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Upper Elementary 

Grades 4-6

Our Upper Elementary environment seeks to provide a rigorous yet sensitive and secure environment for self-development. It serves as a transition between the classic child-centered approach of our Primary and Lower Elementary programs and the more traditional curriculum emphasized in our Junior High and High School environments.

The classroom enables the children to function independently, with opportunity to progress at their own pace and depth, within reasonable yet challenging expectations. Our students experience freedom in conjunction with responsibility and learn to live harmoniously in a heterogeneous group.

“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim is not only to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core. We do not want complacent pupils, but eager ones. We seek to sow life in the child, rather than theories, to help him in his growth-mental and emotional, as well as physical-and for that we must offer grand and lofty ideas to the human mind.”


- Dr. Maria Montessori


Sample Daily Schedule (enrichments vary by day)

8:00 - 8:15: Arrival

8:15 - 8:30: Community Meeting

8:30 - 11:30: Uninterrupted work period

11:30 - 12:00: Lunch

12:00 - 1:00: Outdoor Play

1:00 - 2:15: Lessons and Independent Work

2:15-3:15 Spanish

3:15 - 3:30: Class Meeting and Dismissal

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