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CoMP Scholarship

Available to Spokane Public Montessori alumni high-school seniors graduating between January 1 and June 30 of the current academic year from Spokane public high schools. Learn more about the COMP Scholarship by click here.

CoMP Volunteers

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Current Newsletters

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Board Meeting Minutes

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Current Finances

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The Community of Montessori Parents (CoMP) is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization. CoMP operates under bylaws established at its inception and last updated in 2014. The specific objectives and purposes of CoMP shall be:

  • To develop a vision and strategic plan regarding the future direction of the SPS Montessori Program and to work with SPS administration to realize that vision and strategic plan.
  • To increase access to an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) education for SPS students by increasing the number of SPS Montessori classrooms available to children aged 3 to 18 based on student demand and the availability of AMI-certified teachers.
  • To support SPS Montessori teachers by funding training opportunities for them, funding acquisition of AMI classroom materials, and advocating for funding by SPS of all necessary and appropriate classroom materials and facilities for SPS Montessori students.
  • To plan and promote, in conjunction with SPS Human Resources, the hiring of AMI-certified teachers in order to replace departing SPS Montessori teachers and in order to expand the number of SPS Montessori classrooms available to children aged 3 to 18, based on, but not restricted by, student demand and the availability of AMI-certified teachers.
  • To promote communication between teachers, students and parents in the SPS Montessori Program and with SPS administration, with the teachers, students and parents of SPS generally, and with the Spokane community at large.
  • In conjunction with SPS, to promote the values of AMI education to SPS students and to the Spokane community.
  • To support, fund and engage in, regular and rigorous program evaluation so that the SPS Montessori Program remains in good standing with AMI.
  • To provide a forum to hear and address issues and concerns raised by teachers, students and parents in the SPS Montessori Program.
  • To provide family-oriented and other social functions developed through Committees and projects in order to enhance the general school environment.
  • Association Montessori Internationale Affiliation

    Spokane Public Schools Montessori is an The Association Montessori Internationale - USA affiliated program. We strive to maintain close adherence to Montessori standards and guidelines. As part of the certification process, a trainer from AMI-USA visits every three years to evaluate our program, teachers and facilities. CoMP supports this process by providing funding for transportation and expenses for the trainer.

    AMI-USA is affiliated with Association Montessori Internationale, the international body which strives to maintain the integrity of Maria Montessori's work, and to ensure that it will be perpetuated.

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    MariaMontessori

    In the early 1900’s, Dr. Maria Montessori, Italy’s first woman physician, developed educational materials and methods based on her belief that children learn best by doing, not by passively accepting other people’s ideas and pre-existing knowledge. Dr. Montessori believed learning should occur in multi-age classrooms where children at various stages of development learn from and with each other. Her advice was always, “Follow the child.”

    The Montessori approach succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. The first level of development occurs from birth to age 6. At this stage, children are sensorial explorers, constructing their intellects by absorbing every aspect of their environment, their language and their culture. From age 6 to 12, children become conceptual explorers. They develop their powers of abstraction and imagination, and apply their knowledge to discover and expand their worlds further. Schools are organized to reflect these stages; Primary classrooms 3–6 year olds, Lower Elementary 6–9 and Upper Elementary 9–12.

    The Montessori teacher’s role is that of an observer, whose ultimate goal is to intervene less and less as the child develops. The teacher creates an atmosphere of calm and order in the classroom and is there to help and encourage the children in their efforts, allowing them to develop self-confidence and inner discipline. With the younger students at each level, the teacher is more active, demonstrating the use of materials and presenting activities. Knowing how to observe constructively and when to intervene is one of the most important talents the Montessori teacher acquires through Montessori education and experience.