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Soldotna Montessori Charter School Review

A part of the Kenai Peninsula School District, Soldotna Montessori Charter School is a K-6 public school. It follows the Montessori philosophy that the future of the community and the world is in the hands of our children. The academic environment is enhanced through the use of practical life skills, which help in the development of concentration and responsibility in children.

The school operates from the Soldotna Elementary School building, Soldotna, Alaska, and came about when the community felt the need for a reasonable educational alternative. SMCS initially got approval for a five-year charter and a minimum of 40 students. Today it enrolls about 162 students spread over six grades.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School delivers instruction through multi-graded classrooms by grouping grades 1-3 and 4-6 together. The certified teaching staff has the Alaska Teaching Certification, and either have Montessori Certification or working towards it.  The curriculum incorporates opportunities to interact with nature through field studies, research and instructional activities.

The school places emphasis on hands-on learning and uses concrete learning materials, such as using manipulatives to learn equations.  Children participate in all state and district assessment programs relevant to the grades, and the achievement results often exceed the standard achievement and proficiency levels.  A trip to the United Nations is just one of the many activities that children are exposed to.

162 E. Park Ave.
Soldotna, AK 99669
Phone: 907-260-9221


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