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Franciscan Montessori Earth School
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The Franciscan Montessori Earth School/Saint Francis Academy has been on the leading edge of private Montessori education in Portland for more than 35 years. We are the only accredited pre-K through 8th grade Catholic Montessori school in the Western United States. We serve children ages 2 through 14 on our 10 acre campus in SE Portland. Our Montessori curriculum is individualized, multi-aged and emphasizes ecology, the study of the interconnectedness of all living things. Our established gardens and close proximity to wilderness enhance our outdoor and environmental programs which include overnight camping trips for elementary and middle school students. We also offer a full complement of programs including before and after school childcare, nutrition, athletics, religion, art and music. Please explore our website to learn more.
The Franciscan Montessori Earth School has been on the leading edge of Montessori education since 1977. We are the only accredited pre-K through grade 8 Catholic Montessori school in the nation. We serve children ages 2 to 14 from the greater Portland-Vancouver area.
The Earth School's Montessori curriculum is individualized, multi-aged and thoughtfully guided to match each student’s needs. The staff respects each student's learning style and academic, spiritual, emotional and physical needs. We know we are successful when we see a confident student, ready to explore, creatively problem solve and express concern for others.
The Earth School is operated by the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist www.fsecommunity.org . Our integrated curriculum spans the formative years and is based on the academic and experiential learning process developed by Dr. Maria Montessori and on the spirituality of St. Francis. Here, with gradually increasing independence, children learn to care for and respect themselves, others, and the Earth. Our students are guided to learn about their world, first in their own classroom gardens and eventually through overnight Earth Experience trips and even foreign exchange programs.
- Rachel Arnold
- (503) 760-8220
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