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.
"We always knew that our daughter’s curiosity and tenacity led her to love exploration and learning, but since she’s been with The Portland Montessori School we've seen her develop personally in ways we hadn't imagined. She is all the better for the love, respect, friendship and encouragement she receives there."
"I am so happy that my son is spending his kindergarten year in a Montessori environment where his knowledge, self-control, kindness, sense of purpose, and confidence have all grown by leaps and bounds."
"When our son started kindergarten at The Portland Montessori School, his behavior problems stopped almost immediately. That’s because he had interesting, engaging work to do. He’s so proud to show us the work he’s done when we pick him up after 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."
"The Portland Montessori School is a school with a heart. Each year, parents raise money to sustain scholarships that make the dream of a Montessori education a reality for families who could not otherwise afford it. That shows the true spirit of community at our school."