Montessori at Childpeace
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.
Metro Montessori is now fully Accredited for Grades 7-8 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
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 the community.
- The adult to child ratio in the Toddler Community (14 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 enrollment is approximately 45 students with a student:teacher ratio of 8:1. We currently serve grades 7 and 8.
Montessori Guide Qualifications
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.
Childpeace is run by a Head of School, James Moudry, 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.