History: Soldotna Montes-sori Charter School started in the 2002-03 school year to serve students in kindergarten through third grade and has expanded to serve about 90 youth in kindergarten through sixth grade.
The school operates under the internationally-recognized Montessori program, in which students direct their own courses of study through a wide range of educational resources. The school operates out of Soldotna Elementary School.
Principal Mo Sanders
Secretary Lisa Dehlbom
162 Park Ave.
Soldotna, AK 99669
Demographics: The student population of the Montessori Charter School is 89 percent Caucasian, 4 percent Hispanic, 4 percent Asian-Pacific Islander and 4 percent Amer-ican Indian. About 9 percent of the students experience disabilities, and 19 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.
Staffing: The school operates with a part-time administrator, 4.25 teaching positions, .31 special-education aide positions and a part-time nurse, secretary and custodian. The teachers at the school average more than 5.5 years experience with the district and also are certified by the Montessori program.
AYP: The charter school made adequate yearly progress during the 2002-03 school year, with 100 percent of tested students scoring proficient in language arts and 75 percent of the students proficient in math. In 2003-04, Soldotna Montessori again passed AYP, with more than 90 percent of students proficient in language arts and 83 percent proficient in math.
Cocurricular: Soldotna Montessori has no sports programs, but students may parti-cipate in academic activities and competitions.
Registration: While admission to the charter school is open districtwide, space is limited, and enrollment is based on a lottery held in the spring.
Transportation: Students may ride Soldotna Elementary School bus routes 33, 34, 35, 36 and 37 to the school. Families outside the attendance area must provide transportation.
School hours: 8:55 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
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