MSY is an established Montessori school, serving the Yakima valley for over 40 years. We offer Preschool through the 6th grade!
Our mission is to create a purposeful, peaceful and enriching environment, based on the philosophy and principles of Dr. Maria Montessori. Within this environment, we will nurture the children of our community to become competent, compassionate and confident people who respect and contribute to the world in which they live.
The Montessori School of Yakima (MSY) was founded in 1965 by a group of committed parents who wanted to bring the Montessori method of education to the children of the Yakima Valley. We operate in accordance with the educational philosophy and methods developed by Dr. Maria Montessori. All of our teachers are Montessori-trained and participate in conferences and seminars to stay well versed on current trends. After serving the community for 45 years, we have the pleasure of having children of former students enrolled.
MSY provides a child-directed, multi-aged learning environment that is specifically suited to follow stages of development for children 3 years to 9 years of age. Areas of study include math, language, music, geography, science, art, sensorial development, and practical life activities. Each child is encouraged to independently explore an array of learning materials that follow a natural progression from concrete to abstract concepts and ideas, thus laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning and living.
Montessori is the fastest growing educational method in North America. There are approximately 1,000,000 children enrolled in various Montessori programs and that number increases by about 10% annually.
MSY is a non-profit corporation administered by a Board of Directors made up of parents and community members, assisted by the school staff. Parents of enrolled children have a voice in the operational management of the school, and are encouraged to attend the annual meeting as well as monthly board meetings. Parent involvement is also needed and appreciated in school activities and fundraising.
It is our hope that the Montessori School of Yakima continues to provide an enriching, peaceful environment in which to nurture the youngest of our community for years to come.