Frequently Asked Questions

ORLA Montessori (Pre-K-6th grades) 2017-18 school year enrollment is now closed. All classes are full and lottery is complete.

  • ORLA Montessori offers:
  • Two Children’s House classrooms with a tuition-free (full-day) Kindergarten combined with a tuition-based (half-day) Pre-K (4 years old by August 31).
  • One 1-2nd grade classroom,
  • Three 1-2-3rd grade classrooms,
  • and three 4-5-6 grade classrooms.

How much does it cost to enroll?

For 2016-2017 OSD set tuition at $300 per month for morning only Pre-kindergarten (4 years old by August 31).

Where are you located?

Our school is off Boulevard Road at 2400 15th Ave SE Olympia, 98501. Office hours are 8:00 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. Monday - Friday.

Contact 360-596-7730 with questions.


ORLA Montessori Offers Families Bus Ridership

ORLA Montessori students, residents of the Olympia School District only, have bus transportation available. 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 the office for more information.

Olympia in-district resident students have the option of riding the bus to and from the schools listed below. Bussing is available for students in kindergartner through sixth grade. All Kindergartners must have a bus form on file before they are allowed to ride the bus.

Please note while at the neighborhood school your students must be supervised by a parent/guardian(not older sibling) while waiting for the bus. The pick-up and drop-off times are listed below. Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the pick-up/drop-off time to ensure that your student is not unsupervised. AM Route Pick-Up Times PM Route Drop-Off Times

Bus Arrives at ORLA 8:45 and leaves ORLA at 3:25

Garfield 8:04 AM Garfield 3:45 PM

Roosevelt 8:16 AM Roosevelt 3:40 PM

Madison 8:20 AM Madison 3:35 PM

Lincoln 8:30 AM - No PM bus to Lincoln

1/2 Day of School: 

Bus leaves ORLA @12:10 p.m.

Madison @ 12:18

Garfield @ 12:28

Roosevelt @ 12:23 - All bus times may be within 5-10 minutes from times listed. 

One hour late start for teacher collaboration & Early Release/Conference days. 

What is the Montessori Work Period?

The Montessori Method is built around a 3-hour work period during which, students work at their own pace.  Under the guidance of the teacher, they may choose to pursue activities in math, language, science, history, geography, practical life or sensorial.  At any time on any day, all of these activities may be occurring simultaneously.  Students may work independently, with a partner, or with a small group of children.

The Montessori materials - The classroom environment is prepared with learning materials specially designed and sequenced to spark curiosity and foster independent learning.  Hands-on, self-correcting manipulatives in math and language allow students to work independently towards mastery of concepts presented.  Engaging charts, timelines, books, and nomenclature cards fill the shelves of the cultural areas, inviting and guiding the students into studies of geography, history, and science.

Additional materials may be found at the Supply Lists link required by each classroom.


The carefully structured Montessori classroom is organized into five distinct curricular areas:

Sensorial: Students develop and train all five senses to explore, classify, discriminate, and order their world. 

Practical Life: Students develop motor skills, concentration, grace and courtesy through activities with lifelong practical application such as pouring and measuring, gardening, using good manners, and other skills that lead to independence. 

Math: Hands-on manipulative materials allow students to work independently and develop concrete understandings of place value, number order, operations and facts, fractions and geometry.

Language: In addition to guided lessons in reading and writing, manipulative materials in the language area give practice in phonics, grammar, spelling, and handwriting - giving a solid foundation for progressively advanced skills.

Cultural: History, geography and science materials allow the student to discover and expand their knowledge of various forms of life on earth and their interdependence, our universe from the beginnings of time to the present day, the physical laws of science, and the history of the development of civilizations and culture.