Montessori-Based Program

Location: Maltby Elementary

Monroe School District's Montessori-based program began in 2012. This tuition-free program serves students in grades K-5, and it is located at Maltby Elementary.  Montessori is currently divided into three classrooms with mixed grade-level groupings in each classroom. Grade-level groupings may change based on enrollment numbers, gender balance, and the specific needs of the children in the program.


A Montessori-based education helps children learn to be independent, self-directed learners equipped with the tools needed to accomplish their academic and personal goals. The Monroe School District’s Montessori-based classrooms are “prepared environments” designed to facilitate maximum independent learning and explorations by the child. Students work independently, in small groups, and with the entire class. Special Montessori-based materials help children solve problems by themselves, building independence, analytical thinking, and the satisfaction that comes from true accomplishment.

The following describes components of Maltby’s Montessori-based program:

  • 5 day a week program
  • Students use Montessori curriculum and materials
  • Students participate in district and state assessments
  • 3 hour uninterrupted learning block
  • Students participate in whole school events including assemblies, specialists (PE, music, library), lunch, and recess.
  • Students are supported by district services as needed (OT, PT, speech, LAP, etc.)
  • Teacher is both Montessori and elementary certified
  • Parents are required to attend at least one Parent Education class per year and volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per year, which may be done at school or home
  • New families are required to tour the program (specific dates are offered each year) before submitting paperwork for enrollment


There is no specific criteria for a student to participate in our Montessori-based program. Participation in the kindergarten year is done through an annual drawing over spring break (the school year before the child enters kindergarten). Parents are required to tour the program and turn in paperwork to be part of the drawing. Families are notified of acceptance after spring break. Students in other grades are considered on a first-come, first-serve basis with preference given to students who have had previous experience with the Montessori philosophy. We also strive to balance our boys vs. girl ratio as well as grade levels. Once we have received enough registrations to fill the classes, a wait list is created for all other interested families.

New and interested families are invited to attend our Montessori-Based Program Information Night, usually held in February in the Maltby Elementary library.

Interest forms are due in the Maltby Elementary office no later than 4:00 p.m. on the last weekday in March.

Interest Form for Kindergarten  Interest Form for Grades 1-5

For questions, please contact:

Maltby Elementary
9700 212th ST SE
Snohomish, WA 98296
Phone: (360) 804.3500