Questions & Answers
Common Community Questions
Q1 – Why start a new public school when we already have good public schools in Pullman?
Choice - That’s a good question, we really do have good schools in Pullman. However, we have three main reasons why we think Pullman Community Montessori would be a good addition and strengthen the Pullman School District. School choice strengthens every school when families have options every school in the school district has to bring their A-game. Our neighboring city, Moscow, has both traditional and charter public schools and they’re about the same size as Pullman. We’d like to offer something similar in our city too.
Whole-Child Education - Our second reason has to do with whole-child education. To be poised for success, 21st century students must be strong leaders and have a strong sense of self; be able to lead with compassion and know the importance of respectfully engaging with their community; and be able to be self-initiating and regulating problem solvers that can use systems thinking to solve problems and be able to apply their education to a variety of different scenarios and situations. Pullman Community Montessori believes to do that you need a whole-child education and we need to strive to ensure kids not only develop the appropriate academic skills, but also develop the habits of mind and action and love of learning to be successful, happy and healthy as they proceed through school and life.
Measuring Student Success - Finally our third reason speaks to measuring student success. While state standardized testing serves a purpose, research indicates by itself is falls short as a direct indicator of how students will perform in college, career, and life. Montessori education has always recognized the importance of academic and non-academic skills to prepare a child to meet the challenges of adulthood. We will use Montessori’s 100+ years of research to offer a program that uses best practices to measure both academic and non-academic skills throughout the program from Kindergarten all the way to when they leave us in 9th grade.
Many community members shared interest in being able to access answers to community questions in an auditory format. We have compiled a list of videos addressing the most frequently asked questions we've received to date.
You can view all of the videos in a single playlist, Common Questions, or individually by selecting a question from the list below.
If you have questions, comments or concerns, please let us know. We want to hear your feedback.
community input session results survey
We are sorry you were not able to attend our event and share your thoughts. This survey represents the combined feedback from both community sessions. We would like to get your opinions on which elements are the most important and see if you have further input to provide. This information will guide us in future exploration and planning as we continue to prepare to open Pullman's first public Montessori school.