Sunstone Montessori School is the anchor tenant and neighborhood school for Southwest Portland. Near the Willamette River, South Waterfront and embracing a variety of individual residential neighborhoods, Sunstone offers Toddler to Grade 6 Montessori education.
Watching my 9 year old grow under their leadership has been astonishing. Whether it is dealing with an issue with other classmates, or learning about the environment, animals, math or whatever interests him, it has been a joy to watch him grow to LOVE LEARNING. That carries over into everyday life and it makes him a joy to be around. I credit the staff and the way the school is run. This is the way young education should be.
Sunstone Montessori offers a wonderful and authentic Montessori environment.We just finished our first year here with our daughter in the elementary program and we have been more then pleased with our experience. The teachers are professional, welcoming and warm and our daughter felt right at home here after graduating from her Montessori kindergarden experience. Their new location in the John's landing area is also really sweet with gardens, a playground and a big field for the kids to run around.
Newly arrived in Portland in 2011, we discovered Sunstone Montessori and from the minute we walked through the door, felt welcomed. The Children's House and Elementary campuses joined together last year at the new John's Landing location and watching the "little" ones with the "big" ones, in this great community, underscores Montessori's philosophy and commitment to the role children play in educating and supporting each other. My daughter went from being the oldest in her class in Children's House, to the youngest in her Elementary class, and has learned as much about the different roles she gets to play in life as she has about language, math, science and other topics covered by the curriculum. As a parent, I believe our role is to raise confident, independent and inquisitive children. My experience at Sunstone Montessori has been that the staff and administration put this philosophy into practice every day.
Our son has attended Sunstone Montessori for 5 years and in large part we are pleased with the education has received. We have been fairly involved on a volunteer basis with the school and as such have had the opportunity to work with most of the staff in one way or another. We have found them to be dedicated and caring, educators committed to individual growth and the establishment of an educational community based on the Montessori model. For some families, particularly those who have experience with a more mainstream pedagogical educational model, this school takes a leap of faith. Students educational and intellectual advancement are predicated by their individual developmental readiness, as opposed to a predetermined general timeline applied to specific grade levels. This means that at times the students are working above their public school peers, and at times behind. We have watched our son thrive in this supportive system. Our observation has been that this school is excellent, and while though not for everyone, accomplishes our desire for a nurturing, individually focused educational environment for our son.
Sunstone provides a top quality education far beyond my highest expectations. The teachers are caring and passionate and they know my children. They know all of the children because they care. The Montessori curriculum allows for each child to grow at their own pace and explore and the children are truly happy because they are truly engaged and discovering on their own and learning how to learn. They are truly excited about school and their curiosity about life is nurtured and stimulated. The children at Sunstone are truly learning and not just regurgitating. And the children don't just learn academics, they develop emotionally and socially. They learn what it is to be a part of a community and how to contribute for the greater good. They learn how to be independent, productive, confident, kind, peaceful, problem-solving, curious, joyous members of society. Sunstone helps create a peaceful future by instilling in our children the values of a truly peaceful world.
Sunstone Montessori School truly fosters children's intellectual creativity. Students are encouraged to pursue their own interests and are given the tools to do so. Sunstone students know how to think critically, problem solve, collaborate with others in their community, and have a deep understanding of what it means to live sustainably. I cannot recommend this program highly enough.
My daughter has attended this school for 6 years and we have been thrilled with her experience. She has learned how to be curious, to ask questions and to find many different avenues to answer her questions. She has navigated the social waters safely and with appropriate guidance. In all of her experiences-academic, social, emotional and physical she has not only had opportunities to succeed but also to fail, safely and in a manner that she has learned. I LOVE this school and the people who work there as well as all the families.
Sunstone Montessori School offers an education wherein the children actually learn how to learn. Learning becomes a process of engagement and discovery fueled by the child's curiosity. Sunstone Montessori is the highest quality of education in Portland, Or. The staff is excellent, trained, passionate, committed. The community is strong, friendly, intelligent, kind, caring. I have two daughters, both of whom started at age 3 in the Children's House and both of whom are now in the Elementary program. My daughters's joyful spirits and love of life, curiosity and wonder have been fully supported and enhanced by their education at Sunstone Montessori. They LOVE going to school each day. They are maintaining their curiosity of the world and joy for life while they engage life with hands on experience and learn how to find, for themselves, the answers they seek. They also learn how to respect the community at large, how to respect others emotionally and physically, how to offer help to others, how to contribute peacefully for the betterment of the group or for the betterment of another human being. I highly recommend Sunstone Montessori School. It is an incredible place!
I am a parent of a former Sunstone student, who is definitely better for having been at the school for 3 years. He now is curious child who questions the why behind instructions, not just blindly follows. The parent education offerings along the way helped me become a better parent--more patient and honoring of his intentions, not just wanting him to conform to a traditional rote-memorization model of education. I would recommend Sunstone to anyone wanting quality education with thoughtful and caring teachers.
At Sunstone Montessori School we have been offering joyful, high-quality, educationally sound Montessori education at our beautiful Multnomah Village campus since 1995. Each classroom is a spacious cottage featuring outdoor extension areas and a large community garden. The perimeter of our property is secured with a coded, locked gate and an intercom system. We share the neighborhood park/playground behind the Multnomah Art Center, and employ their covered basketball court when the weather is inclement. We have stellar teachers who are loving, dedicated, and highly trained, and have been at Sunstone for 11, 7, and 4 years respectively. They love children and support families as professionals who hold masters degrees in Early Childhood Education. As Montessorians, we offer education for peace-, empowering children to use their emotional intelligence to resolve conflict compassionately and effectively. We have something special going on in our community of learners, but don t take our word for it! Visit our website, call us for a tour, or drop by when we have an Open House (or when we host a booth for Multnomah Days or the community Halloween parade).
We had an awful experience here. This place is the pits. We observed a experienced teacher when given the chance to tour the school and were told our child would have such a teacher for her first year. Instead, an inexperienced daycare worker was hired at the last minute and put in charge of a classroom with well over 20 students. She was unable to identify any of our child's academic abilities and challenges - literally knew NOTHING specific about her academic level after nearly 4 months, was rude and completely unwelcoming. The student culture was not well directed, and bullying permitted and passively dealt with at best. The administration offered no solutions or flexibility to what was obviously a poorly supervised classroom, and seemed mainly preoccupied with money and their tuition insurance program and not at all with the development or safety or care of our child. Safety is a joke -the electronic gates seldom worked, the play areas were all in terrible repair and the playground not enclosed or in any way protected from street traffic. The safety of kids at this school seems to be in large part up to chance.
My children have attended Sunstone through it's transitions and not been in the least affected by the administration shifts. What is important to our family is that the teachers (called guides) are following the AMI model prescribed by the brilliant Maria Montessori 100 years ago. My children are completely respected as human beings. They feel safe, honored and loved at Sunstone. AND, they are getting the best thing they can out of elementary education - a passion for learning. We love Sunstone.
Sunstone is a wonderful school with an amazingly committed staff and community. I have had two children attend and they both had fabulous experiences.
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