Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed.  - Maria Montessori


Our School
Pioneer Meaodws Montessori School offers a low-cost, high quality education for children in Whatcom County.  The outstanding, engaging, scientifically researched curriculum offers children a  rich and dynamic hands-on experience which is developmentally appropriate and is academically, socially, and emotionally meaningful.  The staff create a calm and loving classroom environment which recognizes each child as an individual.

Our History  

In 2007, Keri Garavaglia moved with her then-husband James Bauckman to Whatcom County, Washington, with the dream of creating and building a Montessori school. Keri’s grandparents, Aubra and Dorothy Tilley, generously offered to help her fulfill this dream.

In the fall of 2008, the families and staff of Pleasant Valley Montessori School became part of Pioneer Meadows Montessori School (PMMS), and the next fall Salmonberry Montessori in Bellingham also joined Pioneer Meadows. In February 2010, Pioneer Meadows Montessori officially became a federally designated 501(c)(3) non-profit school.

Pioneer Meadows Montessori is located on 5.6 acres in Ferndale adjacent to 20+ acres of open space. Our school will eventually be linked to a city-wide trail system, and we are within walking distance of the new Ferndale Public Library. We have two Children’s House classrooms and two Elementary classrooms, including Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary. All of our classrooms include access to the outdoors via spacious decks; children are able to move freely between the outside and inside environments during work time.

The children also enjoy, and assist in the care of, organic gardens, a small fruit tree orchard, and native and wildflower gardens. The grounds include a playground and a large open area for running and games. The children also help care for small flocks of sheep and chickens. In summer 2012, we added a barn to serve as a winter paddock for our sheep, and provide additional storage.
A Montessori opportunity for every family.

Pioneer Meadows Montessori School suppports children and families in realizing their full potential through an authentic Montessori education.

​  FEBRUARY 2018 

No School
Mid-Winter Break – No School

Community Room Reflooring
No Soupy Friday
Parking Lot Cones
    MARCH 2018

Board Meeting

Montessori Information Night

All Re-Enrollment Paperwork Due

Current CH Parents' Education Night

Early Release

Current Elementary Parents' Education Night

Friday, May 18th
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School Hours

Children’s House Half Day: 8:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

(or until 1:15 p.m., if staying for Lunch Bunch)

Children’s House Full Day: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Elementary: 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Pioneer Meadows Montessori - 2377 Douglas Road, Ferndale WA - 360.778.3681
PMMS is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit.  PMMS does not discriminate in the admission of students or in the operation of
the school on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin.