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.
The Upper Elementary Montessori classroom 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.