Welcome to Six Rivers Montessori

Our Vision

Our broadest vision is of a world that lives in peace, and a world community based on interdependence and respect for all life and all people. Our vision for our school is a Montessori school community of supportive parents, dedicated teachers and staff, and joyful learners.

Our Mission

Our mission is to nurture students’ character, compassion, respect and curiosity; to cultivate their means to learn, to invent, and participate fully and joyfully in life independently and collaboratively; to establish and sustain a quality Montessori holistic elementary and middle school program that encourages students to develop a deep sense of interdependence and responsibility as caring, global citizens and stewards of the earth.

Our School

Six Rivers Montessori is a Montessori Elementary School serving children in first through sixth grades. We prepare students broadly for life, balancing academic excellence with the development of personal and practical life skills. Our goal is to inspire a passion for excellence and a lifelong love of learning. We nurture curiosity, creativity, and imagination.


MMUN Delegate Sendoff Celebration

Saturday, January 27th, 10:00am-12:00pm @ Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Bayside

We are hosting this event to allow the students an audience to practice presenting their position papers and their public speaking skills, as well as to promote MMUN awareness.

Read and learn more about Montessori Model UN, visit: https://montessori-mun.org/us/

A light fare of Central American foods will be provided after the student presentations.

Auction Items * Crafts * Coffee/Tea

Please RSVP to Nicole Nada @ nicolenada@gmail.com

** There will be a silent auction and we welcome any donations to help benefit travel expenses and conference fees. (Please contact Rachel Weiss rachelsueweiss@gmail.com)


Six Rivers Montessori Kids' Dance Party--January 19th

Now that the holidays are over, maybe the adults are ready for a break … but the kids still want to party. The Fundraising Committee is offering this fun event for students and their friends ages 5-12.

Age-appropriate music will accompany a variety of activities, with options like dancing, karaoke, and games. This is a great opportunity for families to support our school while offering a fun time for the children and an evening off for the parents.

The Dance Party runs from 6:00-9:00 on Friday, January 19th.

[Please register separately for each child that will be attending.]


Important Dates

  • January 19th: Kids' Dance Party 6:00-9:00
  • January 27th: MMUN Central American Themed Brunch EVENT, 10:00am-12:00pm @ Unitarian Fellowship
  • February 1st: Raffle Drawing 6:30-8:00
  • February 8th: Board Meeting 6:00-8:00

For a full schedule of instructional days and other important dates, please see our School Calendar page.

News and Recent Happenings

'Tis the Season

The Upper El (and a couple of siblings!) got to carol in front of Plaza on Friday night. Thanks so much to our music teacher, Teresa, for organizing this sweet event as well as all our parent volunteers who baked, sold coffee, and poured wine inside of Plaza for Arts Arcata!

Cross Country

The Cross Country season wrapped up this week.

We had several students compete this year including Emma, Bella, Ben, Lootah, and Olive, who placed 2nd in the county for 1st grade girls at the Championships! Thanks to all the students who came out to run in these super fun school events. The track season will start at the end of March.

Wolf Creek Science Camp

Wolf Creek Camp
Wolf Creek Camp
Wolf Creek Camp
Giant beets!

Garden Bounty

Our school garden is not only beautiful right now, but it’s also overflowing with nutritious food. This week the Upper El made salad and juice (which included these giant beets!), while the Lower El made salad and pizza. After sowing the seeds in the spring the students have the opportunity to practice food preparation, not to mention the satisfaction and joy of harvesting their own food.

Building Community

Many thanks to Teresa, our generous landlord and music teacher,  for the inviting new bench to accompany our Little Free Library.

Library Bench
SRM Garden

What are you bringing?

The Montessori Method is founded on the notion that children exercising free will within a developmentally appropriate, prepared environment will actualize their own unique human potential. Over the summer Michele and Bridget have been busy preparing the classroom environments for this great work, but the last and most important components cannot be bought or sold….

On the first day of school the sidewalks approaching the front door of Six Rivers Montessori will be inscribed with the values that make our school great. Respect. Hope. Kindness. Discipline. Imagination. Cooperation. Joy. Each and every one of us, parents, students, teachers, and Board members, are tasked with building the culture of our school by what we bring through the front door. Together we are creating a school culture of tremendous possibility and potential.


SRM Competes in First Track Meet

We had four students compete in the K-4 county track meet at HSU on Tuesday. Students ran in the 50 and 100 meters races, and tried the long jump and baseball throw. (The baseball throw replaces the javelin for this age group… less pointy.) They were all smiles and showed great sportsmanship throughout the two hour event even though they were soaked from the heavy mist by the end.

Long Jump
Pi Day

Pi Day!

Pi Day is a celebration of mathematics (it’s not just about eating pie!). The Pi Day website gives us this definition:

“Pi Day is celebrated on March 14th (3/14) around the world. Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter — which is approximately 3.14159.

Pi has been calculated to over one trillion digits beyond its decimal point. As an irrational and transcendental number, it will continue infinitely without repetition or pattern. While only a handful of digits are needed for typical calculations, Pi’s infinite nature makes it a fun challenge to memorize, and to computationally calculate more and more digits.”

Of course, when you get to eat the pie after you’ve calculated pi, it makes it even more fun!

Ocean Day… Fun and a Great Cause

This week our third-sixth years participated in Ocean Day. They spent the morning pulling invasive beach grass and picking up garbage at the Mike Thompson Wildlife Area on the South Spit. Then they sat for the super cool aerial design above. Our students are in the crab’s top right leg, just below the big claw… in case you want to try to find them.

Ocean Day

Nondiscrimination Policy

Six Rivers Montessori does not exclude or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin or disability in admission to, participation in, or receipt of the services and benefits under any of its programs and activities, whether carried out by Six Rivers Montessori directly or through a contractor or any other entity with which Six Rivers Montessori arranges to carry out its programs and activities.

This statement is in accordance with the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and Regulations of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued pursuant to these statutes at Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Parts 80, 84, and 91.