Our school was founded by our community. Many years ago, several families came together to create a new educational opportunity for their own children and as well as others in the Gresham area. In the spring of 2006, the founding committee received a federal grant to develop a proposal for a new elementary charter school in the Gresham-Barlow School District incorporating a Montessori curriculum. In the spring of 2008, the District Board voted unanimously for our approval, and our school was born.
Lewis & Clark Montessori opened in fall of 2008 with two younger elementary classrooms and a kindergarten classroom. Now in its tenth year, the school has grown to almost 400 students and includes families from 13 different school districts who live as far away as Mollala, West Linn, SE Portland and Corbett. In the last ten years, the school has grown to include four Younger Elementary classrooms, four Older Elementary classrooms, and a Kindergarten with two tuition-based Oregon CCD-licensed Children’s House classroom for students ages 3-6 years. In June 2012, the District approved a five year charter, including an expansion through the 8th grade. By the fall of 2013, the Lewis & Clark Montessori Adolescent Corps (MAC) opened to middle school students.
Now the largest Montessori school in Oregon, our goal is to continue to develop as a high-quality, authentic Montessori public school choice for our area. The school is led by an AMI Montessori-trained administrator, the teachers are all Montessori-trained and Oregon licensed or Charter School Registered, and most have Master’s degrees. Our staff has a combined total experience of over 100 years in Montessori education. The school continues to make partnerships with other like-minded non-profits and government agencies to provide the best for our students as well as in serving our community.