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.
"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 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."
"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."
"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."
"Having entered our third full year at what is now The Portland Montessori School, we have been moved by not only Mr. Curt, whom Beck looks up to a great deal and thinks is the smartest person in the world, but also by the entire staff’s commitment to each child’s development."