Relying on a collaborative stronger together approach, the Pullman Charter School Initiative (PCSI) is working to expand opportunities for K- 9th grade education for Pullman and local families. PCSI intends to co-design and open a high-quality, data-driven PUBLIC Montessori school (tuition-free, open-to-all).


The Pullman Charter School Initiative, (PCSI) is a small group of diverse, passionate individuals who have experienced, in one way or another, the powerful whole-child educational approach of Montessori. This experience is our drive to ensure the educational opportunity is accessible to all families, not just those who can bear the financial weight of a tuition-based program. While we all support and deeply value our community and the Pullman School District (PSD), we believe additional options for high quality public education in Pullman are necessary to meet the needs of our growing and increasingly diverse community. With that said, we are committed to continue to grow and strengthen our relationship with PSD and share data and opportunities available to us that may benefit all children in our community.


Our journey began over 3 years ago, fueled from the growing demand by the Montessori School of Pullman parents for an affordable Montessori elementary option for their children. 


After a rigorous process, PCSI was accepted into the Washington State Charter Schools Association 2018-19 School Leadership and Design Fellowship program. The Fellowship provides financial support and guidance for selected teams in designing a high-quality community responsive school.


Laylah Sullivan, a local business owner and former Pullman High School science teacher, accepted the Fellowship role; leading the writing of the 300-500 page charter application (a detailed legal operating contract for the school). 

Pullman Community Montessori, a name chosen with input from the community, will open its doors in 2021 serving K-5th and expanding to 9th grade by 2025.


We are committed to designing and operating a high-quality, data-driven, Montessori program consistent with internationally accepted best practices in Montessori education. This instructional design and commitment extends outside of our direct learning environment to the external community through engagement through community resources, events, and activities. Growing 21st century skills and unifying academic and social-emotional development are at the forefront of our design.


To assure quality and lead by example, construction of an exceptional professional development program is a priority. Pullman Community Montessori will provide a high-quality support and mentoring program, adequate collaboration time and exceptional professional development opportunities for all staff as well as provide classroom assistants. Additionally, all Montessori teachers will be dual certified: WA State Teaching Certification and Montessori Certification (via a MACTE--the gold standard--accredited program).


Our Mission, Vision and Goals will continue to be shaped by community input.


Pullman Community Montessori prepares all students to reach their full potential for future success in high school, college, career, and life, using the rich resources of our community. 


Pullman Community Montessori serves as an instrument of change, helping to progress our education system to better meet the needs of students, families, and educators. We nurture students to be self-empowered life-long learners, global citizens, environmental stewards, and compassionate, collaborative leaders, bringing positive changes to their communities and the world!

The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." 

Dr. Maria Montessori

Gladish Community & Cultural Center

Suite 215





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