Portland Forest School - Elementary

Elementary grades build the foundations of learning. Students benefit from powerful hands-on activities and concrete experiences. They begin to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. Our outdoor curriculum builds upon this enthusiasm by providing a diverse and profound educational environment. Now enrolling Elementary Grades 1 - 5 for the 2020-21 School Year.

Forest School Virtual Open House

When:  TBD

Attend our Virtual Forest School Open House. Meet and talk with our teachers and Principal through video conference. Learn how our nature-first approach to education cultivates lifelong learning and resiliency.


Elementary grades develop:

  • A deepening knowledge of local plants and their practical uses
  • Ability to identify less common mammal tracks in our region
  • Ability to identify common local birds by sight and sound
  • The ability to work independently on a project for progressively longer periods of time
  • Self-planning for longer-term or more complicated projects
  • Increasing capacity in literacy and composition
  • Growing ability and application in mathematics to age level and beyond
  • Comfort, resiliency, and  competency out of doors in all conditions

Tuition and Application

Program Information

Current Grade


5-days a week
1 lead teacher to 7 students


5-days a week
1 lead teacher to 7 students

Middle School

5-days a week
1 lead teacher to 12 students

High School

Micro School - 3-days a week
1 lead teacher to 14 students

Tuition and Application

Other Programs Available

Preschool Age (4-5)

1-day a week
1 lead teacher to 7 students

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