About Us

Welcome to Cedar River Montessori


As we approach 40 years of educating the next generation of global citizens (the first of whom are now parents themselves!), we find inspiration in our students, our community, and our environment. In many ways, our campus embodies Maria Montessori’s vision of the perfect setting for a Montessori school, presenting opportunities for students and staff to develop meaningful connections with our natural world while working and learning in our forest, in our pollinator and vegetable gardens, and with our pasture animals. Our school is a place where understanding how and why we learn is valued just as much as acquiring knowledge. Where practicing empathy, compassion, and conflict resolution are held in equal regard to lessons, presentations, and student work. At Cedar River Montessori, Dr. Montessori’s “whole child” develops through meaningful, daily interactions with their environment – peers, animals, and trees alike.

We are proud of what our school has accomplished over the past several years. Some recent project highlights include becoming a Washington State Stewardship Forest, being recognized by Trillium as an Inclusive Employer, establishing a Farm Conservation Plan, partnering with EarthCorps for our 12 Acre Trails and Forest Restoration project, and achieving American Montessori Society accreditation. We are excited about the path before us. Guiding the way is our strategic plan, which sets forth three major goals over the next few years:

List of 3 items.

  • Environmental Stewardship: Our 12 Acre Classroom

    Cedar River Montessori is restoring the ecological health of our forest and creating opportunities for our students to connect with nature by constructing a “prepared natural environment” in which children are able to have varied outdoor spaces for both scientific exploration and other kinds of meaningful experiences.
  • Lifelong Explorers: Professional Development of Staff

    Cedar River Montessori is encouraging and supporting staff as they pursue their own educational opportunities. As staff deepen their personal and professional knowledge, they are active role models for the students, demonstrating that following passions and working hard to grow oneself personally and professionally is a lifelong process.
  • Social Responsibility: Growing Awareness of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

    Cedar River Montessori school has a journey mindset regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion, and we are committed to growing our organizational and staff awareness and practices in a manner that reflects the rainbow of communities our students, our families, and our staff come from. In order to cultivate a more intentional, synergistic, representative, and self-reflective school culture, we work to build our staff awareness, knowledge, and skills about diversity, equity, and inclusion, and extend these courageous conversations to the Board.
Looking toward the future, the image in our school’s logo captures the heart of Maria Montessori’s vision of cosmic education and the journey of the student as they find their place in the greater world. Whether hiking on a switchback trail or traversing a winding river, our students navigate their own distinct path, growing and developing from a small star into a bright and singular being in a big universe. Each student is different; every journey is unique. The possibilities are infinite.

As you are considering a school community for your family, we encourage you to explore our website and visit one of our open houses in November or January. We also recommend that you learn a little more about Maria Montessori and the Montessori philosophy if you are not already familiar. Check out our Facebook and Instagram pages to see what’s currently happening on campus, and let us know what questions you have about how our school can be a part of your child’s educational experience.

We look forward to meeting you!
Erin Karnofski, Head of School