Pullman Community Montessori Approved as Pullman’s Newest School

Pullman Community Montessori Approved as Pullman’s Newest School

Press Release | Pullman Community Montessori

A new school is coming to Pullman in the fall of 2021. 

In a unanimous vote July 9th, the Washington State Charter Commission approved Pullman Community Montessori’s application to become the first charter public school in southeastern Washington. 

The effort was years in the making.

Back in 2014, a group of parents and community members banded together to explore high-quality educational alternatives in Pullman. They found what they were looking for in the Montessori model - an educational model that emphasizes “child-centered” learning.

Last year, their work culminated in a fellowship awarded by the Washington State Charter Schools Association, a statewide non-profit dedicated to supporting both aspiring and existing charters schools.

Laylah Sullivan, a Pullman High School biology teacher at the time, was selected as the fellow.

“Our goal is to expand our public options through a whole-child developmental approach that prepares students through rigorous academics and a robust K-9th grade social-emotional and life skills curriculum,” Sullivan said.

Over the past 12 months, Sullivan crafted the 795-page application that outlined the plan for the new school. Part of that plan includes the Gladish Community Center building. Once home of Pullman High School, it is now likely to house the PCM school once it opens.

PCM’s educational model differs from the traditional school model by emphasizing student-centered learning, developmentally appropriate age-groupings, and project-based learning. 

The new school will also devote a half day each week to professional development and aims to empower teachers as decision makers and educational researchers.

The school will open as a public K-5 elementary school and add a grade level each year until it becomes K-9. 

For questions about the school, contact Laylah Sullivan at lsullivan@mypcm.com or visit their website at https://www.pullmancommunitymontessori.org.

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