Thank you for your interest in allowing Whole Earth Montessori to nurture and educate your child. Please review our application process below and get answers to frequently asked questions.
ATTEND AN OPEN CAMPUS EVENT
WEM “Open Campus” events are the best way to fully experience the culture at WEM. Each of our 8 classrooms are open to new and prospective families. WEM Parents, Students, Alumni, Administrative and Teaching staff will all be on-site to answer your individual questions and discuss our growing community. Please click your preferred date below to RSVP.
ATTEND A PERSONALIZED TOUR
If you are unable to attend one of the WEM “Open Campus” events listed above, you may request to schedule an individualized tour of WEM during school hours. This is a wonderful way to get a first-hand glimpse of the Montessori methodology in action. Tours may only be scheduled on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday and are by appointment only.
BEGIN THE APPLICATION
For your child to be considered for enrollment at WEM you must complete and return an Application & Parent Questionnaire. These documents will help us understand your family’s goals for your child’s educational future. We use this information to then align your child with the classroom environment that best meets those unique needs.
Every one of our highly qualified and classically Montessori trained teachers at WEM bring their own unique personalities, teaching styles and expertise to each of our classrooms. We believe strongly that having a diverse body of teachers works well to meet the needs of every child, and we are committed to aligning your child with the most appropriate classroom at WEM.
WEM is one of only a few Montessori schools in the State of Washington accredited by the American Montessori Society (AMS). Because students at WEM complete programs in 3-year cycles, admission to WEM is highly competitive and WEM has very limited availability each new school year. While we would love to accept all applicants, priority enrollment is given to current and returning WEM students completing the 3-year cycle, alumni and their siblings, and then to students with previous Montessori experience. Admission decisions for new families are largely based on the parents’ long-term commitment to the completion of WEM’s 3-year programs. Completion of the Application & Questionnaire play a vital role in the decision the enrollment team makes when admitting students to WEM.
Upon receipt, our admissions team will review your application and determine your acceptance status at WEM. You will be notified of your child’s acceptance determination by March 1, 2020. If accepted, you will receive all remaining paperwork to complete enrollment at WEM. Completion of this paperwork will confirm enrollment for your child at WEM for the 2020-2021 school year.
Incomplete Applications & Questionnaires will not be considered for admission.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the student/teacher ratio?
- 10:1 at the Preschool & Kindergarten Levels
- 15:1 at the Elementary School Levels
Do you offer any discounts?
- Yes, there is a 10% multi-student discount per child beyond the 1st enrolled student.
- There is a 5% discount for annual tuitions paid in full before school begins in September.
What are your prerequisites for preschool admission?
- Student must be 2.5 to 3-years old and be fully potty trained (no pull-ups)
- Student must turn 3 by December 31st when the school year begins in September
- Student must be willing to cooperate with direction and instructions from staff
Do you provide a lunch service?
- Due to the diversity of our community and the growing number of children and families with dietary preferences and restrictions, students at WEM bring their own lunches from home.
Do you provide transportation?
- At this time, WEM does not offer transportation service for students to and from school.
Do you offer before and after school care?
- WEM offers before and after school Activity Club for currently enrolled students. Hours are 8:00a-8:45a & 3:00p-6:00p M-F.