Discover Montessori

Before you watch this video, ask yourself whether you believe a 3.5 year old is capable of fully setting a table for 10 of her fellow students…by herself. Yes? No? Watch to find out.

Given the right environment and trained guidance, all children are capable of this and more.

This is a daily occurrence in over 5000 Montessori classrooms across the United States and many more throughout the world. Right now in Oregon, there are over 15o Montessori programs that offer a space for children to discover what they are truly capable of. These serve children from infancy to adolescence, providing appropriate and expertly tailored environments and materials, suited to each age.

Montessori isn’t religiously affiliated, it’s not just for “rich kids” or “smart kids”, children don’t just get to do whatever they want all day long, but they are also not told exactly what to do and how to do it each and every moment. The Montessori environment offers near limitless opportunities for socialization, exploration of interests, and expansion of each child’s abilities.

If the video above was at all surprising to you, we invite you to watch more like it here. Additionally, if you are further inspired, Montessori schools always welcome and encourage observers, so, use this link to find a Montessori school near you and schedule a time to observe children in their natural environment, and discover what they are truly capable of.

Please feel free to contact us by email at oma@oregonmontessori.org.

Types of Montessori in Oregon:

-Are there any Montessori public or free programs in Oregon?

Yes, but the demand from parents is higher than what is currently offered. There are two public primary programs in Portland (PPS) and Gresham (Reynolds SD), and five public charter Montessori schools across the state:

Lewis and Clark Montessori (Damascus)
The Ivy School (Portland)
Ridgeline Montessori (Eugene)
Desert Sky Montessori (Bend)
Community Roots (Silverton)

The majority of Montessori programs in Oregon are independent and non-profit. Some are small, home-based pre-schools, others encompass entire city blocks and offer toddler, primary, elementary and adolescent programs.

Scientific Basis for the Montessori Method:

-Are there any scientific studies that support the Montessori approach to education?

Yes, Scientific research confirms that Montessori children have an advantage not only academically, but also in social and emotional development. Here, are just a few links to studies that have shown this (link for more):

“Outcomes for Students in a Montessori Program: A Longitudinal Study of the Experience in the Milwaukee Public Schools”(AMI/USA May, 2003). 

This longitudinal study of Milwaukee high school graduates showed that students who had attended Montessori preschool and elementary programs significantly outperformed a peer control group on math/science scores. “In essence,” the study found, “attending a Montessori program from the approximate ages of three to 11 predicts significantly higher mathematics and science standardized test scores in high school.

“Evaluating Montessori Education,” Science 131: 1893-94 (Sept. 29, 2006).

Researchers compared Montessori students with students in other school programs, and found that 5-year-old children who completed the three-year cycle in the Montessori preschool program scored higher on both academic and behavioral tests than the control group.   The study also found that 12-year-old Montessori students wrote more sophisticated and creative stories and showed a more highly developed sense of community and social skills than students in other programs. 

East Dallas Community Schools: Montessori Outcomes

East Dallas Community Schools operates two inner-city Montessori schools that serve an ethnically and culturally diverse group of primarily low-income families. In over 30 years of using the Montessori approach to education, EDCS has proved that all children, regardless of race or income, can succeed in school when you start young and involve parents.   In a neighborhood in which the high school dropout rate is over 50%, children who attend EDCS have graduated from high school at a rate of 94%, with 88% of those graduates attending college. A ten-year study of standardized test scores found that third grade students’ average scores were in the top 36% nationwide in reading and math. Even though many of these children start school without speaking any English, 100% of the children test as fluent in English by the end of the third grade.