Lower Elementary

We believe a lower elementary environment should create a spark for children to think and grow. Recognizing that each child is different, a lower elementary classroom educates the whole child, helping each student succeed at their own pace and level. We are able to deliver individualized education due to smaller classrooms.

Our classroom is comprised of 6-9 year olds who are seeking more intellectual independence as they journey into the second plane of development. Maria Montessori believed that the mixed age classroom provides opportunities for children to learn from and mentor each other. When students are allowed to play such an active role in their own learning, they rely less on a teacher. The children are then free to discover knowledge on their own rather than having it fed to them through lecture.

In all of our elementary programs, the morning is set aside for a three-hour work period. It is during this time that the teacher delivers lessons and students guide their learning through exploration, research, and collaboration. During this work cycle, children will experience geography, arithmetic, geometry, language, history, zoology, botany, and physical science. The experiences the child has in the lower elementary classroom will prepare him or her for the journey into upper elementary.

Upper Elementary

The upper elementary classroom serves students from 4th to 8th grade. These students have an increasing desire to know “why” something happens and “how something works,” and, the upper elementary environment provides students with the materials and resources to find those answers. The interest in the way things work encompasses the scientific and mathematical world as well as the world of social systems and language. It is at these ages that a child’s sense of social justice inflates, allowing them develop solutions to complicated problems.

A typical upper elementary student will spend his or her work period completing both individual and group projects. He or she will participate in hands on activities and problem based learning that allow them to develop independent and critical thinking.

Like all Montessori classrooms, practical life is important to upper elementary. However, whereas a primary student practical life might be pouring and sorting, an upper elementary student learns skills, such as goal-setting, time management, and planning.

We will also offer students in 6th-8th grades the opportunity to take classes with the North Carolina Virtual Public High School (NCVPS). Not only will these classes increase the child’s knowledge, the student will also receive high school credit if he or she successfully completes the class. Students will be provided time at school to work on NCVPS courses.