We wish to give special congratulations to the six past Sammamish Montessori School students, now high school seniors, who have been named as semifinalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.
Aneesha Ramesh (International Community School)
Isha Murali (Nicola Tesla STEM High School)
Sowmya Pratipati (Nicola Tesla STEM High School)
Maneesh Rajagopal (Redmond High School)
Mukil Shanmugam (Redmond High School)
Ananya Srivastava (Redmond High School)
These six students now attend Lake Washington School District and are part of the 47 total LWSD students named as National Merit Semifinalists who all attended Sammamish Montessori School (plus two more were summer school students: congratulations to Max Wang and Sofiya Mitchell). We are so proud of our alumni students and excited to see their future academic achievements and success in life.
According to the College Board, approximately 15,000 semifinalists across the nation had the highest scores on the PSAT taken by 1.8 million juniors this past year. To qualify, each student must submit an application that includes academic transcripts, an essay, and a letter of recommendation. Approximately 7,600 of those finalists are awarded Merit Scholarships, which, in total, are worth about $31 million.
Click here for more information about the National Merit Scholars program and all semifinalists in Washington State.
Seeking a confident, friendly and organized teacher, teacher’s assistant, or intern who is able to collaborate effectively with colleagues, loves children and is able to multitask. Excellent verbal and written communication skills a must.
Daily schedule M-F 2:30PM to 6PM, or as mutually agreed.
Beautiful school and campus. Classrooms are well organized and fully equipped with teaching materials and supplies. Our school has a small gym/multipurpose room, library, multiple spacious playground areas and offers foreign language and music led by specialist teachers.
Supportive administration and professional, approachable staff. Competitive salary determined according to experience and education. Janitorial service provided nightly.
Established in 1977. Family owned and operated.
Conveniently located near the end of 520 in Redmond close to the Microsoft Campus.
Please send cover letter and resume to Janet Villella, Director.
Sammamish Montessori School is accredited by both AMS and NCPSA. SMS is one of only 9 Montessori schools in Washington state and one of fewer than 200 schools in the United States to have earned accreditation through AMS.
Becoming an accredited school is a very lengthy and rigorous process that involves intensive evaluation of the school as a whole. The purpose of accreditation is to affirm that the school meets a standard of excellence that is recognized within the Montessori community and by educators worldwide. During the accreditation process, every aspect of the school is examined and documented, including governance, curriculum, fiscal and personnel policies, facilities, health and safety practices, teacher preparation, and learner outcomes.
At the end of the self-study period, a thorough onsite evaluation visit is conducted by AMS representatives from other parts of the country. In addition to determining whether the school meets AMS standards, the review team evaluates the school to see how well it is achieving its own mission and goals-whether the school is what it says it is and does what it says it does.
After identifying both strengths and areas for improvement, the school commits to a strategic plan that incorporates the recommendations of its peer review team. All AMS accredited schools must maintain compliance with school accreditation standards and be on a path of continuous improvement.
Thank you to our tremendous staff and supportive parents for helping us to achieve this honored status.
Sammamish Montessori School Clubroom students, ages 3-7, made a Chihuly-inspired hanging sculpture over the Spring Break. It was entered into the School Division of the Creative Kids Art Exhibition at the 2017 WA State Spring Fair…. and we won First Place!
Teacher, Ms. Virginia Ward spearheaded this amazing project, collecting the ubiquitous plastic water bottles, having students paint them using vibrant acrylic paint and then cutting them into fringes and spirals. They were all woven together to create this amazing piece of art. Well done to everyone!
Come and see the sculpture, and our first prize ribbon, the next time you collect your child from school!
Joan Starling established The Sammamish Montessori School in 1977 as a one-room school-house in a location overlooking Lake Sammamish in Redmond, Washington. Today the school serves more than 300 preschool, kindergarten and elementary students and is one of the oldest Montessori schools on the Eastside and one of the largest Montessori schools in the state.
Mrs. Starling began her long career in Montessori education about four decades ago learning from two Montessori educators who themselves were trained directly by Dr. Maria Montessori. One of them, a wise and practical woman, Margaret Homfray, accompanied Dr. Montessori on trips to translate her lectures on her speaking tours in the 1930s.
Mrs. Starling’s two daughters now share the running of this highly diverse and vibrant school and are supported by a wonderful group of exceptionally talented, well-educated and experienced teachers, assistants and supporting staff, many of whom have come to Redmond from all over the world. Together they uphold Mrs. Starling’s vision and lifetime work; educating children in a nurturing and loving environment, where every child is respected and cherished for their unique abilities. We all wish Mrs. Starling a well-deserved retirement and are so happy to see her every time she visits the school.