Modern Montessori Charter School will offer a preschool, elementary and middle school program. Kindergarten through eighth grade students will be part of our tuition-free public school. Preschool students will be part of our fee-based early learning program. Our early learning program will include children ages three- to five-years-old. Students in our early learning program will be integrated into classrooms with our kindergartners.
Pre-K and Kindergarten
In the Montessori Children’s House classroom both preschoolers and kindergartners reside in the same classroom. This is possible because of the high level of individualized learning that occurs. Children of different ages and abilities can be working at varied levels in the same classroom. Maria Montessori observed that children ages three- to six-years-old share similar characteristics. The Planes of Development, as Montessori called them, are the basis of the multiage groupings in the Montessori school.
In the Children’s House Classroom, children possess what Dr. Montessori called the absorbent mind-the ability to absorb information from their environment. The child is introduced to “small” ideas that gradually widen into larger concepts. Self-correcting materials are arranged invitingly on low, open shelves, and children choose their work from one of several distinct areas within the classroom.
Elementary I and Elementary II
EI: First, Second and Third grade
EII: Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth grade
The Elementary Classroom is a continuation of the Children’s House experience. At this age, the child begins asking questions about the origins of the universe, the nature of life, people and their differences and so on. Children in the elementary are developing their sense of imagination rather than relying so heavily on sensory experiences as they did in the Children’s House. Dr. Montessori said the work of elementary children is to obtain culture, rather than absorb the environment as it was in earlier years. The Montessori Elementary program is made up of connective narratives providing an inspiring overview of organizing and integrating “The Five Great Lessons” which encompass all subject areas.
Seventh and Eighth grade
In the Middle School Classroom, students are presented with an integrated curriculum, designed to help them make connections across disciplines and find their place in the world. They do this by building an appreciation for the natural world and all it has provided, as well as by expanding their awareness of human progress, resources, economics and fundamental needs. Middle School students are made aware of their responsibility for life and conditions on the planet, and they can directly apply concepts from their elementary education to problem-solving scenarios. Students at this age are learning to make the transition from childhood to adulthood.