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

The current iteration of Silver Bow Montessori was made possible by our former director, Don Kronenberger. Along with his wife Brett and their family, and the commitment of our school's families, they built not only a school, but a community. This school was founded on the principles of Maria Montessori - educating the whole child, but also on the foundation Don created to see each child as an individual, and help them find their own success. Because of their dedication, perseverance, and drive, we have a school we are proud of; a place to educate our children to be not just good students, but good citizens. Thank you Don and Brett, and all of our alumni families for creating this magical place. 

Silver Bow Montessori School was established in 1988 as a preschool in the building currently operated as Fred’s Mesquite Grill in Butte, Montana. The school was located in turn at three locations throughout Butte.

In 2001, the school moved to its current location at 1800 Sunset in Butte, where two early childhood classrooms currently operate in a 2,130 square foot facility on over five acres of landscaped grounds. Since moving to the Sunset Road location, the school has developed an additional 940 square foot classroom building for the Early Elementary (grades 1 through 3) and 670 square foot classroom building for the Upper Elementary (grades 4 through 6), for a total of 3,740 square feet of classroom space.

The school received 501(c)3 non-profit organization status on August 29, 2002.

History of the School