Upper Elementary

(grades 4-6)

"Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

-Maria Montessori


Who is the 9-12 Upper Elementary Student?

an upper elementary student in front of a rug with presentation materials

They are creative, energetic, thoughtful contributors to their world

They are engaged in social groups and become willing communicators as they strive to make meaningful human connections as active members of their community. 

They have an insatiable need to make sense of their world, making them natural researchers. Their developing senses of empathy and justice leads them to seek out opportunities to make a positive impact in society. 

UE studnets pose in costume on stage after a play

What to Expect From Our Montessori Elementary Program

Our Montessori elementary program provides the framework for students to become academically strong, proficient and curious learners. Students become knowledgeable in content areas and are taught to think critically and creatively rather than merely memorize information. They actively engage in building a strong academic foundation through continual exploration of new ideas. Students experience learning as a natural and life long process.

The curriculum supports the passage from concrete to abstract thinking, providing the materials and experiences so that students can make a successful transition to content based instruction. Individual, partner and small group projects are integral parts of the learning process, helping students develop time management, organization and cooperative social skills. Students become motivated and interested participants in learning as they experience the challenges of a stimulating academic environment. Through the process of seeking out the necessary assistance and resources in the classroom, collaborating with others and receiving feedback about their work, students develop greater independence and understanding of their personal learning styles.

Through regular community meetings and teacher modeling and facilitation, students develop intrapersonal and conflict resolution skills.

Public speaking develops on a small scale through participation in class group presentations and progresses to oral presentations before an entire school community assembly. Sixth year students conclude an entire year of study on a topic of their choice by presenting their research to their fellow classmates, parents, teachers and other members of the school community.

Upper Elementary students working on paper puzzles on the floor

The Upper Elementary Program for grades 4 through 6 is designed to address all aspects of a student’s learning. The individual academic, social and emotional needs of the student are inseparable and equally important. The classroom provides an environment where students are encouraged to be inquisitive, cooperative, and respectful and presents academic opportunities and challenges that enable students to grow as open-minded, critically thinking individuals. For details of our curriculum please see the descriptions of the individual areas below.

Upper Elementary Curriculum