The Portland Montessori School offers a three-year primary program called "Children's House" for primary age children 2 1/2 to 6 years. Children's House carries the child through their kindergarten year, promoting them into the first grade of the elementary program as confident and joyful learners. As a member of a classroom community that includes a range of ages, children work independently, but also in small groups. Older children often serve as mentors, setting an example and giving lessons to younger members of the community. This environment provides children a special opportunity to develop compassion, leadership skills and an attitude of service as they grow and learn.
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certified guides help children in our primary classrooms develop a strong academic foundation built on language skills, math, geography, science, music and art. They also help them acquire practical life skills such as caring for themselves and their classroom environment. By design, the Montessori classroom and specific materials in it spark curiosity, while promoting learning, self-discipline, independence and responsibility.
A guide (teacher) and a dedicated assistant teacher lead each primary classroom, working together to provide each child the individualized guidance they need to reach their fullest potential. Additional assistant teachers are always available and nearby if needed. In addition, because we house our elementary and primary programs within the same facility, students in their final year of the primary program benefit from visits to the elementary classroom.
"My second grade daughter, in her fifth year with The Portland Montessori School, constantly surprises me with the lessons she brings home. Last week, after the whole class spent 3 days in Opal Creek, she showed me the impact of a clearcut on a variety of plant and animal species."
"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."
"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."
"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."