The mission of Bend Montessori School is to cultivate the human potential in an authentic Montessori program. At our school, students demonstrate a respect and love for themselves, others and the world.
Bend Montessori School is for children ages 3 through 9. Our approach nurtures the human spirit and cultivates in children their natural desire and self-discipline to learn. Our classrooms are specifically designed to meet each child’s learning needs and our encouraging environment gently guides their social development. Located in downtown Bend, our school is close to the public library, Troy Field, and Drake Park. We have outdoor play every day in the Kansas Avenue Learning Garden at the Environmental Center.
Our teachers have specialized knowledge and training in Montessori, early childhood and elementary education, and within their respective disciplines (Science, Music, Art, Movement, and Yoga). They bring a depth of knowledge to the classroom and share their own passion for learning with our students.
Genuine Approach to Montessori
We give hugs! Our classroom sizes are smaller so that we can build close, nurturing relationships with each student. Our staff is deeply committed to creating a quality Montessori experience in Bend and that means we must have meaningful connections with parents, too. Although our learning environments are carefully prepared for the students, we strive to create learning opportunities for adults so that the Montessori approach may become a way of life at home with your children as well.
Kindness and Nurturing
Modeling and sharing kindness with our students is integral to our day-to-day activities. We strive to create a positive community experience for every child, parent, teacher, and friend of our school. We speak with warm hearts, smile often, and give hugs.
Our Peace Curriculum includes activities that focus on self-awareness, community awareness, cultural awareness, and environmental awareness. This curriculum reinforces how special each child is and helps give them a greater understanding of how their bodies, minds, and emotions can be managed so that the pure love or light in their hearts can shine through in all they do.
Small Class Size
Our classes are small; the student to teacher ratio is 9:1. Our ideal class size is 16-18 Primary children and 12-15 Lower Elementary children. This allows us to observe and guide each child intentionally. It also provides us with the time to communicate and involve parents and extended family. It gives us the freedom to take learning outside of the school walls with field trips throughout Central Oregon. In our school, there a busy hum of activity, yet our small classes also support our profound respect for silence.
Connect with Parents, Grandparents, and Family
Parents, grandparents, and extended family are immensely important to children. Knowing this, we strive to weave the involvement of our students’ families into our curriculum. We are fortunate to work with diverse and talented families and we often connect to enrich our programs.
Teaching students to collaborate with people and places beyond our school is an essential element of our curriculum. We take field trips to see how things are made and to learn how things work. These field trips help our students gain an understanding of how they can participate as engaged citizens now and in the future. We also invite community members into to our school as guest instructors and presenters. This supports a broader understanding of the community in which we live.
Bend’s Original Montessori Program
Bend Montessori School has been part of our community since the mid-1980s. First known as Hands On Montessori, our school is the original Montessori program in Bend. Then, the curriculum was supplemented with Yamaha music and Spanish programs and quickly garnered a following of forward thinking parents. In 1999, the school was established as Bend Montessori School.
Bringing Two Schools Together
Seeing a gap between Bend’s early childhood programs based in Montessori and traditional public schools, Miss Jessica and Miss Louise created Sunnyside Montessori, a Lower Elementary Montessori program, in 2012. We wanted to create an option for the children who had been through Montessori preschool to continue their self-directed learning, to stay ignited about the learning process. When Bend Montessori approached Sunnyside about bringing the two schools together, it made perfect sense. So, in 2013, the schools merged and became the Bend Montessori Primary through Lower Elementary Program we have today.