About Six Rivers Montessori School

Our Vision

Our broadest vision is of a world that lives in peace; 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.

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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 sustain a quality Montessori holistic classroom environment within a farm-based learning community; to encourage a deep sense of interdependence and responsibility as caring, global citizens and stewards of the earth.

Our History

In 2010, Bridget McBride and Teresa Walker founded the Phoenix Rose Academy with five students. In 2012, Phoenix Rose became Six Rivers Montessori, an independent, non-profit, public benefit corporation. In that same year, we moved into our new school building at Hallen Drive in the Valley West neighborhood.

In Summer, 2014, our school building was renovated to add an additional classroom to serve our growing student population. In the 2014-2015 school year we added a 6th grade, making Six Rivers Montessori a full first – sixth grade Montessori elementary program.

As of 2017, Six Rivers Montessori has more than 40 students ranging from first through sixth grade.

Our Future

Future goals include starting a Junior High program on a farm site in the greater Arcata area.

Nondiscrimination Policy

Six Rivers Montessori does not exclude or otherwise discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color, national origin (ancestry), religion (creed), age, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, disability, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local laws 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.