4th, 5th, and 6th grade
The Upper Elementary classroom consists of children ages 9-12. Children in the Upper Elementary program build naturally from the areas of mathematics, cultural studies, geography, science, literature and writing found in the Lower Elementary classroom.
The classroom community is strong as morals and values are reinforced through team work and character development activities. Community service projects are expected throughout the year as they help develop social awareness and empathy for children this age. Collaboratively, children work to help the classroom community as well as the community that surrounds them.
The classroom work revolves around self-directed projects, research and individualized hands-on activities which help to prepare each child for maximum success. Activities and assignments at this age level often include a broader range of choices which enables the student to become a self-directed learner, an important characteristic of Montessori education.
Children in this classroom receive more advanced instruction with foreign language, the arts, technology and physical fitness.
Regular assessment is carried out by both students and teachers at parent-teacher conferences and a nationally-normed, standardized test is taken by all students at this level.