I have had many opportunities to grow both professionally and personally as a staff member at LCMCS. The school not only provides a loving, safe place for students and families but also has a welcoming, tight-knit community of teachers and staff members. LCMCS has been a great non-profit organization to work for!
As a mother, there are few things more important to me than the quality of my child's education and knowing that he is cared for and nurtured while he is at school and in someone's care other than my own. When I say "education," I mean more than academics (although academics are certainly important). I want an environment that nurtures the whole child and helps to shape children who are kind, respectful, self-reliant, and community-oriented citizens of the world. I want to know that when my son goes to school in the morning, he is looking forward to the day ahead, not dreading it, and that when he comes home, he will enjoy telling me all about the book he read that day or the seed he planted or his after-school yoga class... LCMCS inspires all of these qualities in children and so much more. I feel incredibly blessed that my son is able to attend such a wonderful school, run by extraordinary staff and teachers who genuinely care about the whole-person development of each individual student.
The best part of this school is how caring and warm the staff are and therefore the children are warm and caring. My children thrive in this school and we are impressed with it everyday and grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of this community.
Lewis and Clark Montessori is the most impressive school I've had any experience with. Some of the things that stand out to me are: They use the real Montessori Method. They teach not only good education but how to be good citizens. The children there are so polite! The lunches are locally sourced and very nutritious--I have very high standards and I can feel good about what my child eats there. They have programs that serve the community. They have meaningful fields trips. There is a great sense of community in the school.
I have two children who are current and past students of LCMCS. My daughter is a freshman in high school this year and I feel like the school has more than prepared her academically and socially for this transition to public high school.
My other daughter has been attending LCMCS since preschool and is currently in 4th grade. We love how her learning experience has been tailored to her specific strengths and weaknesses. We love the staff and feel like they are family.
My grandchildren attend Lewis & Clark, and I can't imagine a more worthy organization for anyone's donation to education. The staff clearly love their work - and big work it is! - and the whole school hums with the joy of learning and being together. This is how a learning community should function, and, as a retired professional educator, I have rarely seen this level of care and attention to the important things in life. I actually love giving to their annual fund because I can see how well utilized all donations are.
Lewis and Clark provides an authentic Montessori experience in Damascus, Oregon. Both of my children have attended since Kindergarten. They have both benefited greatly from being in a Montessori environment. I am very thankful this public option is available for my children.
On the edge of the 'Silicon Forest,' surrounded by spectacular Pacific Northwest mountains, sits this one of a kind educational institution. Guided by visionary leadership, in partnership with a highly educated and seasoned staff and inspired students and parents, LCMCS creates a world-class Montessori experience.
Students are surrounded by and immersed in commitments to organic food and lunches; organic farming and local distribution, including participating in the local Farmers' Market; the environment; community engagement; a global perspective; student diversity; economic diversity; outdoor, music, and foreign language education; and enriching after school care and extra curricular activities. These commitments are forged from the principles of social entrepreneurship and innovation to generate broad positive returns for society.
All of these elements together converge into 'lightning in a bottle' to create a truly unique and holistic education that represents an ongoing evolution of the Montessori philosophy. With the rise of the information economy and globalization, the LCMCS experience is the education of the future. Countries with top-ranked education systems, like Finland, have taken notice and are incorporating many Montessori principles into their school curriculums.
Lewis & Clark Montessori Public Charter School is both an inspiring and highly effective educational institution. It offers a rare combination of an authentic and heartfelt nonprofit mission with passionate staff, students, parents, and volunteers who conscientiously make it happen. This organization is also committed to offering an elite montessori education to multiple demographics at no cost. The school programs such as the organic school lunch options and the student farm and Damascus farmers market are innovative and set an example. This is an institution that is giving back to the present and future. Please consider supporting them today.
Review from Guidestar
My sons attend this school and receive what I believe to be the absolute best in individualized attention and education for their unique needs.