At first Seattle Public Schools said that Queen Anne Elementary was going to be a Montessori school. Now it is going to have a "technology" focus. How did that change come about?
In the design team survey that was taken in late February assessing Queen Anne and Magnolia interest in different kinds of schools, there was interest in a technology or elementary STEM [science, technology, engineering, mathematics] program for the new school. We need to attract families from our cluster into this school to relieve the overcrowding we see in our elementary schools right now, and there was a concern that a Montessori program wasn't going to do it.
Plus, it is very difficult to find enough highly qualified Montessori teachers within the District. There were teachers who might be willing to do Montessori training over the summer, but that is not the same as someone who is well versed and practiced in Montessori teaching.