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.
"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."
"At The Portland Montessori School, our kids learn to use buttons, tie their shoes, juice an orange, crack nuts and cut bananas, clean up after themselves, identify odd and even numbers, sew, set their place at the table, pour their own milk, understand the value of numbers into the thousands, and identify continents and countries on a map—and have fun doing it all!"
"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."
"As parents, our ultimate goal is for our child to make independent, healthy and confident choices so he can be a happy and productive person wherever he is in life. We are thankful he is with Miss Jennifer's elementary class and The Portland Montessori School community, where he is developing those traits."
"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."