The Upper School includes children in the age range of 6 to 12 years (1st – 6th grade) and offers students a combination of challenging academics and extensive enrichment experiences. The school day begins at 8:00 am and ends at 3:30 pm with and Extended Day option available from 3:30–4:30 pm. Beginning August 16, our Extended Day program will return to pre-pandemic hours which begin as early as 7:00 am and end as late as 6:00 pm, with the school day returning to 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. The student–teacher ratio for elementary is 1 teacher for up to 18 children.
The Elementary Program is divided into two groupings, based on the three-year cycle:
Curriculum areas include Language Arts, Writing, Mathematics, Geography, Geometry, History, and Science. Students receive individual and small group lessons with personalized instruction in Math and Language Arts with creativity fostered through projects. Community service opportunities are available within the class, school, and greater Arlington area.
Enrichment classes, taught by specialized instructors, occur in the afternoons on Monday through Thursday and all day on Friday. Afternoon enrichment classes include Spanish, Computer Lab, and daily Fitness Education. Classes attended on Enrichment Friday include:
- Conflict Resolution
- Science Lab
- Fitness Education
In the spring, there are performance opportunities in Music and Drama for 1st – 6th grade students and in Latin for 4th – 6th grade students.
How to Montessori at Home
Many parents are home with children and wondering, “What do I do with them all day, every day?” Here is some guidance on how to Montessori at home.
Find out more about the Elementary Montessori Classroom from AMS
Our Lower Elementary Lead Teacher, Mrs. Proctor, took part in making an American Montessori Society video which provides and overview of how an elementary Montessori classroom works.