Mayflower Montessori is a preschool, kindergarten and child care center conveniently located in the heart of Beaverton, Oregon. We offer a structured education program for 2 to 6 year olds that excels in preparing children for 1st grade and beyond. We also offer child care for infants 6 weeks and older.

To help working parents, our facility is open Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 6:00pm year round with before-school and after-school care available. We are located near Nike, Tektronix, Intel and many other companies on the west side of Portland. Meals are prepared on premises and the children get frequent exercise in our large fenced playground with play structures and covered play areas.

Our experienced teachers closely follow the Montessori Method and work with the rest of our staff to foster a caring, nurturing environment where kids thrive. Our owners are also very involved in teaching and with the management of the school.


In 1995, the owners of Mayflower Montessori founded Good Shepherd Montessori in Downtown Beaverton. This school quickly became a very sought after and respected preschool and kindergarten in the community. To serve the growing demand, Mayflower Montessori was opened in 1999 and Good Shepherd was moved to its current (larger) location in 2004 and renamed Sunshine Montessori.

Today, Mayflower and Sunshine Montessori continue as sister schools with the owners very involved in the management and teaching at both schools.

Teaching Approach

We believe that each child has a natural desire to learn, to explore, and to take part in the world around them. We nurture this desire following the principles and practices established by Dr. Maria Montessori. Our classrooms contain a prepared environment and special materials designed to develop and reinforce the child's independence and encourage their intellectual, social and behavioral development.

Each child is treated as an individual and allowed to learn at his/her own pace. Through this approach, the child develops self confidence, responsibility and a love for learning.


Our comprehensive curriculum includes the following:

Programs Offered

Program Child Ages Child-to-Teacher Ratio
Infants 6 weeks to 12 months 4-to-1
Wobblers (Pre-Toddler) 12 months to 24 months 4-to-1
Toddlers (Pre-Primary) 24 months to 30/36 months 4-to-1
Primary (Preschool / Kindergarten) 2/3 years to 6 years 10-to-1


Recognizing the importance of a child's physical / large motor skills development, we have created a well-equipped play area. When weather permits, children are encouraged to play outside during their play times. We also have covered play areas so the children can play outside when the weather isn't optimal. The outside play areas are fenced and the toddler/infant play areas are separated from the areas where the older children play.

We provide separate quiet nap areas for children (including preschoolers) who are still taking naps. Cots/mats are provided and bedding materials are washed at school each week.

Our school has a well-equipped kitchen and a trained staff to prepare lunch and snacks. The balanced menus (posted weekly in the school office) are based on USDA and state regulations and guidelines. Special food needs (whether because of allergy or religious reasons) can be met on an individual basis — please let us know.