Welcome to Pine Grove, and thank you for visiting our
website. We hope this glimpse into our warm, diverse,
and enthusiastic community of learners will be
helpful to you. Pine Grove School offers children
an innovative and dynamic program that combines
key aspects of Montessori education with the best practices of current child development research. At Pine Grove, our top priority is to ensure that every day counts for every child; we help each child develop and learn individually at his or her own pace, in his or her own style. LEARN MORE
Pine Grove is a charming, wood-shingled schoolhouse nestled in a grove of pine trees on Foreside Road in Falmouth, Maine. We offer programs for children 18 months to 6 years old. We are fortunate to border a 27-acre wooded park preserve which provides limitless opportunities for hands-on nature exploration. Classes can often be found in our “courtyard,” walking the nature trail and attending gatherings in the pine grove.
All of our programs feature curriculum based in the Montessori philosophy, which allows your child to choose meaningful activities that foster their imagination, curiosity, and intellect. You can expect a low student to teacher ratio and a strong emphasis on building a peaceful community, developing literacy and math skills, learning the Spanish language, and utilizing creative arts and exploring music in all of our classrooms.
Since our inception in 1985, Pine Grove School has been dedicated to providing an exceptional early childhood education within a warm and diverse community. Our philosophy is based on the principles
of Maria Montessori who believed that children are naturally curious and when
given the opportunity to explore their own interests, they more readily
internalize the concepts. Our classrooms are vibrant communities of
joyful learning, where we strive to nurture a child's innate curiosity,
creativity, intellect, independence and sense of community.
Dr. Maria Montessori studied the development of
children and created a theory of education based on
the premise that children are inherently self-motivated
learners. She believed that this quality could best be nurtured
and developed in a carefully prepared environment that supports active learning with
hands-on materials and which empowers the child's capabilities and competencies. In such an environment, children develop self-esteem, independence, and a love for learning that provides a solid foundation for their entire school experience and stays with them throughout their lives.