Who We Are

Whole Child Montessori Center is dedicated to providing an exceptional Montessori environment encompassing children, parents and teachers alike in an atmosphere of acceptance and trust, with a profound reverence for life, in order to inspire in each child’s innermost core a love of learning, self, others and the world.

  • Registration and Affiliation

    Whole Child is a recognized Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) school. The school is recorded with the state of Oregon and affiliated with the Oregon Montessori Association (OMA), the North American Montessori Teachers Association (NAMTA) and the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools (OFIS). Whole Child has no religious affiliation and does not discriminate on the basis of race, national or ethnic origin or religion. Learn more about our Montessori program ›

  • Our Staff

    The Montessori teacher is the vital link between the child and the environment. Whether she is helping a child to initiate a familiar activity or giving a lesson in how to use a new material, the Montessori teacher always strives to recognize and respect the developmental progression and unique potential in each child. Her training enables her to observe in a careful and unobtrusive way, allowing her to guide each child in the activity best suited to that individual at that moment. In addition to bachelor’s degrees, our Montessori teachers hold diplomas from the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI). AMI offers a rigorous graduate course in child development, Montessori philosophy and curriculum and is recognized internationally for maintaining the highest standards, philosophical integrity and professional training. Whole Child has very little teacher attrition and benefits greatly from highly experienced staff.

  • History

    Whole Child began in the home of a Montessori-trained teacher and mother in 1983. Word of this little classroom with happily engaged children spread quickly, and soon the group doubled in size. One year later, the school moved out of the home and into classroom space at a local church. The parents of these children became a close community of friends united in their desire to be active parents wholly involved in their young children’s lives. They also shared a keen interest in learning more about Montessori and how to incorporate this approach at home. Their support and enthusiasm for the program provided the impetus for its growth.

  • In 1987, a second class was started. The dream for building a space specially designed for young children became a reality in 1989 when the school broke ground at its present location. In 1992, Whole Child took the important step of incorporating as a non-profit, 501(c)3 charitable organization to ensure the school’s perpetuity and hold it in trust for future generations of children. In keeping with its vision for the future, the school undertook re-designing its space in 2004 to add a Community Room, ADA accessibility and other amenities. Since its inception more than thirty years ago as the first Montessori program in inner-southeast Portland, Whole Child has maintained its commitment to strong parent and community involvement while providing a holistic Montessori education to hundreds of children.

Visit our Montessori preschool and kindergarten program.