Woodrow Wilson Montessori School

Woodrow Wilson Montessori School, founded in 1925, was named after the 28th president of the United States and serves Pre-K through 8th grade. Still at its original location, Wilson Montessori was built on the location of the home of Mirabeau B. Lamar. Mr. Lamar was the second and last president of the Republic of Texas, sworn into office on December 10, 1838. The school boasts that its community is diverse and promotes “safety, high achievement, creativity and teamwork.” In 2005, Wilson Montessori became Houston’s first public, all-Montessori school.

Woodrow Wilson Montessori School

2100 Yupon, Houston, TX 77006                                                                            Ms. Beth Bonnette, Principal

(713) 942-1470                                                                                   Ms. Sharon Smith, Director of Admissions

www.HoustonISD.org/Page/76203

Religious Affiliation

None.

Location and Facilities

The school is located in the Montrose area near downtown Houston on Yupon Street, north of Westheimer Road. The outdoor facilities include a track & field and a playground. A residential neighborhood and large trees surround the school. The campus is currently expanding its outdoor facilities for a community project called SPARK Park, so the area can be used as a neighborhood park outside of school hours.  Last renovated in 2004, the school will benefit from a nearly $19 million expansion scheduled for completion in late 2015 or early 2016.

Admissions

Wilson Montessori requires: 1) Physical Copy of Regular Application or Online Magnet Application 2) Birth Certificate 3) Driver’s License and Utility Bill 4) Child’s Immunization Records 5) Current and Previous Year’s Final Report Card and 6) Test Record Card for Middle School Applicants.

Academic Tracks and Curriculum

The school offers Montessori, Honors, Gifted & Talented, and Magnet academic tracks.

Special Needs

Wilson Montessori follows standard HISD policies, offering Resource Services and Speech Therapy.

Foreign Languages

The school offers a traditional bilingual program, English as a Second Language, and a new Sign Language program.

Arts

Wilson Montessori has added an art ancillary class and is bringing more enrichment programs to campus, including dance, music and a Great Books program. The school hosts annual events, including a new Art Exhibit for students and teachers and a Book Character Parade where the students dress up as their favorite book characters.

Technology

Wilson Montessori offers a computer class to all grades. Students learn the basics of keyboarding, Microsoft Office, file management and surfing the Web. Middle school students use a program called SCRATCH to incorporate math and creativity into designing interactive stories, games, music and art. The school follows HISD guidelines for the use of technology.

Extracurricular Activities

Programs for students include Writers in the Schools (WITS) for Upper Elementary and Fotofest for Middle School. Wilson Montessori is participating in the SPARK School Park Program, a Houston program created to develop school parks into neighborhood parks. Students can participate in Jump rope for Heart, a fundraising event sponsored by the American Heart Association. School events include a family picnic, Field Day and Friends of Montessori (FOM) play dates.

Athletics

No information provided.

Parent Involvement

Parents at Wilson Montessori can join the PTO, which holds three general meetings per year. The PTO has worked with the non-profit Friends of Montessori to raise money for the school’s Wonderground SPARK Park. For parents to stay abreast with students and teachers, the school uses HISD’s online portal called Parent Student Connect.

Woodrow Wilson Montessori School Fast Facts

Overview  
School Type Public, Montessori, Magnet, Coeducational
Religious Affiliation None
Uniforms Yes
Date Founded 1924
Endowment N/A
Grades Served PK-8
Enrollment 489
     Grade 8 5
     Grade 7 17
     Grade 6 25
     Grade 5Grade 4

Grade 3

Grade 2

Grade 1

KG

PK

4356

61

72

67

64

79

Student to Teacher Ratio 17:1
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (#/%) N/A
Minorities in Student Body 62%
Curriculum
Academic Tracks Offered Honors, Gifted & Talented
Advanced Placement Courses Offered N/A
Languages Offered N/A
Calendar (Semester / Trimester / Other) Semester
Interscholastic Sports Programs N/A
Public School Stats (Public Schools)
Gifted and Talented Students 20%
Free and Reduced Lunch 57%
Adequate Yearly Progress (2007-2010) Met AYP
AYP (2010-2012) Missed AYP
TEA Accountability (2007-2011) Academically Acceptable

 

Excerpted from General Academic’s publication, “Houston Private & Select Public Schools: Survey, Analysis, and Research, 3rd Edition.”

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