The Waseca School was founded in 1993 with the intention of offering an early Montessori education to a diversity of students, especially those who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity. Respect for the child as a being capable of self-development and independence is inherent in the Montessori philosophy and makes it possible for any child to reach his or her fullest potential. A food program with whole, unprocessed foods and an environmental ethic have always been core values of our community. We strive to help children establish a strong connection with nature and to view the world as an interconnected biosphere.
Within the Waseca community, we have picnics and potlucks throughout the year that allow us to come together. We have family events such as a Fall Festival in October with storytelling, crafts and games. The Holiday Festival in December features a puppet show, crafts, and a special shop for children where everything costs a ticket. Our Fun Run is a new fundraiser that the kids really enjoy. At the Closing Day Ceremonies, the children entertain us with songs, skits, and dance. Each child’s birthday is celebrated with a walk around the sun with a globe for each year on earth. Parents come to share pictures of their child’s life and tell the story.
We hope to provide support, social connections and activities for the families enrolled in our program.
Waseca is a (501)c3 non-profit corporation. Our Board of Directors consists of both parents and supportive members of the Athens community. Your tax-deductible donations are used for playground development, classroom materials, teacher education or scholarships. Volunteers are always welcome.