Our Community Silver Bow Montessori School was established after we identified a real need for well-rounded children’s education. Our purpose is to nurture independent children engaged in joyful learning. We provide high quality, authentic Montessori education that includes multi-age classrooms and hands-on learning. Our Commitment Individualized educational experience and highest academic standards; Capable, inspired, qualified teachers and low student/teacher ratios; Collaboration among students, parents, teachers, and staff; Development of the whole child – individuality, autonomy, integrity. Montessori Curriculum Carefully prepared environments, hands-on, Montessori materials; Multi-age classrooms so children learn to lead; A curriculum that fosters cross cultural awareness and social responsibility; Children naturally develop self-discipline and a love of learning; Teachers observe and respect children’s individual needs and interests. Students move at own pace and receive individualized assessment. Additional Programs Extended Care Program ― Before and after school care 7:30 am to 5:30 pm; Summer Adventures! ― Enriched childcare during summer months; Abundant Curricular Enrichments ― Future Problem Solving, Lego Robotics, outdoor skills, swimming, hiking, fall and spring overnight fieldtrips, Spanish, drama, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, CrossFit, ice skating, gardening, sustainability activities. Affiliation SBM is a full member of the American Montessori Society and head teachers are AMS credentialed Montessori educators. Geographic Service Area Families have enrolled students at SBM from Butte and surrounding areas including Whitehall, Anaconda, Deer Lodge, Cardwell, Glen, and Dillon. Commitment to Nondiscrimination Silver Bow Montessori School admits students of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.​
The Whole Child  -  Our Whole Purpose

Students aged 6 and older are ready for intellectual work on an abstract level. Imagination, moral conscience, and cultural awareness are the "sensitive periods" of this age. As the student's skills in mathematics and language are being developed, the elementary curriculum (for ages 6 to 12) presents opportunities to explore cultural subjects – science, history, geography, and the arts.

The broad variety of Montessori materials in the elementary classroom stimulates multi-sensory learning and independent thinking. The classroom community is a learning laboratory for the child's responsible participation within a democratic society. Frequent field trips and interactions with people from throughout the community are part of the elementary experience.

Our curriculum includes:

  • Future Problem Solving Program International (seven time Montana first place)
  • First Lego League robotics
  • Spanish
  • Drum Circle
  • Ceramics
  • Downhill skiing at Discovery Ski
  • Cross-country skiing at Homestake Lodge
  • Swimming lessons
  • Hiking
  • Ice skating
  • Fall and spring overnight field trips (usually camping trips)
  • Annual drama project (usually Shakespeare) performed at the Orphan Girl Theatre
  • Bi-weekly trips to the Butte-Silver Bow Public Library
  • Field trips around Montana

Imagination, moral conscience, and cultural awareness are the sensitive periods of this age.

Elementary Program Overview