Good Shepherd Montessori has a vibrant history of community support and parent involvement. The school is a ministry of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd and shares space with the church’s children’s ministries. For twenty years the relationship between church and school has been close. The cornerstone of GSM’s ministry is our scholarship program, where we provide need-based scholarships to those would otherwise would not be able to afford a quality, early childhood education. We are blessed to benefit from church members who volunteer and those who donate to our scholarship program through special appeals and a church grant; it makes up the majority of our scholarship funding. (insert pictures of community and possibly add former parents quotes!!) Do we have any old pictures we can include?
We’ve also been blessed with continued growth throughout our years. In 1998 we started off as a small, morning program with 11 students. In 1999 we became licensed though Washington State Child Care and started offering full day Kindergarten. GSM has now grown to two beautiful classrooms serving 40 children. We currently employ: two AMI primary certified Montessori guides, six assistants, a book keeper and a director.
Our graduates come back regularly to say hello to their teachers. Recently we had a former student return to our school to do his Eagle Scout project. It was incredibly rewarding to see him give back to a community he still feels a connection. Our current students continue to enjoy the playground improvements and weather station he made. (insert pictures of this project and possibly get a quote from him)
In 2013-14 the school was recognized as a Washington State Department of Learning Early Achiever school with a “Quality Level of Excellence” rating. We also earned two areas of specialization in Curriculum and Staff Supports and Interactions and Environment.
We are an approved education program for the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia.