About FMES

The Franciscan Montessori Earth School/St. Francis Academy offers a Remarkably Different education to children in the pre-school, elementary and middle school levels. Small class size, before/after care, and a curriculum including foreign language instruction, gardening education and Earth Experiences are available on 10 picturesque acres in SE Portland.

Our Beloved Mother Foundress, Mother Rosemae Pender, dies during Jubilee Mass (click to read more)

The Saint Francis Academy Middle School Aquaponics Greenhouse!

Take a moment to watch a time lapse of construction on the Aquaponics Greenhouse!

“In January the students of St. Francis Academy split into several groups with the task of designing an aquaponics greenhouse. In this assignment the students were asked to compile the information needed to build a greenhouse. This included measuring the walls outside, doing some trigonometry to figure out what the angle of the roof needed to be, create cost estimates, site maps, and models. After three weeks of working on this project the students had to present their work to the community. The final plan was created from the best parts of the various presentations.”

Time lapse of Aquaponics Greenhouse build-out, May 25 29.

Thanks to Jennifer Laxer for recording these images.

Our fish arrive on June 6th. Come by and see them during the last week of school!


The Franciscan Montessori Earth School / St. Francis Academy admit students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. They do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of their educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

This ad placement is to satisfy tax code section 501 C 3 requiring a Notice of Nondiscriminatory Policy as to Students. NWAIS member schools have adopted nondiscrimination policies which may be broader than this requirement."

Our Location

14750 SE Clinton St
Portland, OR 97236
(503) 760-8220
(800) 967-1502

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