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2015 - 2016 School Year

Choose a meeting that best fits your schedule:

ORLA Montessori will offer one tuition-based, full-day kindergarten, combined with a tuition-free 1st grade from 9:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. M-F

Additionally we will continue our half-day, tuition-free kindergarten classroom from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. M-F.  All other grades are currently full for 2015-16.

Upcoming New Family Information meetings will be at our NEW school 2400 15th Ave. S.E. Olympia, WA 98501 - off Boulevard Road.

Supply lists are posted at Curriculum and Supply List tab.

What is Montessori?

Developed in the early 1900’s by Maria Montessori and used internationally in schools for over 70 years, Montessori is a comprehensive educational approach designed to help each individual child reach their full potential at their own unique pace. historical B&W photo of Montessori teacher and students in classroom 

The Montessori philosophy values the natural curiosity and ability for learning present within each child. Students learn responsibility, time management, and social skills along with academics within a highly structured, prepared learning environment.  Lessons are given individually or in small groups of children with similar interests, skills or academic needs.  Students work at their own pace and follow their own interests throughout the sequential curriculum designed to help every individual reach his or her full potential.  Students are grouped into multiage classrooms.  Younger students are inspired by, and imitate, the work of the older children who act as role models.  Older students gain experience and confidence in leadership.

During an uninterrupted, three hour work period, students are guided by the teacher to make choices about where, what, and how long to spend on a particular work.  After an initial presentation, students are able to practice and continue their learning independently with the support of specially designed manipulative materials, beautiful charts, timelines and books.    

ORLA Montessori Offers Families Bus Ridership

ORLA Montessori students, residents of the Olympia School District only, will have bus transportation available when we relocate to our new school. Students riding the bus will arrive at ORLA each morning at 9:00 a.m. Each afternoon the bus will leave ORLA at 3:25 p.m.  Please contact Heather Ratcliff for more information. Please read the pick up and drop off information for the new building here.

Please contact YCare 360-705-2642 to ask questions and decide if YCare will work for your family. If you decide to move forward with YCare please send an email to Heather Ratcliff, hratcliff@osd.wednet.edu letting her know your child's name and which days of the week your child will need transportation to Roosevelt for YCare. 

ORLA Montessori Classrooms 2014-2015 Current School Year

The Children's House: Tuition-based Pre-K ( 4-years old by August 31), combined with our FREE Kindergarten. Hours 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. M-F.  

Lower and upper Elementary: One 1st-2nd grade classroom, two 1st-3rd grade classrooms, and two 4th-6th grade classrooms.                    Hours - 9:00 a.m. - 3:10 p.m. M-F.

One hour late start for teacher collaboration & Early Release/Conference days - please see ORLA Montessori Calendar.