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.
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.
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.