The Montessori classrooms are separated into three divisions. The Elementary I and Elementary II are constructed to allow the full curriculum to be completed over a 3 year period.
- Children’s House – The Children’s House is for children ages 5-6 years and is the Kindergarten grade equivalent. Children’s House, is the special Montessori term for 3-6 year old classes because the carefully prepared environment for these children includes so much more than just school work. It is, in fact, a small version of the world, a world scaled down to the child’s age and ability level. Work in the Children’s House includes everything from taking care of the classroom environment and learning practical life skills to studies in Math and Reading.
- Elementary I – Children, ages 6-9 (1st-3rd grade equivalent), are a part of the Elementary I (EI) classroom. The full curriculum is designed to be completed over a 3 year period. In keeping with the Montessori philosophy, subjects are offered in an integrated way and the children come to understand how everything they learn is interrelated. Children work at their own pace. The learning environment continues to be based on the use of concrete Montessori materials and children learn through experience and discovery.
- Elementary II – (EII) curriculum is a continuation of the Montessori educational experience. Students attending the upper elementary program acquire a strong foundation in academic skills and a genuine love of learning. Students are placed in a multi-age grouping consisting of ages 9-12 (4th-6th grade equivalent). The goal of the Elementary II (EII) curriculum is to lead the students to abstract work. Montessori materials at this level are used to promote classification and organization of information. Students continue to learn through experience and discovery. They explore the wider community through visits, field trips, and community service. They are responsible for planning activities within and outside the school. They do their own research, analyze their information and reach their own conclusions. By the end of the Elementary II (EII) Montessori program, students are expected to be independent learners who have learned how to learn.