Elementary

Ages 6 through 12 (1st-6th grade)

Elementary

Upper Elementary, a place to learn new things,
a place to be with friends, and a place to spread your wings.
A new experience for everyone,
it’s peaceful, exciting, and lots of fun.
Walk down the long halls, and when you go inside,
look around the classroom, and you’ll find a surprise.
Everyone is doing something, and learning something too,
everyone has a place, even someone new.
Upper elementary, come inside and see,
everyone’s gifts revealed, and set free.

By Madeleine H., 5th grade student

As in the Montessori preschool, elementary classes consist of multi-age groupings with approximately equal numbers of each age, and a balanced number of girls and boys.  Each class has a Montessori-trained and college-educated head teacher, a trained assistant, and resource teachers for French, Spanish, music, art, physical education and technology.

The curriculum for elementary students includes:

Reading Mathematics Research Skills
Language Usage Geometry French and Spanish
Spelling Cultural Study Technology
Composition History Music
Creative Writing Economics Art/Art Appreciation
Literature Geography Physical Education
Handwriting Natural Science Practical Life
Physical Science

Individualized Learning
Lessons are individually structured to keep pace with each child’s developing skills and interests.  A broad range of resources — manipulative materials, books, charts, collections of specimens, computers and the Internet, video, worksheets and workbooks, and the community itself — helps each child increase knowledge of the world.

A Montessori child has the unique opportunity to become actively involved in his or her own learning — not just repeating information dictated by a teacher, but discovering, visualizing, and finally abstracting information from materials chosen.  Learning is a joy rather than a job, and the student becomes a self-directed, independent, thinker and problem-solver.

The Classroom Environment
The teacher structures the environment, presents key lessons, and acts as a resource person and facilitator.  The school day is organized to include a balance of individual, large group, and small group activities.

The open classroom with interest areas, group work tables, and individual work stations, encourages social development and the sharing of information among children.  The mixed age groups (Lower Elementary — grades 1-3, Upper Elementary — grades 4-6) offer many opportunities for leadership and peer teaching.  The atmosphere is one of caring and cooperation.

High Academic Standards
Freedom also means responsibility.  The children have daily requirements, and assigned work must be completed on a timely basis.  Classroom and special subject groundrules set clear expectations for behavior.  Graduates transitioning into area high schools are well prepared, both academically and socially, for the demands of traditional programs.

And More…
The emphasis on caring for others that begins in the toddler program becomes more formalized at the elementary level. Students participate in internal and external service projects that include working with younger students, managing the school’s recycling program, and partnering with outside charities. Upper elementary classes explore the principles of economics through the Crunch Cart, a business that offers lunchtime snacks and milk. The after-school athletic program for upper elementary students includes soccer, volleyball, and basketball teams.

The Montessori classroom fosters the development of self-confidence and positive social values.  And, as the children move from the concrete materials of the preschool years into the abstract concepts and community responsibilities of elementary and Middle School, they continue to develop imagination, reasoning power, and organizational skills.  They will carry all of these qualities into adolescence, and later into adulthood, become responsible, contributing members of society.

Elementary classes begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. Latchkey is available for enrolled children from 7-8:30 a.m. and 3:30-6 p.m.

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