As we approach 40 years of educating the next generation of global citizens (the first of whom are now parents themselves!), we find inspiration in our students, our community, and our environment. In many ways, our campus embodies Maria Montessori’s vision of the perfect setting for a Montessori school, presenting opportunities for students and staff to develop meaningful connections with our natural world while working and learning in our forest, in our pollinator and vegetable gardens, and with our pasture animals. Our school is a place where understanding how and why we learn is valued just as much as acquiring knowledge. Where practicing empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution are held in equal regard to lessons, presentations, and student work. At Cedar River Montessori, Dr. Montessori’s “whole child” develops through meaningful, daily interactions with their environment – peers, animals, and trees alike.
We are proud of what our school has accomplished over the past several years. Some recent project highlights include becoming a Washington State Stewardship Forest, being recognized by Trillium as an Inclusive Employer, establishing a Farm Conservation Plan, partnering with EarthCorps for our 12 Acre Trails and Forest Restoration project, and achieving American Montessori Society accreditation. We are excited about the path before us. Guiding the way is our strategic plan, which sets forth three major goals over the next few years: