September through June schooling in first, second, and third grades for children ages 6-9
Understanding the Big Picture
All of the Elementary lessons fit into Great Stories told about the history of the universe. Each part of what a student learns - whether it is math, earth science, or physics - fits like a puzzle piece into a big picture understanding of the world.
Social Emotional Learning
Developing empathy and the ability to cooperate with others takes time and the support of compassionate adults. Our teachers give students the tools to problem solve and develop healthy emotions.
Each day, students choose to dive into study topics they are most interested in and develop their own projects - everything from building models to writing books - in order to display their knowledge. Through the teacher’s assistance, they develop the tools to research and learn independently.
The World as a Classroom
Not only do Elementary students help caring for their classroom as they learned to do in Primary, but they also use their academic skills out in the wider world. Elementary students, with the support of a teacher, make the phone calls, calculations, and plans to organize their own field trips.
All children need large blocks of time for running, climbing, and simply being kids. Our natural play yard provides a retreat in the city for lots of joyful fun. The children are also developing further avenues for learning outdoors by creating a woodshop and practicing fire-building skills.
“The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.” — Maria Montessori