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We have three lower elementary classes at MCS, with children ranging from 6 to 9 years old, what would traditionally be considered first through third grade. Elementary classes generally have between 22 - 25 students with two Montessori-trained teachers. Students arrive between 8:15 - 8:30 a.m., and the school day ends at 3:15 p.m. We offer elementary late day from 3:15 - 5:45 p.m. for those families that need a later pick-up.
Students in the lower elementary program have a three-hour work cycle each morning before breaking for lunch and recess. During this work cycle, they select materials from one of the areas of the class including math, language, botany, and geography. They also work on group projects, research topics of interest, and receive individual or group lessons.
In addition to work within their classrooms, elementary students also receive formal instruction in art, Spanish, physical education, and music with specialists. They have many opportunities for field trips, community service, and starting in third grade, overnight trips. Elementary students have their own playground, basketball courts, volleyball court, sport field, and track area to enjoy during recess and after school.
Our elementary students also have many opportunities to participate in after school activities. The current offerings can be found here.
More information on our lower elementary curriculum can be found here.