Our Story, Our Vision, Our Promise

Our Story

AEME was established in 2019 by two founding members of the Alder Montessori School which opened in 2015 on-site at Alder Elementary School in the Reynolds School District with a single classroom offering bilingual Montessori preschool education for 3- and 4-year-old children. Today, our two classrooms at Alder Montessori serve 40 students ages 3, 4 and 5 in mixed-age classrooms which mingle two years of preschool and kindergarten. Typically, over 70% of our students are dual language learners, with the primary home language being Spanish. All of our classroom educators at Alder Montessori are bilingual in Spanish and English.

At AEME and at Alder Montessori we continue to learn and grow with our children and families. We are working with community partners and allies to promote collaborative and sustainable solutions to open new AEME schools to increase access and a new choice for high-quality early childhood education. With the success of Alder Montessori, we will use the lessons we learned and are learning as our framework and model to open additional AEME Montessori schools in our community.

Our Vision

We share the vision that all families in Oregon have equitable access to an early childhood education.

Our Promise

At AEME we are dedicated to providing excellence in early childhood Montessori education, disrupting systemic bias and promoting joyful learning.