Our elementary program builds on the foundation the child received in a Montessori primary program. Now the student moves from the concrete, hands-on learning that was appropriate for younger children to more imaginative and abstract learning in groups. Children begin to explore the universe and strengthen their sense of community. We provide a respectful and peaceful environment for children to follow their interests, balancing the freedoms and responsibilities inherent in the Montessori elementary experience.
Led by an Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) certified guide (teacher), our elementary program contains the full spectrum of learning: intellectual, social and emotional. Our goal is to develop culturally literate children who have a sense of respect and duty toward themselves and society, and to nurture their innate curiosity, creativity and intelligence.
Currently, our elementary program serves children in grades 1 through 4. Grade 5 will be added for the 2013 - 2014 school year, and grade 6 for the 2014 - 2016 school year. We give priority placement in the elementary classroom to children with three years experience in a Montessori primary curriculum or who are transferring from another Montessori elementary program. In cases where children do not have this background, the head of school and elementary guide will confer with parents to make an individualized decision regarding eligibility and enrollment.