About Walnut Farm Montessori School
Founded in 1991, Walnut Farm welcomes children ages 18 months to 9 years from diverse backgrounds, abilities, religions, races and cultures. Our school community includes families from northwest Arkansas and southwestern Missouri.
Walnut Farm Montessori School is the first and only American Montessori Society accredited school in the state of Arkansas. In addition to a full Montessori curriculum, WFMS provides a variety of prepared learning environments, enrichment programs, and activities to our students. Our toddler communities have outdoor areas where children may choose lessons and play as well as a playground suited for their developmental needs. Our primary students enjoy an outdoor classroom environment, Spanish and music instruction. Our elementary backyard has a large terraced patio where the students often take their work or enjoy an outdoor lunch. There is also a labyrinth to walk mindfully and a Gaga pit for vigorous play. Students enjoy Spanish, P.E., Naturalist, Art and Music classes. In addition, our elementary students participate in monthly trips in our region to enhance their classroom studies and appreciation of the arts.
Walnut Farm Montessori Highlights:
- Serves students 18 months – 9 years of age
- First and only nationally accredited school in the state of Arkansas
- Implements the Montessori methodology and philosophy
- Peaceful, nurturing, safe learning environments
- Credentialed teacher and one assistant in every classroom
- Beautiful 6-acre campus with multiple playgrounds including a spacious natural play scape to foster creativity and imaginative play
- Outdoor environment with designated teachers featuring various gardens, wood working, and science exploration
- Non-religious educational experience
- Supportive, involved, and welcoming parent community
Dr. Maria Montessori said, “The problem for us does not lie in the political action to save a nation or another; our efforts must be devoted, rather, to solving a psychological problem involving all [human]-kind, and as a consequence acquiring a clear conception of the kind of morality necessary to defend humanity as a whole.” (Education and Peace, 1972)
On this premise and other teachings of Dr. Montessori, Walnut Farm Montessori School is committed to maintaining an environment that is free of any type of discrimination, and where students, staff and everyone associated with the school is treated with dignity and respect. Further, WFMS embraces the American Montessori Society’s stance on equity and inclusion. The AMS website states, “A commitment to basic human rights such as freedom, dignity, safety, equitable treatment, and a standard of living adequate for health and well-being drive the Montessori commitment to education for peace and social justice.”
Walnut Farm Montessori School’s strict prohibition against discrimination includes, but is not limited to discrimination based upon a person’s race, creed, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, age, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, or family status.
This anti-discrimination policy applies to, but is not limited to all educational opportunities, classroom practices, employment practices, compensation, training, hiring, advancement, promotion, discipline, discharge and the selection of vendors, contractors and consultants who do business with the school.