Franciscan Montessori Earth School

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At FMES, our mission is to provide students the skills to acquire individual fulfillment, academic excellence, moral and spiritual development, confidence and independence for lifelong learning.

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  • Our student body is over 300 strong
  • Children range in age from 2 1/2 to 14 years
  • Students are arranged in 4 levels: Children's House (ages 2 1/2 - 6), Lower Elementary (ages 6-9), Upper Elementary (ages 9-12) and St. Francis Academy (ages 12-15)
  • Students and their families form a diverse and vibrant school community


  • Classroom guides are AMI (Association Montessori International) certified
  • Excellent student to teacher ratio
  • Each classroom is staffed with a full-time assistant
  • Individual teachers dedicated to garden education, foreign language, PE and computer technology.


  • A Montessori curriculum emphasizing independence, freedom within limits and guided thoughtfully to match each student's developmental needs
  • Academics are enriched with programs in gardening, foreign language, PE, and computer technology
  • Experiential learning activities compliment classroom academics with field trips, cultural activities and biannual Earth Experiences
  • Accredited by the NWAIS (Northwest Association of Independent Schools)

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Before and After Care
Our before and after-school program, the Montessori Aspect (MA), is an environment prepared and developed upon the principle of respect for the student's capacities and developing self-direction. Open 7am school days, available til 6pm. Holiday care available.

Come join the summer adventure! Looking for outdoor exploration, science/technology, fitness or art this summer? Franciscan Montessori Earth School / St. Francis Academy offers eight weeks of Camp FMES, a variety of summer camps for ages 2.5 to 15. Childcare (Montessori Aspect) is also available during these weeks before and after camps.


I was a student from Children's House until the 11th grade. Shannon Pannell was my teacher for many of those years and provided me with a wonderful education. Thank you FMES! Matthew Micetic

I attended the Franciscan Montessori Earth School and St. Francis Academy from Children's House to the 10th grade. I would define it as the most important and valuable learning experience of my life. The philosophy creates and nourishes a never-ending hunger to learn and adapt. I have zero hesitation recommending the Franciscan Montessori Earth School. Anton Grohs

From my first interview with Mother Francine I knew the Franciscan Montessori Earth School was the learning experience I wanted for my children. Little did I guess this would become a family of shared commitment to learning, to respect for all life, and a pattern of thinking. For my children, I appreciated the integrated learning - not just academics but life skills--cooking, cleaning, camping, gardening, living together, working together; and I also appreciated the spiritual component that wove through all. For myself, I also gained skills I would learn for parenting my children to be independent, competent adults and socially to learn to be respectful even amid conflicting ideas and mores; to speak publicly, and to stand true to my ideals. I'm forever grateful for our Earth School experience - our family has been blessed by it. Michele Horton

As a child, I felt known and valued by the teachers and staff at the Earth School; that combined with the Montessori Method helped foster in me a love of learning. In addition, my time at the Earth School set me up for success as an adult by helping me develop practical life skills such as having a long attention span for full completion of projects, an appreciation for the world and people around me, a desire and ability to keep learning new things as well as the requisite study skills that were invaluable in college. Kelly Kessler

I know that my years in Montessori shaped me in countless ways. Two major skills that have helped me in all aspects of my life are a mastery of time management and a can-do (or can-learn) attitude. I'm able to focus on a task, work through it and complete it before moving on to the next one. If I don't know how to complete the task, I know to ask for help. I have had these skills for as long as I can remember, thanks to my parents choosing FMES. Kate Cook

Contact Us
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Deborah Dahling
Admissions Director

Deborah, Admissions Director and a school parent, has an established history working in public education for environmental and artistic organizations.

Open houses are held throughout the school year on the second Tuesday of the month from 10:00-11:30 am with the exception of December.

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