at Lynnwood

Tours & Events
Monday-Friday | 7:00 am – 6:00 pm

Nido (6 weeks to 18 months)
Toddler (18 months to 3 years)
Children's House (3 to 6 years)

5421 196th Place SW Lynnwood WA, 98036
5421 196th Place SW
Guidepost Montessori at Lynnwood conveniently located next to Wilcox Park off 196th St. We offer a diverse array of Montessori programs for students from infancy through kindergarten.
5421 196th Place SW . Lynnwood WA, 98036
Tours & Events

explore our programs.

Our approach is designed to empower each child to achieve independence by combining our hands-on curriculum with personalized learning to create an environment where curiosity flourishes, independence grows, and academic excellence is a natural outcome.

We want your child to see and believe: “I am capable!”

Nido .
For infants ages 6 weeks to 16 months old
For children ages 16 months to 2.5-3 years old
Children's House.
For children ages 2.5-3 to 6 years old
Guidepost at Home.
For children ages 0 to 12 years old

what makes us stand out.

How is the Guidepost Montessori approach different from conventional education?.

At Guidepost, we join with parents on their mission to help their child grow and live well. Together, we design an education to empower each child to build the knowledge, skills, and confidence she needs to craft an independent, flourishing life.

Though there are many differences between the conventional approach and Guidepost, here are some of the most important:

Conventional Education vs Guidepost Montessori
What is the Guidepost Mission?.

At Guidepost, our mission is to support each child in achieving her own independence. To do this, we help her gain the knowledge, build the skills, and craft the personal character she needs to flourish. Above all, our goal is to cultivate joy—in the pursuit of knowledge, in effort applied to work worth doing, in the achievements of herself and others, and in taking the steps to author her own life.

Read more about the Guidepost Mission.

Learn about the key milestones we support—from infancy through high school.

Read more about why we educate for independence, and how we support independence for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary-age children.

What are the outcomes of your programs?.

Montessori education is known world-wide for having positive impacts on both academics and social and emotional skills.

At Guidepost Montessori, when we design an environment to meet the developmental needs and interests of children alongside personalized care and support, the child can learn advanced skills at an accelerated pace.

Our students, for example, regularly learn to read by the time they’re 4-years-old and can perform all four math operations with 4-digit numbers by the end of their Kindergarten year.

The language and math skills of our kindergartners are on a par with what children in conventional programs learn in 3rd grade or beyond! What’s more, our students learn advanced academics joyfully—while simultaneously developing deep focus, self-discipline, and positive social skills.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Language Curriculum in Children’s House.

Read more about the Guidepost Montessori advanced Math Curriculum in Children’s House.

Do your programs include Kindergarten?.

Yes! The third year of our Children’s House program, designed for 3- to 6-year-olds, is the capstone kindergarten year. In this year, the child has been well-prepared to experience an explosion of literacy, learn advanced math concepts, and use her hard-won ability to focus, problem-solve, and persist through challenges to then make advanced gains across the curriculum. Children who continue with Guidepost through Kindergarten are often well-ahead of their peers when they enter 1st grade.

Learn more about the capstone Kindergarten year at Guidepost.

Learn more about the next exciting stage: the Guidepost elementary program.

Following elementary, students continue on to our Montessori middle and high school, the Academy of Thought & Industry: a school that combines a classical liberal arts emphasis on history and great books, and a Montessori emphasis on independence and agency.

How does Guidepost partner with parents?.

At Guidepost, we want to make the best education the best for children and parents. This is why we provide year-round, extended-day programming at no extra cost, enabling consistent and uninterrupted access to the care and developmental support parents expect. We invite you into your child’s world—with daily photo and video updates, regular milestone meetings, and parent-child events that showcase your child’s progress. We work to understand your unique context and needs, so that we can provide support for milestones at home as well as at school.

In everything we do, we strive to cultivate joy as you watch your child grow!

Read about Transparent Classroom, the app that provides a window into your child’s day.

Read about recent family events such as Grandparent’s Day, a cultural celebration, and a spring celebration.

take a peek at our school.

what parents are saying.

lizz sanz
Aug 3, 2023 on google
I love this school. This is my first time bringing my daughter to a Montessori school and I can already she the difference. She is so independent now, she puts her clothes on by herself and constantly asking to help in the kitchen. The campus is completely renovated indoors, it looks brand new and beautiful. Also staff is so nice and helpful they really care about their families.
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Larry Barcenas
Aug 4, 2023 on google
I have only good things to say about Guidepost Montessori at Lynnwood. Even, though we have been waiting since last year for them to open, I can tell you that all the wait was worth it. Staff is very professional and capable. I am excited to see my child grow and develop with their Montessori philosophy.
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Megan Hayter
Jan 31 on google
We've been at Guidepost since their opening, and we have been very happy. There has been some turnover of leadership and staff, but through it all they have communicated well with parents and everyone they've hired has been professional and amazing with the kids. My child loves all of the guides she interacts with and talks about them in a positive way at home. The current leadership is wonderful and we feel like we hit the jackpot with this school! Highly recommend to anyone looking for Montessori in the area.
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J Seo
Nov 15, 2023 on google
Our team, Spring Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, recently had a special opportunity to provide a Healthy Smile Presentation to the Toddler and Children's House students. Teachers were very supportive and caring throughout our visit. Our team had a great time interacting with many students going over brushing/flossing skills and healthy food choices. The school was very modern and well equipped. They had bright colors and decorations on the walls, and the indoor gym area was very spacious for students to learn and play with their friends. Thank you Ms. Elizabeth and her team for support. We are excited to be your neighbor. Dr. J and Team Spring
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Our team of admissions specialists are ready to meet you and get you started on your journey within the Guidepost community. We're here to provide your family with the information and confidence you need to enroll in one of our programs.

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Read our enrollment guide.

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