Our Mission

Little Oak Montessori School supports the development of the whole child by providing a comprehensive Montessori education to children of the Columbia River Gorge.

Our Goal

Our goal is to guide each child's quest to reach his or her intellectual, social and emotional potential in a nurturing environment that fosters respect, compassion and independence.

Philosophical Foundations

Following the philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, we believe that when children are empowered to use their natural tools of learning–concentration, coordination, responsibility, compassion, order and independence–they experience and develop a passion for lifelong learning.


All Little Oak guides are Association Montessori Internationale-certified, state-certified and have extensive teaching backgrounds and experience. Little Oak Montessori School is fully certified by the state of Washington as a private school and has been incorporated as a non-profit institution since 2006.

Our Story

Little Oak Montessori School began in 2004 in Snowden, Washington by a group of dedicated parents looking for an alternative in education for their children. These families worked together to establish a Montessori school where parent volunteerism enabled affordable tuition and fostered the truest sense of community. In 2008, Little Oak moved to our current home on Oak Street in White Salmon, Washington. The Children's Houses reside on part of the original Jewett Farm, surrounded by mature oaks, maples and ponderosa pines. In 2010, we expanded to include a lower Elementary program as well as after school programs. In 2013, we again expanded our Elementary program to serve children through age 12 and moved into a more spacious building located in a quiet nearby neighborhood. In the fall of 2014 our second Children’s House opened. Our future goals include uniting our two campuses on one location and extending the Elementary program to suit the needs of the community.

Our Structure

We are a non-profit, 501(c) 3, State of Washington approved private school. Our teachers are certified through AMI (Association Montessori International) and the state of Washington. Short and long term planning is managed by our volunteer Board of Directors, a group of parents and community members dedicated to the success and stability of our school. Parent involvement and donations help support our operations and school development.