The Portland Montessori School, formerly Providence Montessori School, has over a 50-year history of educating Portland’s children according to the Montessori educational method. Located in Northeast Portland, just one block north of East Burnside Street, our campus offers a convenient location for many Portland-area neighborhoods.
We currently serve approximately 170 students with our thriving primary program for ages 2 1/2 through 6 and our growing elementary program for grades 1 through 6. We also offer before and after care as well as holiday and summer camps. Our school hours are from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM, with before and after care hours extending the day from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday through Friday.
Mary Hicks serves as the Head of School. During her tenure, she has expanded the elementary program to include upper elementary grades. She also helped shepherd the school’s smooth and successful transition to independent, non-profit status. The school officially became The Portland Montessori School on January 1, 2013.
Our guides, head of school and most staff members are certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) to ensure we guide our students using internationally recognized standards of educational excellence.
"As the mom of identical (yet nothing alike) twins, we wanted a school community that would nurture their individual curiosities and interests and provide them the same lifelong love of learning that I have experienced as a Montessori student many years ago. We found that in The Portland Montessori School."
"If it's true what Maria Montessori said, that the test of the correctness of an educational approach is the happiness of the child, then this school is succeeding beyond our wildest dreams. Both our boys are so happy to go to school and so proud of their work."
"I could write an essay on how my daughter joined PMS in the last year and graduated from her primary class reading chapter books and doing long addition and subtraction with multiple numbers. She’s well beyond her kindergarten peers, and my younger son's pride in his work and love of learning has grown beyond expectation."
"My wife and I can’t thank the school enough for helping not only our son, but also us as we try to provide a consistent learning environment in our home."
"Yesterday my second grader added 61 plus 61 in her head and she's zipping through the Harry Potter series. So while the school doesn’t measure her progress with test scores, I can see how much she has learned, but more importantly, I can see and feel her excitement about learning."