In the fall of 2012, two strangers began having the exact same conversation with their friends and colleagues:
"Wenatchee really ought to have a Montessori elementary school!"
Both were educators and mothers, and they each valued the enriching and vibrant experience their young children had experienced in Montessori preschool and Kindergarten programs.
Thankfully, Wenatchee is a small enough town that before long, someone gave Cara the number to contact Anni, and the two had a conversation that went something like this:
Cara: I understand you have been asking about the possibility of a Montessori elementary school.
Anni: Yes, I have! Sadly, no one seems to want to offer one. But Montessori is such a wonderful approach, we really should have an elementary one here!
Cara: Agreed. I almost think I should look into it myself. By the way, what do you do for a living?
Anni: I'm a teacher. I specialize in language, reading, and Spanish. And you?
Cara: Ah. Well, I'm also a teacher. I specialize in math, science, and language acquisition.
Anni: Hmm. Perhaps we would make a perfect team!
It's not hard to guess what happened next...both Cara and Anni knew from that first conversation that something remarkable was about to unfold. During the following nine months, with the help of their families and friends, the two put countless hours into planning, advertising, and preparing for September. Cara began her Montessori certification, and soon the team had raised enough funds to purchase the necessary classroom materials. A wonderful location was secured, interested families signed up, and on September 4, 2013, Joyful Scholars opened its doors for the first time, serving just 12 students. For the first few months, the two teachers occasionally pinched themselves: Did we really do this? Is our dream actually a reality? Indeed, it is. Cara and Anni couldn't be more pleased to offer this educational opportunity to their fabulous students, and they are excited to see where the next few years lead.
"...your mindfulness and thoughtfulness of everyone in the classroom is simply amazing".
- JSM Parent
"We see the proof everyday in our energetic son, who can't wait to get to school every morning, and is so excited and overjoyed about learning."
- JSM Parent
"We LOVE Joyful Scholars Montessori - thank you for all of the hard work and time you put into making JSM such a wonderful place to go to school."
- JSM Parent
Joyful Scholars is the only preschool through elementary school in the valley that provides a traditional Montessori education. In addition, it's the only private school with a focus on bilingual instruction. Students enjoy a low teacher-student ratio, project-based learning, individual instruction, and a host of exceptional learning activities.
Registration for the 2017/2018 school year will be open to the public on March 15th. However, observations can be scheduled now!
Parents and teachers have recently begun conversations about adding a junior high option by the school year 2018-2019! Check back here for more details.