“The child can only develop by means of experience in his environment. We call such experience work.” ~Dr. Maria Montessori
The School’s curriculum is based on creating a prepared environment appropriate for children from three to twelve years of age to engage in meaningful work. Our goal is to help each child learn to grow into a love for themselves and the world around them. It is designed to allow the child to satisfy each sensitive period when he is ready.
Typically a two year program, our Preschool introduces students to the joy of leaning, as they practice care for themselves, others, and their environment. The classroom has practical life exercises for developing life long skills of organization, concentration, and care of their environment. These exercises encourage control of movement, eye hand coordination, and small motor control. There are Montessori Sensorial, Language, Math, Geography, and Science materials to creatively challenge the child as their knowledge and curiosity grow. The environment includes classroom pets, dramatic play, art, plants, and outdoor gardening.
Building on their foundation in Preschool, Kindergarten students continue with multi-sensory exploration of letters and numbers, developing their reading and writing skills, while also engaging with in-depth continent and cultural studies. Montessori Sensorial, Language, Math, Geography, and Science materials are carefully selected to continue to challenge the child as their knowledge and curiosity grow. The environment includes classroom pets, art, plants, and outdoor gardening. Weekly music, physical educations and science presentations and activities complement the classroom environment.
In the Lower Elementary classrooms, 1st – 3rd grade students spend three years in the same classroom, building community and deepening relationships with teachers, The Elementary Curriculum exposes students to many interrelated topics repeatedly over time, encouraging students to delve into details, see the connections more clearly, and ultimately develop a deeper understanding of our complex world. Students participate in reading groups, learn about language and grammar, as well as develop writing skills. Students participate in a daily math lesson that evolves from math manipulatives to abstract computation. In addition to special weekly science, music, and P.E. classes, students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of field studies and host a dramatic production each Spring.
Our Upper Elementary campus houses 4th-6th grade students within a series of connected classrooms that foster a strong, supportive community. As students transition from childhood to adolescence, they continue to learn through the use of concrete materials, while gradually moving toward increasingly abstract thinking. The Upper Elementary curriculum includes profound lessons, such as the origin of the universe, life on Earth, the emergence of humans, and the history of math and writing. Students participate in daily literature groups, math lessons, spelling, and grammar and vocabulary lessons. Weekly, students engage in social studies, science, and writing lessons and projects. In addition to continued weekly music and PE classes, upper elementary students also benefit from bimonthly STEM and art lessons and well as a weekly Culinary Arts lunch program, and an annual Science Fair, Living Biography Project, and dramatic production in the Spring.
Our playgrounds are designed to help the young child’s developing body gain strength, confidence and a sense of well being. We have play structures, slides, swings, bike road, teeter-totter, sandbox, basketball/handball court, and a two story tree house all set in a wooded park like environment. Our Upper Elementary playground has a zip line and rock climbing wall.