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.
"The Portland Montessori School has given my children such an appreciation for learning and an extensive fund of knowledge. It has been a nurturing, appropriately challenging environment for them to reach their potential."
"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."
"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."
"I have taught in public schools for the past ten years, including six years in kindergarten, and I can attest that Montessori is different, special, and provides an optimum setting for children's growth and development."
"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."