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Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Charter Schools, Education, Preschools, Primary & Elementary Schools

Mission: The mission of LCMCS is to foster healthy human development and a life-long love of learning in our community by providing a holistic approach to education.

Results: Using the Montessori Method of education, LCMCS helps students develop independent thought, resourceful problem solving skills, and prepares students to make positive contributions in our society. Critical to these outcomes is the development of the whole child: intellectually, socially, emotionally and physically. Montessori education prepares students for life.

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Tiffany L K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We've had nothing but fantastic experiences from the first day at Lewis and Clark. The classroom experience not only teach children a wide range of skills and information, the guides allow children the freedom to discovery the learning style that fits them best. School was a struggle for our daughter, now she has a much better grasp of the concepts and social skills necessary to be a productive and successful adult. All my children are thriving in the supportive community that embodies Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We feel very fortunate to be a part of this growing and thriving school and community. Starting in a couple of rooms at the end of a hallway in a church only 10 years ago to filling up an entire school now, it’s hard to deny what can be achieved when families and dedicated teachers come together to enrich children in the best possible way.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are lucky to call Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School home now after having a bad experience at another school. In the middle of her third grade year, our daughter came home and told us that she no longer wanted to attend the private school she had been at since Kindergarten. She was unhappy and was not finding fulfillment at her school. At LCMCS, she has found her happiness and has blossomed! The staff, guides, parents, and fellow students have all had a part in helping her to succeed. This school is magnificent. Everyone is there to help one another. The curriculum is challenging and diverse and each student progresses at their level - not their neighbors. I cannot say this loudly enough - we LOVE this school!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have been lucky to call Lewis and Clark Montessori our home for the past 10 years. I have two teenagers, one now in high school and the other in middle school, still at Lewis and Clark. There is no other place I would want them to be. We have a great community, great teachers and administrators. My husband and I truly feel lucky to be part of this thriving community. Every child is well cared for and met exactly where they are and needs are accommodated. They have helped both of my children through difficult times with care and nurturing.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School provides a unique home for children of all different learning styles to grow. As a public charter school, LCMCS faces challenges other Montessori schools may not see, and tackles them with grace and determination. As a Montessori school the children's emotional and social development is valued as much as their academic achievement. The staff is caring and goes above and beyond to make sure kids are learning in a safe environment. I particularly love the healthy school lunch program and the many electives offered!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lewis and Clark Montessori School has been the holistic education that we were seeking for our girls. It has been a place that has given them the freedom to explore their interests while getting an outstanding education! It is a place that fosters creativity, kindness, community and independence. Not only are they getting an incredible education in the traditional sense, but they are developing a love of learning that will stay with them their whole life! I love the student-planned educational outings, the outdoor learning experiences (including outdoor school overnight trips), the reports that are shared by the students dressed as the historical characters they have researched, the inclusion of art in their learnings, the classroom structure of staying in same class with same teacher/children for 3 years, the sense of community at the school and so much more. I love my school community and am so grateful that there is this affordable charter school option that provides the same quality education as a private Montessori school.

Ema A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our children thrive at Lewis and Clark. They're given the freedom to make choices in a controlled, organized environment. The staff is attentive, caring and they understand that every child is a unique human with individual needs. Our children enjoy practicing their math facts and honing their cursive skills just as much as they love spotting and identifying birds, mushrooms, clouds and trees. Our family is very thankful for all the hard work LCMCS puts into the social, emotional and education development of our children.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family is proud to call Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School our “school of choice” for the past 5 years. It has been an incredible experience to see how my kids have grown and matured since they arrived at LCMCS in Kindergarten and 2nd grade.

I believe my children are receiving a world class education from the talented, devoted and incredibly well educated staff that guide their learning on a daily basis. My kids rarely say “Mom, I don’t want to go to school today.” Instead they say “Mom, I don’t want to be late because I don’t want to miss anything.”

What I believe our school excels at even more than sparking young minds with curiosity and igniting imaginations, is teaching them to have compassion, communication skills, empathy, kindness, honor, social justice awareness, vulnerability, patience, and collaboration to become decent human beings in a world that desperately needs them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

My children are thriving at LCMCS...this is our second year and I continue to be amazed at the dedication of the staff and the community feel of the school as a whole. We feel blessed to be a part of this program, whether it be eating delicious local, organic farm food for lunch, watching salmon eggs incubate and hatch to study their life cycle, or watching our children blossom because they are taught to follow their curiosity instead of being taught to a standardized test. We LOVE this place!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is our family's third year to be a member of the Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School family. Our children both started in the primary classroom and our oldest has now been in upper elementary for a little over a year. What we have at LCMCS is such a blessing. A private Montessori education can cost thousands of dollars a year and the quality of education that our children receive here is to the same standards as any of the private Montessori schools. The guides are well-trained and follow the individual's lead. It is such a wonderful experience to observe the classrooms, how busy the children are, how much concentration and care they give the materials, and how they joyfully work alongside with each other, the older students mentoring and teaching the younger ones.

I have also been employed at the school since the beginning of this school year. My job allows me to observe the staff and students. Daily I see how the students care for their environment, how they problem solve together, how they practice grace and courtesy, and so much more.

Since my children are so young I've had less experience with the middle school (MAC) children, but because of my job this year I am able to interact with them more. I am very impressed with the programs that they participate in, like their outreach programs (feeding the senior citizens of our community) and starting a bread-baking business. There are so many lessons learned during activities like these and it's a lot more fun and effective way to learn than sitting at a desk listening to lectures all day.

We love this school and I am thankful everyday for the staff that guide and encourage my children and for the amazing education they are receiving!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have three blessings from Lewis and Clark Montessori.

A child who has graduated 8th grade, with a great work ethic, a respect for education and the ability to communicate with peers and adults.

A child in 6th grade who shows compassion for his peers, a curiosity for knowledge and a passion for reading both for enjoyment and to learn.

A job that I truly enjoy and feel that I am doing something to help children be their best selves.

Lewis and Clark is really the definition of a community and a perfect example of how a caring community can help shape young minds and grow amazing young adults.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lewis and Clark is amazing. As a parent of one graduate and another still attending I’m in awe of how much these children grow and learn. The skills and knowledge taught surpasses anything they would learn in a traditional school. It has been a joy to see the confidence gained as the children learn to navigate their world and find joy in the things they can do themselves.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I feel very honored to be part of Lewis and Clark Montessori Charter School. It Is not just a work place for me, it is also my second home. Everyone is warm and welcoming all the time. The Montessori education is the best in the area with great teachers, administration and curriculum.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to be employed at Lewis & Clark Montessori School for over seven years, holding a variety of positions in office management, head guide in primary class rooms and directing after school programs. In all of the roles I have witnessed the school "walk it's talk" as dedicated administrators and staff members focus on the development of each and every child holistically (3 years old through to 8th grade). The school and staff provide a safe and caring environment; offer special elective programs, exciting sports and after-school programming; farming and serving opportunities.
In addition, the school offers a fabulous, nutritious meal program for the enjoyment of our school community . The school is a vibrant member of the surrounding local communities; providing produce to seniors and has future plans in place for more outreach programs in addition to hosting events like the Annual Art Walk for community members to enjoy! There is so much to give kudos to! In closing, I am so thankful that my two grandsons attend here and are receiving the benefits of holistic development and gaining a love for lifetime learning!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I moved out to Oregon after completing my Montessori training, and was fortunate enough to get a job at LCMCS. I could not ask for a better school, nor community, to work for. Everyone has always been welcoming and helpful in every way they can be. Regardless of if you're on staff, a family enrolled in the school, a volunteer, or even one of the many community members in the Damascus area that work with us - everyone feels like one big team, working towards the same goal.

The school ranges from Primary/Kindergarten and goes all the way through Middle School; with each level excelling in their fields. I have seen many classrooms during my training and it is always a comfort to see ones running well. But the classrooms aren't the only part of this school. Electives and after school clubs blend into the curriculum in a way that helps meet the goal of Cosmic Education, while never taking away from the feeling of unity.

If there's ever anything you would want to know about the school, there's always someone around to greet you with a smile and - unless it's a busy transition time - answer your questions. I could not recommend this place more; be you an adult looking to work here, or a parent wanting a great school for your child.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It is rare to find organizations that pull out all the stops to bring reality to their dreams. I believe wholeheartedly in the dreams this school has, as well as their methods and plans. They are creating a reality I want to be a part of.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

My grandchildren have attended LCMCS for several years. The staff has been very understanding and flexible in accommodating for their unique learning needs. Academic expectations are high and social emotional skills are not ignored. The added experiences of class camping trips, electives, after school activities and community service add to the development of the whole child.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My grandson attends Lewis & Clark Montessori. This is the happiest I have seen him with regard to going to school. He talks all weekend about how excited he is to return on Monday. Every interaction I have had with the teachers and other staff have always been so positive and helpful. I highly recommend that you send your children to this school!

Client Served

Rating: 4

Love this place! Kind, caring staff who aim to teach the whole child not just to achieve high test scores. The middle school program is unique and engaging. Adolescents are treated like contributing members of the community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a parent at Lewis & Clark Montessori for over 7 years. This is also my 6th year as an employee of the school. My son started Montessori at just 2 1/2 year old. I was so amazed at how much a small child could accomplish. As one of the founding parents of Lewis & Clark, I am obviously a huge supporter. My son is now an 8th year in the Montessori Adolescent Corps. I'm confident the skills he has learned here are preparing him for high school, college and beyond. He wants to be a physisist and a pianist. No doubt, he is well on his way!
Mishawn Nelson
Parent
Office Manager

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were drawn to Lewis & Clark Montessori because it was different and we knew that our daughter would be able to get the one-on-one time with her Guides and that its long-term plan was to be K-8.

One of the giddiest days of my life was March of 2011 when I received a call from Lewis & Clark Montessori that our child was selected in the first Lottery Draw for the following school year.

Our child is now a 6th year in Upper Elementary, can navigate so many more things than we were able to do at her age and be a strong, but quiet, Leader among her peers and those younger. She absolutely loves it, is super excited about MAC ("Jr. High") which she will start next year and will be more than ready for the big pond in the Autumn of 2020 when she starts High School.