The Portland Montessori School is the new name for a school entering its sixth decade with more space for educating children.
Founded in 1962 as Providence Montessori, the newly renamed school has grown by 7,000 square feet in a building at 4911 N.E. Couch St. The expansion was possible because Bridges Middle School moved to another campus, said Mary Hicks, executive director and head of the Montessori school.
“The new space is much airier and open to natural light, which is naturally conducive to learning,” Hicks said.
The primary school program is for children ages 2 1/2 to 7. The elementary children, in grades 1 through 5, have gained a grass playing field of their own and a sports court for basketball and other outside activities, Hicks said. Elementary students have a larger library and access to a small kitchen where they prepare their own daily snack. The kitchen also doubles as a science laboratory, Hicks said.
Parents interested in learning more about the elementary program may attend an open house from 5:30 to 7 p.m. November 21 at the school. Parents may indicate an intention to attend at gro.i1516114910rosse1516114910tnomd1516114910naltr1516114910op@of1516114910ni1516114910. Additional school information is at www.portlandmontessori.org.