Beyond the Classroom
Students in our elementary program have several opportunities to participate in activities off campus. These activities are planned well in advance and are chaperoned by the classroom teachers and parent volunteers. Off campus activities are linked to curriculum interests or areas of learning and may change from year to year.
IslandWood Learning Center – Bainbridge Island, WA
In the fall, elementary students load their backpacks and put on their hiking shoes for a four-day outdoor retreat at IslandWood Learning Center on Bainbridge Island. There, students participate in project-based fieldwork, build classroom community, take part in environmental stewardship and learn about Bainbridge Island’s cultural history. A visit to IslandWood is an exceptional experience and a treasured memory.
Seattle Children’s Theater – Seattle, WA
Throughout the year, students attend performances at the Seattle Children’s Theater and have opportunities to go behind the scenes of a theatrical production. Drama at Bellevue Montessori School’s Park Elementary Campus is taught by a Seattle Children’s Theater teaching artist, Britt Boyd.
Woodland Park Zoo – Seattle, WA
A visit to the beautiful Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle’s Phinney Ridge neighborhood provides a near to life look at animal habitats and helps deepen students’ knowledge of zoology, geography and ecology. The Woodland Park Zoo is a multi-award winning zoo dedicated to education, ecological literacy and conservation stewardship.
Low Tide Beach Trip – Puget Sound Beaches, WA
Each year, elementary students explore a Puget Sound beach at low tide to examine the marine invertebrates that are revealed by an extra low tide. A naturalist from the Seattle Aquarium first visits the school to prepare the children for the trip. The naturalist teaches the students about the marine life and how to properly explore the beach without harming the animals. At the beach, naturalists from the Seattle Aquarium guide students in their explorations.
Community service projects are accomplished at all age levels. Students are encouraged from a young age to be stewards of our Earth, and to be compassionate participants in our society. In the classroom children work to keep alive Maria Montessori’s belief in peer teaching by lending a hand or reading to other students. Twice a year students take ownership of a larger responsibility by servicing people in our community. Students are given service project choices and collaboratively select a service. In the past students have worked with Northwest Harvest, Children’s Hospital and The Red Cross to name a few.