• Elementary

    Elementary System

    Lower Elementary students (ages 6-9) are empowered to become confident, competent students. Our classroom is a unique environment in which instruction begins with concrete realities, adding one difficulty at a time, moving sequentially into abstract theory.

    Our Upper Elementary program is structured for children ages 9-12, covering the traditional grades of 4-6. While we do emphasize the use of Montessori materials in lieu of textbooks whenever possible, it is at this stage that children are first introduced to textbooks. Once our students have a firm understanding of a concept -- in any academic area -- textbook work is introduced as an additional aid.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

    1. Which syllabus do you follow?
    • The teacher remains alert to the interests of each child and facilitates individual research in following interests. There are no curriculum requirements except those set by the state, or college entrance requirements, for specific grade levels. These take a minimum amount of time. From age six students design contracts with the teacher to guide their required work, to balance their general work, and to teach them to become responsible for their own time management and education. The work of the 6+ class includes subjects usually not introduced until high school or college.
    2. Do you keep examinations?
    • It is true that Montessori classrooms do not emphasize the use of textbooks, grades or homework. This is because Montessori students are encouraged to take ownership of their own learning. This is an essential step in fostering the child's natural, in-borne desire to soak up knowledge.

      There are no grades, or other forms of reward or punishment, subtle or overt. Assessment is by portfolio and the teacher's observation and record keeping. The test of whether the system is working lies in the accomplishment and behavior of the children, their happiness, maturity, kindness, and love for learning and level of work.