"Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and the strength, use it to create."
-Dr. Maria Montessori
Montessori Elementary Classrooms, or “learning labs” as we like to call them, are designed to meet the needs of curious minds; building knowledge through an in-depth study of the world and how it works.
The students work in small, mixed-age groups on a variety of projects to spark imagination and engage in intellect. This process feeds their quest for knowledge, all while developing sound reasoning and thinking skills.
We also emphasize moral and social development. We aim to build integrity and compassion by creating purpose-filled activities.
The Elementary Curriculum & Cosmic Education
The Montessori Elementary School Curriculum is introduced through a spiral, hands-on, and integrated approach, which include the subjects of history, geography, biology, language, math, science, art, music and culture.
Maria Montessori referred to her elementary program as “cosmic education” unifying the disparate subjects into a unified whole.
“We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”
– Maria Montessori
Cosmic Education is broken down into the “Five Great Lessons” which are an important and unique part of the Montessori curriculum. These lessons are bold, exciting, and are designed to awaken imagination and curiosity. Students are struck with the wonder of creation, thrilled with new ideas, and awed by the inventiveness and innovation that is part of the human spirit. These Five Great Lessons paint a broad picture, laying the context for more specific study. They consist of:
The Beginning– The First Great Lesson weaves a tale of the origins of the universe and our own planet. Using impressionistic charts and experiments directly related to the basic physical properties of matter, a foundation is made for the future study of physics, chemistry, astronomy and geology.
The Timeline of Life– This timeline represents the beginnings of life on Earth from the simplest forms through the appearance of human beings. Each organism is presented as a contributor to a vast, ineffable cosmic scheme.
The Coming of Humans– Continuing the exploration of life on Earth, this timeline stresses the development of humans from the earliest beings through the use of tools.
The History of Writing– This lesson explores the development of writing from its appearance in primitive cultures to its role in the modern society.
The History of Mathematics– This lesson explores the use of mathematics as an expression of the refinement of the human mind and as a response to individual and shared needs.
The curriculum is designed to encourage deeper understanding of the interconnected nature of seemingly disparate subjects. Its intent is to encourage interest and focus on the development of a whole individual.
Lower Elementary: 1st – 3rd Grade
Upper Elementary: 4th – 6th Grade
6 – 9 yrs
9 – 12 yrs
|Academic Day||8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.|
|Full Day (Including before/after school care)|
|Summer Camp Available||June ~ mid-August|
Elementary Academic Day Monthly Tuition: $1,171
Elementary Full Day Monthly Tuition: $1,385
Spanish and English are the two primary languages of the Elementary Community. Lessons with the Montessori materials are presented primarily in English (with exception of the Spanish language materials), and guides converse primarily in Spanish. All guides are bilingual in English and Spanish, with Spanish being their native language. Additionally, Spanish class is included in the weekly “specials” schedule, in addition to PE, Art, Music and Nature Education.