Center in Wichita, KS 67207
8311 East Douglas Avenue
Wichita, KS 67207
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Wichita Montessori School had its origins on a property owned by Betty Rounds (the area now known as Lakepoint). In 1986, the school moved to the campus of The Independent School, where it resides today. (While they enjoy collaborating on projects and have a relationship of mutual respect, WMS and the Independent School are separate entities.)
Indranie Weerakoon, a teacher and director emweritus of WMS’s Primary program, trained in 1949 at The Montessori Training Institute in what was then Ceylon. When Weerakoon sat for her final exams, Dr. Maria Montessori herself presided as examiner. “Miss Indranie,” as she is known to all at our school, was one of WMS’s founding teachers.
Wichita Montessori School’s first graduates are now of high school age and older. Of our graduates, there have been five National Merit Finalists, four National Merit commended, one who also achieved a perfect SAT (1600) score, one Coca Cola Scholar, two awarded cum Laude Society, one Kansas Scholar and one Presidential Scholar. In addition to universities in Kansas, graduates from WMS have been accepted to Duke, Stanford, University of Texas, Dartmouth, Tufts, Texas A & M, Hofstra, Denver University, University of Chicago, Washington University, and Southern Methodist University, just to name a few. We also are proud of our graduates for their leadership in art, sports, music and citizenship, all qualities nurtured at Wichita Montessori School.
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At the root of Montessoris method was a deeply held belief in the dignity and spiritual worth of every child.
A disciplined observer of childrens learning patterns, Montessori recognized each childs natural desire to master new skills. Montessori school classrooms encourage children to touch, manipulate and explore. Subjects traditionally reserved for older students, such as geometry, grammar, botany and zoology, are introduced early. Montessori was the first to recognize that the minds of children under six are receptive to these subjects.