Desert Sky Montessori Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is Montessori Education?
Montessori education is based on the premise that children have an innate desire to learn. Therefore, we as educators need not “teach” children, but instead offer opportunities to learn and support them in their exploration.
How is Montessori education different from traditional public school?
Montessori classrooms have these unique features:

  • Mixed age classrooms (for instance 1st-3rd grade in one class)
  • Hands on, self correcting materials
  • Freedom of choice within the prepared environment
  • Children set their own pace of learning
  • Practical life skills are encouraged
What grade levels does Desert Sky Montessori serve?
We serve Kindergarten through 3rd grade for the 2017-18 school year. We will add an upper elementary class for the 2018-19 school year so that our students can remain with us through 8th grade.
Where is the school located?
We are located at: 150 NE Bend River Mall, Suite 260, Bend OR 97703.

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How big will the school be?
We will begin with 110 students for our inaugural 2017-2018 school year and add approximately one new class of 30 students each year.
How can I get my child into your school?
The first step is to fill out an application form after which you’ll be contacted by our Head of School, Jodie Borgia to confirm your spot or wait list status. Enrollment for the next school year will be decided by a lottery that opens in February and is drawn in April.
Are there any before or after school options?
Yes! For students who are enrolled in our school, we have a Before and After School Enrichment Club. Before School Enrichment Club runs from 7:30AM – 8:30AM. After School Club runs from 3:30PM – 6:00PM and 2:00PM – 6:00PM on Wednesdays. There is an option for Wednesday-only After School Club for Early Release Wednesdays. Please contact our staff for more information and to sign up: 541.350.2090.
How can I help?
There are lots of tasks that need to be done! Please use our contact form to show your interest and share your expertise. One of our Board of Directors members will contact you asap.
Are there any Desert Sky online reviews?
Yes! If you would like to hear from other parents about Desert Sky Montessori, please see our reviews on Facebook & Google.

Do you and your kids love Desert Sky Montessori? Please review us on Facebook & Google!

And, if you are experiencing any issues at the school, please contact our Staff at 541.350.2090; we are here to help.

Our family could use some assistance. Does Desert Sky Montessori have a FAN Advocate?
Yes! If you need any help with food, housing, clothing, medical, dental or vision please contact our FAN (Family Access Network) advocate, Raquel Hernandez at 541-355-7471.