Cedar Tree Montessori Elementary was established in 1999 and is a state and federal non-profit preschool and elementary. We are a caring, dedicated community of students, parents and teachers located in Bellingham, Washington. We treasure each child’s special personality and unique set of abilities.
The Montessori classroom is designed to provide a rich and stimulating environment in which each child can develop academically at his or her own pace. Social skills are taught and modeled. Children role-play strategies and are guided on the playground and in the classroom to use these techniques. Cooperation and conflict resolution create a peaceful, productive, happy classroom atmosphere.
Cedar Tree’s Mission is to cultivate a passion for learning, advance academic skills, and promote peace and global awareness in a nurturing community.
Core Value: Academic Excellence
By teaching children in small groups or individually, students naturally accelerate their learning. Research shows that children who complete a six year curriculum at a Montessori elementary school are typically two to three years beyond their public school peers academically.
Core Value: Independence
The Montessori environment provides a sequence of developmentally appropriate academic and social experiences in which children naturally build their confidence and academics through increasing levels of freedom with responsibility. Children explore their own interests through independent projects several times a year.
Core Value: Community
Cedar Tree values and encourages community. We provide opportunities for parents to volunteer in school, to gather for monthly social or school events, to congregate at drop off and pick up times and to easily communicate with teachers and staff.
Core Value: Diversity
Multi-age classrooms build the expectation that differences between children are normal. We also have a number of children from nontraditional families. Cedar Tree embraces families of any race, national or ethnic origin, religion, or sexual orientation. Family members are invited to come and share their cultural background and family history.
Core Value: Cooperation
Cedar Tree staff teaches and models peaceful problem solving skills. We assist children with language to resolve conflicts both in the classroom and on the playground. Children take care of the classroom environment, consider the impact of their words and actions on others and frequently collaborate or help one another.
Core Value: Global Perspective
Our school seeks to reduce its environmental impact by recycling, reusing materials and cleaning with green products. Children participate in public service projects. We emphasize respect for nature and humanity as we share our planet’s resources.