These classes meet from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Our Kindergarten and Elementary programs are State approved programs. Our average class size is 15 students per staff. We offer a Kindergarten class for children 60 months and a Lower Elementary Class for children 6 to 9 years. The teachers have degrees and/or have Montessori teaching certificates. Before and after care is available for all elementary students with full-time contract from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The school year runs from September to the last day of school in June. Summer is optional. Parents who intend to have their children attend our summer program must register for it separately since spots are not guaranteed. However, our Kindergarten, Elementary, and Homework center students receive first priority in our summer program.
The Montessori curriculum strongly emphasizes math and language, and then uses them to study other subjects including anthropology, astronomy, philosophy, political science, and sociology. Art, music, and foreign language are lessons that are integrated throughout the Montessori curriculum.
Requirements for Admission: KINDERGARTEN (60 MONTHS)
The child must be 5 years old by September 1 to be considered a Kindergartner in our program; however a child who is younger than 5 years old (by no more than 3 months) may be evaluated for Kindergarten level work and readiness. If a child misses the cut-off and dependent on whether the child is academically, socially, and emotionally ready for the Kindergarten work, they may take part in the Montessori Kindergarten curriculum with their parents and teacher’s agreement. There will be a parent orientation meeting for new incoming Kindergartners with the student’s teacher at which time any prior medical records must be presented. Information regarding the student’s medical records must also be submitted to the office.
Requirements for Elementary Admission:
Students must be six years old by September 1. Previous Montessori school attendance is preferred but not required. The student must be able to handle the expectations of a Montessori Elementary program such as choosing work, working independently, and as part of a community, handling materials carefully, respecting other children’s space, respecting adults, following multi- step directions, accepting direction from a teacher, and attending group lessons.
To be successful, students must be able to learn to make choices, cooperate with peers, develop and maintain a sense of order, demonstrate self-discipline, function independently, and participate non- competitively in a classroom community. There will be a parent orientation meeting with the student’s teacher at which time any prior care records must be presented. Information regarding the student’s medical records must also be submitted to the office. Proof of Kindergarten graduation is required.