Harmony Montessori School was just a “twinkle in their eyes” when a small group of parents met with Montessori teacher Jude Foster, in May of 1994.
These “pioneer parents” shared a commitment to help create a new, holistic Montessori school in east Portland for their own children and the many children to come. In just three months, these enthusiastic parents, working closely with Jude, found the site, financing, and children to open in September, 1994. Quite a feat!
Harmony was incorporated as a non-profit school governed by a Board of Trustees from the time of its founding and was granted federal 501(c)(3) status in the spring of 1996.
Since 1994, Harmony has thrived, growing and changing a little each year. In the third year, an all-day Montessori program was established. After five years at the original location, Harmony moved to the Savage Memorial Presbyterian Church and the school grew to two classrooms: the Waterfall Room and the River Room. The third classroom, the Ocean Room, opened in 2008. In 2010, Jude retired from her position at Harmony and with the participation and strong support from our staff, the Board of Trustees hired a new administrator, Kim Greer. Over the years, Harmony has evolved in order to meet the needs of our community, developing an all-day Montessori program which is consistent, flexible, and fully satisfying for our children and families.
In 2013, Harmony acquired a new location on Cherry Blossom Drive and added both an Elementary class as well as a fourth Children’s House class. Now serving children 2.5 through 9 years of age. Through these changes, Harmony Montessori School has remained focused on providing an exceptional Montessori education to all children.
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