18 Months to 6th Grade

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Social grace, inner discipline and joy. These are the birthright of the human being who has been allowed
to develop essential human qualities. Maria Montessori

Primary Overview

Primary Half Day
2½ – 4½ years

Monday through Friday
8:30 am to 12:00 noon

Class Size: 30

Staff: Directress
One assistant


Primary Full Day
4½ – 6 years

Monday through Friday
8:30 am – 3:15 pm

Staff: Directress

Children from the ages of 2½ – 6 years possess unusual sensitivity and mental powers for absorbing and learning from the environment.

Our Primary classrooms allow children to explore, develop their senses, and learn for themselves during this stage of heightened receptivity. The children are with the same directress for three or four years.

The classroom has an enticing array of self-correcting educational materials that are displayed on open shelves and organized by logical, orderly, distinct areas called practical life, sensorial, language, mathematics, and cultural subjects.

The Montessori curriculum provides uninterrupted blocks of time during which each child is engaged in captivating learning activities which foster self-discipline and concentration.

The foundation for all of the learning that occurs in the of primary program is Grace & Courtesy. Introduced at this age, when the child is not self-conscious, there is an openness to learning that allows the child to incorporate these important lessons.

Lessons learned in Grace & Courtesy provide the framework for an organized classroom where up to thirty children can choose his/her own work, take turns with materials, choose his/her own space, move around the room, communicate with each other and the adults — and doing it all so that the room is quiet enough and calm enough for concentrated work to take place. This early learning provides the necessary foundation for the child to learn to work individually and collaboratively with others, to share peacefully and treat each other in a mutually respectful way.

Daily recess gives our Primary students a chance to play with their classmates on our state-of-the-art playground specifically designed for their age group. Connecting to nature, getting needed exercise, learning to share and interact together are just a few of the benefits derived from this outdoor activity.