Montessori at Wesley

Highline Public Schools’ Montessori program is located within the Wesley Des Moines retirement community and is available to 3- & 4-year-olds in the Midway Elementary service area. The program provides meaningful activities and experiences for the young and young-at-heart. Residents join students for story time, gardening, singing, cooking and more.

Montessori is a method of education that is based on self-directed activity, hands-on learning and collaborative play.

In Montessori classrooms, children make creative choices in their learning, while the classroom and the teacher offer activities to guide the process. Children work to discover, explore and develop to their maximum potential.


Maria Montessori, the founder of the Montessori Method of education, observed that children ages 3 to 6 prefer individual work in the company of others. Children freely explore the prepared classroom, learning about themselves and their surrounding environment. 


  • Has materials for students to play with and learn from and a trained adult to guide the students' activities
  • Provides students with the opportunity to exercise and develop free choice and independence
  • Fosters students’ awareness and appreciation of collaboration


  • Foster independence, persistence and self-control
  • Support social development through respectful, clear communication and safe, natural consequences
  • Provide different activities to help students with their motor skills,
  • literacy and math
  • Offer opportunities for imaginative exploration, leading to confident, creative self-expression

Who: 3- & 4-year-olds in the Midway Elementary service area
What: An intergenerational Montessori pre-school in partnership with Wesley Homes offering a program focused on social-emotional development and foundational skills in language, literacy and math
Where: Wesley, 1122 S. 216th St., Des Moines

Space is limited. A lottery process is used when applications exceed capacity. Families will be notified of acceptance. Transportation is not provided for this program. For more information, call Midway Elementary at 206-631-4400.