Wellington Day School originated in Seattle’s University District, 11 years prior to its inception.
Morningstar Montessori Preschool opened in 1982 by two friends, Elizabeth Itaya and Janet Oliver, who had recently completed their Montessori certification. For seven years, these teachers worked together as Morningstar Montessori grew and its students thrived. But in 1989, circumstances changed. Mrs. Oliver’s husband was transferred out-of-state, and Mrs. Itaya’s mother became ill on Whidbey Island.
Morningstar Montessori closed, but in time, both teachers opened new schools: Mrs. Oliver founded the Classical Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in the spring of 1993, Mrs. Itaya opened a new Montessori preschool on the south end of Whidbey Island.
Almost immediately, Wellington grew from a preschool to a combination preschool and kindergarten. Nearly each subsequent year, a new grade was added to the school, until Wellington became a preschool through eighth grade independent school.
Today, Wellington is a highly regarded educational institution within the South Whidbey community. Many families enjoy their time spent at Wellington, and many students have used their Wellington education as a foundation for success at the high school level and beyond.