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WEM Vision & Goals

OUR MISSION VISION
Our mission is to nurture in each child a respect for self, others and the environment through academic excellence, a global perspective and environmental awareness utilizing the philosophy, methods, and materials advocated by Dr. Maria Montessori.
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Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.

Albert Einstein

2017-08-20T12:52:30+00:00

Albert Einstein

Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.
If I'm creating a free-form piece of art, I can make it look like anything I want, and nobody will say it's wrong.

Nathan Sawaya

2017-08-20T13:04:45+00:00

Nathan Sawaya

If I’m creating a free-form piece of art, I can make it look like anything I want, and nobody will say it’s wrong.
There really is no such thing as race. We are one species — each of us much, much more alike than different. We all come from Africa. We all are of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same planet, a Pale Blue Dot in the vastness of space. We have to work together.

Bill Nye

2017-08-20T12:50:07+00:00

Bill Nye

There really is no such thing as race. We are one species — each of us much, much more alike than different. We all come from Africa. We all are of the same stardust. We are all going to live and die on the same 
Here's to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes... the ones who see things differently ... they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because the ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world, are the ones who do.

Steve Jobs

2017-08-20T12:26:06+00:00

Steve Jobs

Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes… the ones who see things differently … they push the human race forward, and while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius, because 
We spend the first year of a child's life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There's something wrong there.

Neil deGrasse Tyson

2017-08-20T12:34:06+00:00

Neil deGrasse Tyson

We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there.
Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Dr. Seuss

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2017-03-13T11:54:16+00:00

Dr. Seuss

Why fit in when you were born to stand out?

Believing children to be the most valuable natural resource on Earth and the best hope for the realization of our vision, WEM offers a fully prepared, authentic Montessori environment in which each child can grow in his or her own time and way toward their greatest potential; mentally, emotionally, socially, creatively and spiritually.

Our Goals

Develop in each child a respect for self as a unique individual having a vital role to play in the overall scheme of life on Earth.

Develop in each child a respect for the environment all people share and an awareness of the need to preserve and protect it for all living things.

Develop in each child a respect for others, an appreciation for the similarities as well as the differences that exist among the people of the world.

Nurture in each child the basic, universal human values of truth, right action, peace, love, and non-violence.

HOW WEM ACHIEVES THESE GOALS:

Developing respect for self through academic excellence.

This begins at WEM in an American Montessori Society (AMS) accredited school in a prepared Montessori classroom that lends itself to student success; a clean, organized environment that demonstrates beauty, order, sequence and predictability that includes the five fundamental areas of the Montessori early childhood level curriculum, and a full array of traditional Montessori materials and learning activities in the elementary and middle school classrooms.

Global perspective by developing respect for others.

WEM is fortunate to be centralized in an economically and culturally diverse community.  Adhering to our mission to develop in each child a respect for others through an appreciation for the similarities as well as the differences that exist among the people of the world occurs naturally in the classroom setting.  This is enriched by both the Montessori curriculum and the parent volunteers who share aspects of their cultures with the students.

Respect for the environment through environmental awareness.

The 5.0 acre Whole Earth campus provides a unique environment that offers student programs in alternative energy, stream-keeping, horticulture and permaculture.  Establishing the goals of nurturing respect for self, others and the environment at the formation of the school in 1986, the search was on for a site that would allow students to develop an appreciation for the environment through a daily experience with nature.  In 1989, the school moved to its present location in Bothell, a campus with a stream, wooded areas and garden.