The Wausau School District, in partnership with the Montessori Children's Village and Educational Center, established a charter school in the Wausau area serving students in five-year old Kindergarten through grade 6. As the Wausau population became increasingly diverse, the district and community realized there was no single style or format of teaching that could successfully meet the needs of all children. The Montessori collaboration was a natural choice for this first elementary charter in Wausau because of its proven success for a wide range of children, from gifted to those with special needs. This venture has reached high acclaim in the community.