6 – 12 years old | Grades 1 – 6Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Elementary aged students have enormous potential for the acquisition of academic content. Lessons in the elementary classes are always given in small groups giving each student ample opportunity to express interests, ask questions, and make meaningful contributions, thus developing a sense of educational responsibility. Children in these classes play a part in what they learn which leads to much greater engagement in school and academics. Read more about our academic outcomes.
Day in the life of an Elementary Student
No two days are ever the same. Although students come each day to the same classroom with the same classmates and teachers, there is no telling what the day may hold. Students have the responsibility to set the course of their own day and to use their time well. Whether they start their day continuing the botany work they began the day before or researching the geology of the Utah canyons for their class trip, the students know that they can make the most of their days in school.
Elementary Curriculum Details
When his imagination is fired, the elementary child’s motivation for learning is prodigious. The Montessori elementary curriculum includes the traditional course selections designed to spark the child’s imagination with awe and wonder and inspire him to learn more.
The classroom atmosphere maintains an attitude of respect for each individual student. The Montessori elementary student is not held back by the curriculum of his grade level, but is encouraged to go as far as he is able, making choices and learning at his own pace. He keeps a daily journal of his achievements, and the teacher has periodic conferences with him to help him work effectively in all areas of the curriculum and ensure that he is working at a level commensurate with his capabilities.
Each year a standardized assessment called MAP testing is administered to all elementary students in grades four and above. This is one of the tools teachers use to assess areas of difficulty for a particular child or the class in general.
The Montessori environment accommodates the elementary child’s need to socialize. He is free to work where and with whom he chooses and to converse with others, sharing information and ideas. Often students work on a project in small groups and make decisions about each student’s contribution to a cooperative effort. Since the children encounter one another more often than in most traditional schools, they have many opportunities to practice social skills and resolve conflicts.
Countryside’s elementary students perform in a children’s opera. In addition, the class participates in overnight trips away from school.
The Countryside elementary student is exceptionally well-prepared to utilize the resources of any educational institution he will subsequently attend.