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4 Amazing Montessori Schools in Portland

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If you are looking to enroll your child in elementary school you might be wondering what your options are. Your child may benefit from attending a Montessori school in Portland.

What is Montessori?


Children have a natural desire to learn and explore the world around them, according to the Montessori philosophy. To do so, they should be given the freedom and support to do so.

The Montessori method emphasizes hands-on experiences and using all the senses to help your child learn. Children are encouraged to explore and discover on their own in Montessori classrooms. Specifically designed materials and activities promote learning and development with that in mind.

In a Montessori classroom, your child will be grouped together in mixed-age classrooms and will be encouraged to work at their own pace. The emphasis is on self-directed learning and the teacher acts as a facilitator and guide rather than a traditional lecturer.

Montessori also emphasizes the development of social skills, emotional intelligence, and independence. Collaboration, effective communication, and self-discipline will be encouraged in your child.

Overall, the Montessori philosophy is centered on the idea that education should be child-centered. Children should be given the freedom and support to learn and grow at their own pace, in a nurturing and supportive environment.

Montessori Schools in Portland


The Portland Montessori School


The Portland Montessori School has been around for 60 years. It’s the longest running Montessori Program in the Pacific Northwest.

This is a relatively small school with 130 students across all grades.

They serve kids starting at 2.5 years old all the way through 6th grade.

Extended care is available as well as Summer camps.

Applications are made online and a member of staff will contact your family to discuss details.

Tuition at the elementary level is $14500 per year. Tuition assistance is available.

Franciscan Montessori Earth School


Another great option of Montessori schools in Portland, the Franciscan Montessori School serves students from 30 months to 8th grade.

This school is set on 10 acres of land, giving your little ones plenty of space to explore nature.

Aftercare is available until 6 PM.

Kids can participate in special programs like Foreign Language, Gardening and Earth Experience ( camping trips twice a year).

To apply, submit an inquiry online, visit the campus and schedule a meet and greet.

Tuition at elementary level is $11760/year

West Hills Montessori School


The West Hills Montessori school has campuses in Lake Oswego and SW Portland. The school focuses on ages 15 months to 12 years.

As with all Montessori schools classrooms are mixed age with an open-ended curriculum. Students are given freedom within limits to foster independence.

To apply, submit your application form and fee.

Tuition is $14345 per year for elementary levels.



This beautiful school is located in 6 woodland acres. Kids have access to hiking trails and wildlife here.

I actually visited this school a couple of years ago and I can say I was so impressed by it.

MSB serves students 3 to 12 years of age.

To apply fill out an interest form and the school will contact you. They also offer open days when you can go and see the school in person.

Elementary grade tuition is $14720/year.


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