hands-on activities, and strong foundational work is begun in math and reading during this year. This experience is multi-age and multi-sensory and provides children with an education that is based on the social, emotional and intellectual needs of each unique individual. Students in our Kindergarten classroom are guided by their teachers to practice peace education and peer teaching.
North Coast Montessori's Elementary program (grades 1st-5th) is rooted in experiential learning, community and is dedicated to nurturing each child’s social, emotional and intellectual abilities. The Elementary student is motivated by imagination and curiosity, and we encourage individual development through independent discovery and a cultivation of self-awareness.
The classroom is child-centered and provides a learning experience that is multi-aged, hands-on and adaptive to individual needs. We provide our students with an authentic Montessori curriculum that creates self-reliant and inquisitive lifelong learners.
North Coast Montessori students take part in weekly excursions into the community to use the rich surroundings of our coastal environment as part of their life science classroom. As a small community based in friendship, respect, peace education and a love of learning, North Coast Montessori is an enriched school environment ideal for the needs of the 6-11 year old student.
The Middle School at North Coast Montessori School offers an authentic Montessori curriculum that continues the whole-child approach as applied to adolescent education. The curriculum is based on respect for the individual student and seeks to address the needs of the adolescent in a more natural, organic way than might be found in a traditional program. Maria Montessori considered adolescence the Third Plane of Development, and emphasized that students at this age have a specific set of needs quite different from the first and second stages. It is our goal to meet these needs, while also satisfying Common Core and WA State standards and requirements.
The NCMS Middle School program operates within the Secondary Program framework established by Dr. Elisabeth Coe at the Houston Montessori Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Coe first developed the program at School of the Woods, also in Houston. North Coast Montessori School’s Middle School Program is comprised of an integration of Common Core standards and Washington State requirements and up-to-date research on the developmental needs of adolescents, all through the lens of the Montessori approach to education. We seek to provide an environment and experience that encourages students to flourish academically to the point of exceeding state standards of academic achievement; however, just as important is guiding the adolescent student to become an independent, responsible, critically-thinking, and compassionate individual. This coincides with Maria Montessori’s vision for education as a system that allows students to physically access the world, and in turn, to develop into charitable stewards of their environments and communities.
Consistent with their cognitive development, Montessori Middle School encourages students to begin to explore the abstract in their subjects, and in many cases encourages contemplation of complex subjects. Within each cycle, based on a central theme, the subjects cover the following topics:
Math – Pre-algebra, algebra, geometry, trigonometry and precalculus
Natural World – the study of the natural universe: Biology (classification, anatomy and genetics); Physics (gravity, electricity, forces) Chemistry (elements, molecular bonds); environmental science (renewable energy, conservation in the physical world), and more
Social World - The nature and history of human civilization; ancient cultures; evolution of human needs; Washington State History, and more
Language - Grammar; literature; poetry; study of conventions; debate/speech and more
Personal World – A daily period of reading and reflection focused on self-reflection and personal growth
There are six cycles per year, which include a two-week orientation Cycle 0, and which function as a cohesive theme of subject matter (i.e. if the theme for a given cycle is called “Interdependence,” then the material within all subjects will correlate according to that theme). Each cycle will operate according to a 6-week schedule. The first four weeks are focused on the subjects outlined above, broken up throughout the four weeks. During the fifth week, students demonstrate mastery of the subjects through completed projects, presentations and assessments. During the sixth and final week, called Immersion Week, students work on projects and field exercises that not only integrate all subjects together, but also apply those subjects to the broader perspective of a world community. Thus, as students approach each new cycle, they have already begun to apply their knowledge and their approach to learning from a broader, more applicable perspective.