Our Elementary program is fully recognized by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) and is designed for children from 6 to 12 years old (grades 1-6). Our Lower Elementary serves children ages 6 through 9 (grades 1-3). Upper Elementary serves children ages 9-12 (grades 4-6). Elementary is a Full Day experience. Classes meet Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. We have two Lower Elementary and two Upper Elementary Classrooms, each with a targeted enrollment of 27 children.
The Elementary Classroom
The physical and psychological characteristics of the child begin to change as he/she enters this, the second, plane of development. Children of the elementary years have an intellectual power unsurpassed at any other age. They are natural explorers of the world around them. They bring to their work two important tools: powerful reasoning minds and the ability to imagine. These intellectual tools, combined with a natural urge to collaborate with peers, opens a field of exploration so vast that virtually any concept or system can be explored and integrated into a comprehensive whole.
In the classroom, children are deep in the process of researching, classifying and ordering phases of history, botany, geology, geometry, language and mathematics. Subject areas are integrated throughout the curriculum rather than being presented as separate disciplines. The teacher uses stories, pictures, charts and timelines to enrich the child's understanding and spark his/her interest in learning.
The age blending in three year bands continues in the elementary years. Lessons change from more individualized to small collaborative group lessons at the elementary level as the child begins to search out his/her place in the group. Besides continuing to build skills in core curriculum subjects the student is presented lessons in "Cosmic Education." This part of the Montessori curriculum for the older child helps the child discover and appreciate the interconnectedness of life on earth.