Our graduates leave Childpeace with the skills needed to fully participate in the world as willing and able contributors and self-motivated lifelong learners. Our program not only fosters intellectual development, but also social and emotional development. This focus on the whole child, leads to graduates who have the following attributes.
Attributes of a Childpeace Graduate
They are happy to talk about the gifts their education has given them. Self-confidence, resourcefulness, enduring relationships, constructive work habits - lessons that never stop shaping who they are and who they hope to be.
Montessori graduates have grown up in a nurturing environment that lets them be themselves and encourages self-motivation, independent thinking, and perseverance.
Their enthusiasm, civility, and respect for others are contagious. Much of their education has been built on social skills like getting along with and learning from all kinds of people; collaborating to resolve conflicts; and approaching life with open minds and open hearts.
A Montessori education fosters responsibility, cooperation, compassion, and ethical behavior as well as stewardship of one’s community, the environment, and the world.
Taught how to learn and how to love learning, the result is they carry their natural childlike curiosity in their future academic experiences and into adulthood.
I learned how to be myself. I learned who I am, how I learn, and how I work. That is something that no amount of teaching can give you. That is something that needs to be discovered by each and every individual, before that individual can thrive. As I move on to the next chapter of my life, I will never forget the sense of community we have here. Alum
The Montessori Guide
At the heart of the Montessori classroom is the teacher - the guide. Childpeace Montessori teachers are referred to as guides because they are experts at assisting children to find their own strengths and their own capabilities through the use of practical, self-correcting materials.
The Prepared Environment
Montessori classrooms provide a prepared environment where children are free to respond to their natural tendency to work. The prepared environment offers the essential elements for optimal development. The key components comprise the children, guide and physical surroundings including the specifically designed Montessori educational materials.
AMI Member School
The Association Montessori Internationale/USA (AMI/USA) recognizes Childpeace as an AMI-USA member school.
Childpeace is the only AMI/USA recognized school in the area to offer toddler, primary and elementary programs in one location. While any school can call themselves a Montessori school, AMI is a century-old international organization committed to the standards set forth by its founder, Dr. Maria Montessori.
"Montessori is the best method of schooling for children to joyfully and effectively learn independence, responsibility, self-discipline, leadership, initiative, strong academics and a lifetime love of learning." Trevor Eissler, Author and Montessori Advocate
AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) is the international organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori.
- Childpeace is recognized through the AMI School Recognition Program.
- Our school is also a member of the Federation of Oregon Independent Schools and is a state recognized private school.
- Our middle school is Accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Class Size and Composition
Montessori classrooms are designed for a three year age mix to allow for both individual and social development. The more experienced children share what they have learned with those new to the group. Each child's unique personality is encouraged, and each child is respected as an important member of the community.
Montessori Guide Qualifications
Certified Children's House and Elementary Montessori Guides must hold a Bachelor's Degree prior to entering a one-year Montessori training program. Upon completion of the appropriate Montessori training program, Guides are certified to teach at infant/toddler (2 to 36 months), primary (3 to 6 years), or elementary (6 to 12 years) level.
All Childpeace Guides are fully trained and certified through the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). Many of our Guides also hold Masters degrees in education. Our middle school teachers have completed the NAMTA Orientation to Adolescence.
Childpeace is run by a Head of School who is responsible for the program at all age levels. The Board of Trustees is responsible for the long-range planning and financial well-being of the school. The Board, composed of Childpeace parents, community members and Montessori professionals, bringing experience in education, business, legal and board matters and Montessori teaching.