A mixed classroom setting for ages 6-9.
The Lower Elementary program is for 6 to 9 year olds. Children spend all three years in the same classroom, deepening associations with one another and strengthening relationships with instructors. Elementary-aged children continue to learn through the use of concrete materials, moving slowly toward increasingly abstract thinking. The lessons and materials are multi-sensory, dramatic and evocative, setting alight the imagination and curiosity of the students.
Lower Elementary: A defining period for intellectual exploration
Our “Lower El” program combines conventionally aged 1st and 2nd grades in multi-age classrooms, with 3rd grade being added in the 2019 academic school year. This allows students to build social skills in a supportive, respectful environment and to stretch themselves academically—to their full potential.
Hands-on math, science and language arts are the cornerstones of our comprehensive Montessori-based Lower El curriculum.
Our academic curriculum also aligns with Florida state standards and frameworks—and goes above and beyond. We use the Measures of Academic Progress Test, more commonly known as MAPs testing – to ensure our students are on track.
Italian language and integrated cultural studies, including history and geography, promote global awareness and 21st century skills.
Physical education and art fortify our curriculum with specialized instructors.
“To stimulate life, leaving it free, however to unfold itself, that is the first duty of the educator.”