Our Elementary program is appropriate for children ages 6 – 12 years.
- Offered at our Kalamazoo Campus
- Monday through Friday from 8:15am-3:00pm
- Before- and after-school care available
- 1:14 adult-to-student ratio
- Cooking, individualized “going out” experiences, art, music, and more!
- Sixth-year students participate in a series of three internships
Our multi-age classrooms accommodate children from 6 through 12 years old. The children are not in “grades” and do not “pass” or “fail” grades as in a traditional environment. Rather, they progress through the materials at a pace that is appropriate for each individual child.
The Elementary program is guided by individualized yet collaborative learning. Each child is a unique person with particular aptitudes and interests. The role of the Montessori teacher is to provoke questions and teach the children the skills to answer those questions. The teacher serves as a guide to each child in his or her own learning, exploring a diverse curriculum, and creating rich learning experiences as the child moves from concrete to abstract thinking. Our teachers match their instruction with each child’s learning style and natural talents, ensuring every child is engaged and invested in learning, and capable of achieving success.
The children in our Elementary classrooms learn to research information, write reports, and make presentations to the group. They design and carry out their own community service activities, write plays, build models of the universe, and study foreign languages. The range of topics is limitless and the curriculum is vast. Montessori has a proud history of offering excellent hands-on, concrete materials to teach abstract concepts in both science and math. Through both in-class and out-of-class activities, students develop strong skills in the STEM area. The children explore art, music, biology, chemistry, poetry, theater, engineering, and more.
Together, children and teachers create an inclusive environment that supports social and emotional development. Children help one another and come to feel that helping is part of living. The feeling in the room is more like that of an extended family, and the focus on respectful social interaction and problem solving cultivates a social maturity atypical of children of this age. The strength of these relationships allows the children to take risks, voice opinions, and creatively express themselves.
Students in the sixth-year program incorporate learning through internships as well as on-campus curriculum. Each sixth-year student completes internships with three local businesses, spending one day a week off-campus learning in a professional setting. Jocelyn Clark, the Upper Elementary teacher at The Montessori School since 1998, helps guide students’ internship choices, vet prospective businesses, and align interests within the sixth-year internship program.