Before & After School Enrichment
The Portland Montessori School offers flexible and affordable before and after school enrichment programs that keep children engaged in fun and creative activities when the workday for parents extends beyond school hours. Parents may sign up for three or five days a week of before school enrichment, after school enrichment or both. We always maintain a minimum 10:1 ratio of students to caregivers.
BEFORE SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (7:00 AM - 8:15 AM)
Our before school enrichment program starts at 7:00 AM and is held in one of our spacious studios, which has been carefully prepared with materials that complement those in the Montessori classroom. Our caring staff members provide children with a calm and peaceful environment in which they can engage in age-appropriate activities such as painting or reading. An assistant teacher escorts each child to his or her classroom at 8:15 AM.
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT (3:15 PM - 4:30 PM OR 3:15 PM - 6:00 PM)
Our after school enrichment program extends the day to 4:30 PM or 6:00 PM, depending on each family’s needs. When weather permits, children in after care spend the majority of the time running and playing in our large, tree-filled playground. One of our studios is also available for children to engage in a wide variety of activities that compliment the Montessori classroom experience. When it’s too cold or rainy outside, children often play in the gymnasium. Children who stay until 6:00 PM receive a small, healthy snack at around 5:00 PM.
ENROLLING IN BEFORE SCHOOL AND AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT
Because before and after enrichment programs are offered on a first come, first served basis, parents who use these programs typically sign up for them when enrolling or re-enrolling their child in school. When a program is full, we create a waiting list. As any openings become available, we fill them from this list. Should you find you need care after the school year has started, we encourage you to call the director of enrichment programs to see if we have an opening or to get your child’s name on the waiting list.
"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."
"What takes me aback every day is the exceptional commitment of every single staff member to the nurturing environment that this school provides. The care, understanding, and compassion that they show is and unwavering and is unique to each and every child."
"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."
"The outdoor play area offered at The Portland Montessori School is by far the best we saw in the city, and is a daily source of inspiration for imaginative play for our son. It is a beautiful, secluded-feeling wonderland and the children use it daily, rain or shine!"
"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."