What is Montessori

Montessori education is designed to help children with their task of inner construction as they grow from childhood to maturity. It succeeds because it draws its principles from the natural development of the child. The inherent flexibility allows the method to adapt to the needs of the individual, regardless of the level of ability, learning style or social maturity.

 

Children's House Students in the Classroom

 

"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

The Montessori Approach

The Montessori approach offers a broad vision of education as an aid to life. Its flexibility provides a matrix within which each individual child's inner directives freely guide the child toward wholesome growth.

"I have studied the child. I have taken what the child has given me and expressed it and that is what is called the Montessori method."

- Dr. Maria Montessori

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.

 

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.

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Association Montessori Internationale/USA Recognition

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.

 

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Accreditation

AMI (Association Montessori Internationale) is the international organization founded by Dr. Maria Montessori in 1927. Childpeace is recognized through the AMI School Recognition Program and is visited by an AMI consultant every three years. Childpeace is also a member of Oregon Independent Schools and is a state recognized private school.

Our middle school is now fully Accredited for Grades 7-8 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

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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.

  • The adult to child ratio in the Toddler Community (14 to 36 months) is one to four, with a total of 20 children enrolled in the program.
  • The average size of our Children's House (3 to 6 years) classrooms is 25 children with two adults (a Montessori Guide and an Assistant) and a designated support staff person.
  • The Elementary classrooms are also arranged as mixed age groups (6 to 9 years and 9 to 12 years). The classrooms have approximately 30 children and two teachers (a Montessori Guide and an Assistant). 
  • The adolescent program is for students 12 to 15 years and enrollment is approximately 45 students with a student:teacher ratio of 8:1. We currently serve grades 7 and 8.

 

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.

School Administration

Childpeace is run by a Head of School, James Moudry, who is responsible for the program at all age levels. We have a Board of Trustees and Advisors, composed of Childpeace parents, community members and Montessorians, who bring a wealth of professional, business, legal and Montessori teaching and Board experience. 

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the long-range planning and financial soundness of the school.

 

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