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Welcome To Salem Montessori School

Salem Montessori School (SMS) established in 1974 is a small private school (maximum enrollment of 25) for preschool and kindergarten children 2 1/2 to 5 years of age, committed to the principles and philosophies of the Montessori method as interpreted by the Association Montessori Internationale (A.M.I.). The goals of the Salem Montessori School are to maintain the highest educational standards, and to provide a peaceful and harmonious environment in which children may grow and learn at their own pace.

Salem Montessori School is licensed by the Oregon Child Care Division. The school is not affiliated with any religious or political organization. Registration is open to all without regard to race, religion, color or creed.

The school is located on a 1/3 of an acre with off road parking in North East Salem approximately 1.7 miles NE of the Oregon State Capitol Building (See the map on “contact us” tab). It is also less than a block away from Oregon State Fair Grounds.

We follow the traditional school year calendar which is from September to mid June. SMS offers a full day and morning only (AM) programs. Summer school will be available only for students enrolled in the traditional school year and their eligible siblings.

Commitment and expectations from parents:

The Salem Montessori School, of course, hopes that all the parents of our children are involved in understanding the depth and scope of their children's work. We expect to work closely with our parents. The strength of a private Montessori program depends on the commitment of the parents to continuing the quality of their children's education.


The purpose of our school is to meet community needs in the Salem area. We are a family-oriented school, responsive to the interests and concerns of parents who wish a quality education for their preschool children.


The Salem Montessori School offers coverage of basic language, math, reading and writing skills. Simultaneously studied are the areas of botany, zoology, cultural history, geography, art and music appreciation. Play times emphasize large muscle development, skill building and socialization.


We encourage observation at any time by appointment and request adherence to the "observation guidelines " which define the respect with which we approach our children's work.

Upcoming events:

December 18: Christmas program.

December 21 - January 1, 2016: Christmas vacation.