By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The Portland Montessori School, 4911 N.E. Couch St., has expanded its primary grade program from five to six classrooms and has hired Allison Russell as the new early childhood teacher/guide. The school’s elementary program will add a classroom for grades 1 through 3 in September, said Mary Hicks, executive director and head of the school.
The school, which now educates more than 150 students, will have an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 8, which will include information about the expansion, made possible because the school acquired an additional 7,000 square feet last year.
The school offers a three-year early childhood program, called “Children’s House,” for children 2 1/2 to 6 years old. They may complete kindergarten in the program then go on to first grade.
Each classroom community includes a range of ages. Children work independently and also in small groups. This provides them an opportunity to develop compassion, leadership skills and an attitude of service as they grow and learn, Hicks said.
The school, founded in 1962 as Providence Montessori School, was the first of its kind in the Pacific Northwest. The staff members are certified by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)