Franciscan Montessori Earth School

14750 Se Clinton Street
Portland, OR 97236-0972
Tel: (503)760-8220
Grades: PK-8 | 312 students
Peace Day at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy featured 2000 pinwheels
Peace Day at the Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy featured 2000 pinwheels
The Franciscan Montessori Earth School/St. Francis Academy provides students from early childhood through young adolescence the tools to acquire individual fulfillment, academic excellence, moral and spiritual development, confidence and independence for lifelong learning.
Through the academic and experiential learning process developed by Maria Montessori, and influenced by the spirituality of St. Francis, students learn to care for and respect themselves, others, and the earth.

School Overview

School Type Montessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Association Montessori Internationale (AMI)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference Programs Yes
Year Founded 1977

Student Body

Total Students 312 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade Franciscan Montessori Earth School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 21:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 25 students
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $7,545
Tuition Notes Tuition varies per level, average is the number above.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant $800
Admissions Director Sister Therese Gutting


Total Sports Offered 6 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Swimming, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Art, Chess, Computer, Dance, Green Team, Languages, Music, Robotics, Scouts, Sports, Yoga, more Art, Chess, Computer, Dance, Green Team, Languages, Music, Robotics, Scouts, Sports, Yoga, more,

School Notes

  • The Franciscan Montessori Earth School / Saint Francis Academy has been on the leading edge of private Montessori education in Portland, OR for more than 35 years. We are the only accredited pre-K through 8th grade Catholic Montessori school in the Western United States. We serve children ages 2 ½ through 15 on our 10 acre campus in SE Portland. Our Montessori curriculum is individualized, multi-aged and emphasizes ecology, which we view as the study of the interconnectedness of all living things. Our established gardens and close proximity to wilderness enhance our outdoor and environmental programs which include overnight camping trips for elementary and middle school students. We also offer a full complement of programs including before and after school childcare, nutrition, athletics, religion, art and music.

Profile last updated: 10/28/2014

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5.0 Stars   05/01/12
Awesome educational experience for my children focussing on whole body learning -- gardening program, earth experience, camping trips, science fair, drama, all that in additional to basic curriculum. My children learned so much in a respectful way what honors the individuality of each one.
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