Our School

Location and History

Birchwood Montessori is a small, non-profit school located at 4801 Franklin Avenue in the center of the former Franklin Junior High School.  Our school is nestled at the convergence of three unique Des Moines neighborhoods:  Beaverdale, Waveland Park and Merle Hay which offer amenities such as Tower Park, Iowa Food Cooperative, Franklin Avenue Library, and Franklin Community Gardens. Our space within the historic Franklin building offers a beautiful environment of Montessori materials with natural light, a green-space extension of the classroom for outdoor exploration, gymnasium and performing arts auditorium.


Birchwood Montessori was established by families and educators committed to the educational principles of Maria Montessori. 

Details At-a-Glance

  • Adheres to authentic Montessori methodology and philosophy

  • Serves students age 3 years old through 6th grade

  • Education connected with the local community

  • Peaceful, supportive, community-focused culture

  • Music, Art and P.E.

  • Non-religious


Birchwood Montessori school is a learning environment that educates children using the principles and methodology of Dr. Maria Montessori. We respect and nurture the whole child. We instill a lifelong love of learning through developmentally appropriate and purposeful work.


We envision Birchwood Montessori to be a sustainable, authentic Montessori program in the Des Moines metro that guides children on their journey toward independence, motivation, and investment in their communities, preparing them for life beyond the classroom.

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Contact Us

Phone: (515) 306-4593

Email: office@birchwoodmontessori.org


4801 Franklin Avenue #1159

Des Moines, IA 50310

Birchwood Montessori is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and does not discriminate in the terms, conditions, or privileges of employment or admissions on account of race, age, color, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, or religion or otherwise as may be prohibited by federal and state law. Any employee, board member, potential family, volunteer or client who believes that they or any other affiliate of Birchwood Montessori has been discriminated against is strongly encouraged to report this concern promptly to the Director.