Legacy of Dr. Josie R. Johnson Montessori

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Legacy of Dr. Josie R. Johnson Montessori School seeks to provide an excellent, equitable Montessori education to an kids in north Minneapolis.

JJ Legacy is a school dedicated to providing an excellent, equitable, authentic Montessori education to children ages 16-months through 6th grade. We believe in the power of the Montessori approach to ignite curiosity and student-led learning, to pursue equity, and to build a community of support and love.

The school is co-led by couple Tonicia and Jamal Abdur Salaam, educational social justice leaders. These leaders have created a foundational approach with an intense focus on a learning community broadened to include leveraging Montessori pedagogy in collaboration with evidence-based practices, specifically, Dr. Wade Nobles' world-renowned research and pedagogy, Nsaka SunSum (Touching the Spirit). This powerful pedagogy offers a full educational experience that honors the whole child in order to combat white supremacy in education. 

By accounting for the absent narratives in the classroom, we are able to bring full circle the educational experiences all children deserve through an understanding of the child’s identity and experiences both culturally and racially. At JJ Legacy, we believe All children can be at the center of that important development, by finding their cultural and racial identity in education along with their purpose in the learning environment.

JJ Legacy is racially and economically diverse.  76% qualify for free and reduced-price lunch. We believe that by doing the challenging, inspiring, critical work of building an equitable, diverse community in our four walls, we can not only foster the kind of community we believe in today, but can help students develop the skills to build the world we know is possible tomorrow.

 For more information, or to find out about enrollment, feel free to contact us at office@brightwatermontessori.org.  Thank you for your support of our community at Legacy of Dr. Josie R. Johnson Montessori! 

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5140 Fremont Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55430



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