At scale, PCM will serve 280 kindergarten through 9th grade students. Our school will be the only other public school option for Pullman and local WA residents. PCM seeks to expand educational opportunities for students, adding access to curriculum and educational programs not accessible through Pullman School District. PCM will use a community emboldened, developmental place-based Montessori educational model to meet the diversifying needs of our rural yet dynamic and growing community.
PCM is scheduled to open our doors in August 2021 to Kindergarten through 5th grade students. We will expand a grade level per year thereafter until we reach capacity. Our program is FREE and OPEN TO ALL!
During our planning year (2020-21 school year following approval but prior to doors opening) PCM will feature a small staff: Head of School, Montessori Instructional Coach - Director of Academic Programs, a part-time FACE Coordinator, and a part-time Office Manager. In the winter of 2020 we will begin building our teaching staff and other operations positions. Check our CAREERS tab frequently for postings. This is another areas PCM intends to partner with families. IF you are interested in participating in candidate interviews please send an email to email@example.com with Candidate Interviews in the subject line.
PCM is governed by a 5-11 member volunteer Board of Trustees. As a public entity we comply with the Open Public Meetings Act and intentionally include public comment as a standing component of our agenda. We meet virtually the 4th Tuesday of every month at 5:00 PM. The board is supported in their work by 5 standing committees: Governance, Finance, Development, Leadership Evaluation & Support, and Academic Excellence.
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Lease of Gladish Community and Cultural Center (known locally as ‘Gladish’) was identified as the ideal option due to a confluence of: cost; facility amenities; mission alignment; community-based services housed in the building; central location within Pullman; and proximity to the local library, bus routes, biking/walking paths, parks, and WSU campus.
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