Our Montessori classrooms are busy, productive places with attractive and carefully made materials, which enable our students to work at their own pace. Each child is allowed to choose his/her own work, carrying it out to completion with great concentration and enthusiasm. Our curriculum emphasizes the development of the whole child within a helpful, respectful, and cooperative community. We help each child achieve his/her full potential by following these key premises of Montessori education:
- Children are to be respected as individuals who differ from each other.
- Children possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from their environment.
- The most important years of growth are the first six years of life when unconscious learning is gradually brought to the conscious level.
Young Preschool: (ages 2½ to 3½): 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 5-day or 3-day (T,W,TH) option. This class is a “starter” class for our youngest students and maintains a smaller group size and student to teacher ratio than the Primary classrooms. Students must be 30 months old and potty-trained to be eligible for this program. (See below for Before and After care options.)
Primary Half-day: (ages 3 to 4.75): 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 3-day (T,W,TH) and 5-day options. Students must be age 3 by Sept. 30th and be potty-trained to be eligible for this program.
Primary Full-Day & Kindergarten: (ages 4.75 – 6) Full-Day students: Must be age 5 by Dec. 30th and have outgrown the need for a nap – Teacher permission required. Kindergarten Students: Must be age 5 by Sept. 30th.
Children participating in both the Full-Day and Kindergarten programs attend a Primary class five days a week from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. They are in the mixed age group for the morning portion of the day and then continue their Montessori work after lunch. Some special activities are reserved for the Kindergarten year.
Before & After Care: (ages 2½ to 6): After Care options until 1:00, 3:00, 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. (Starts at noon for our younger students and at 2:45 for our Full-day & Kindergarten students.) Before Care may also be available starting at 7:30 or 8:00 a.m., please check with the office for details.
Camp Programs: NEW coming 2015 – ten week summer camp will run from mid June to mid August with available hours from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.