As of February 2010, Pioneer Meadows Montessori officially became a federally designated 501(c)(3) non-profit school.
Pioneer Meadows Montessori is located on 5.6 acres in Ferndale adjacent to 20+ acres of open space. Our school will eventually be linked to a city-wide trail system, and we are within walking distance of the Ferndale city library. We have two Children’s House classrooms and two Elementary classrooms - Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. All of our classrooms include access to the outdoors via spacious decks; children are able to move freely between the outside and inside environments during work time.
The children also enjoy, and assist in the care of, organic gardens, a small fruit tree orchard, and native and wildflower gardens. The grounds include a playground and a large open area for running and games. Lastly, the children also help to care for small flocks of sheep and chickens. In the summer 2012 we added a barn to serve as a winter paddock for our sheep, as well as provide additional storage.
At Pioneer Meadows Montessori School we strive to help children in their journey to self-realization through the guidance of the Montessori philosophy and curriculum. Our aim in the classroom is to create a prepared environment that meets the needs of every child. Our goal is to provide children with a peaceful and beautiful place complete with organic gardens and farm animals to care for, all of which are teaching tools within themselves.