Montessori at Childpeace

Is Childpeace Montessori School certified or accredited?

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.

What is the average 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 a community.

  • The adult-to-child ratio in the Toddler Community (15 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 we currently have approx. 30 students with 4 full-time teachers.

What are the qualifications of Montessori Guides?

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.

Who administers the school?

Childpeace is run by a Head of School, Sue Pritzker, 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.

What are the tuition rates?

Our tuition rates are comparable to many private educational institutions in the Portland area. We survey similar programs to help us to determine our tuition. Please refer to the Tuition page for more information. To help keep tuition costs affordable to more families, Childpeace families and staff work to raise about 5 - 10% of our general operating expenses through fundraising efforts. 

Are scholarships available?

Yes, we do offer scholarships. Our goal is to offer as generous a scholarship program as possible so that families can benefit from a private Montessori education. Childpeace recognizes that a diverse student body helps prepare young people to live in an increasingly multicultural society. We welcome a broad diversity of backgrounds, values and viewpoints as an integral part of a stimulating intellectual and cultural learning environment.