LOWER ELEMENTARY 1st through 3rd grade
UPPER ELEMENTARY 4th through 6th grade
The elementary program fosters the exploration and imagination typical of children this age in an integrated curriculum. A combination of individual work and group collaboration promotes critical thinking, problem solving and research skills that are necessary at all levels of education.
Integrated studies of grammar, reading and writing, mathematics, geometry, history, science, geography, Spanish, music, drama, art and physical education all come together to create a prepared environment for the elementary aged child. Elementary children participate in the planning, management and assessment of their own learning through daily record keeping enhanced by weekly conferences with their teachers.
The Montessori term “cosmic education” is often used to describe the elementary curriculum. This is done to respect all religious traditions without favoring one above another. The school year starts off with what Montessori described as the Five Great Lessons. The first Great Lesson describes the creation of the earth, and is followed by the stories about the beginning of life and the coming of human beings. The final two great lessons describe human being’s two greatest contributions: communication and invention. These Great Lessons set the tone for all core subjects in the elementary. The first two lessons set the stage for the sciences, geology and geography. The third great lesson presents human history. Communication and invention speak to language, math and geometry. Music, drama and art stem from human history and invention. It is through these fantastic presentations and follow-up stories that children’s imaginations are sparked and discovery is in the making.
What is truly special about our students is their strong love of learning; they work hard because they are motivated by a desire to learn more. Our students move on to public and private schools after graduating, and leave us as confident, responsible and resilient individuals who are prepared to think critically and adapt in an ever-changing world.