First grade classes will be added in fall 2019 at Maple Corner Montessori in Roseburg.
The private school, which opened its doors in September 2018, was founded by Leanne Jorgensen and currently has 32 students enrolled. Adding the elementary program will probably increase the enrollment by 10 to 15 students, according to Jorgensen.
The elementary program will eventually be for first through third grade. The plan is to grow the school with the current class of kindergartners, by adding first grade next school year and second grade the following year.
“We’re committed to offering a world-class private education in a small town,” she said.
Classrooms at the school have a 1:10 ratio, meaning there’s one teacher for every 10 students. Adding the elementary program also means the school will be employing two more teachers.
Jorgensen said both of the incoming teachers are Montessori trained, and also have master’s degrees in education.
As part of its Montessori teaching, students learn in small groups or through individual lessons, while encouraging critical thinking and self-directed learning. It also allows older children to be mentors and in a role model position for the younger students.
Jorgensen added that the school has lots of field trips, a parent-teacher organization and is a proven method of education throughout the world.
The school is located at First United Methodist Church at 1771 W. Harvard Ave. in Roseburg, but has no religious teachings.