Lower Elementary Program: Grades 1-3
Students in our Elementary School Program attend school from 8:30 to 3:00. The MSD Lower Elementary Program provides a strong academic continuum for the intellectually curious student. Our Montessori Elementary classrooms foster independence of thought and a love of learning through the core Montessori principles of:
- Hands-on learning and individualized learning within a multi-age classroom setting
- Freedom to roam within the classroom and through the curriculum
- Robust curriculum spanning a three-year cycle of learning is rooted in Montessori and enriched by student and teacher areas of passion and interest
- Trained Montessori educators to guide each student’s learning process
- Focus on the care and development of self, others, and the learning environment
Lower Elementary instills a love of learning.
MSD staff use a variety of teaching methods and foster independent exploration and experimentation. Concepts continue to be introduced through concrete materials until a student demonstrates that they are capable of more abstract understanding. Classroom projects are often inquiry-based, requiring the children to demonstrate their learning in a variety of ways. All of this good work is going on while each child is being met where they are in their educational journey. With a deep commitment to honoring the gifts and needs of each individual student, children are free to learn at their own pace and take ownership of their learning.
Come see for yourself what happens when you combine an integrated Montessori curriculum, an aesthetically pleasing classroom environment, and a respectful community. (Hint! All of these factors create a joyful learning environment that primes children for success.)
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Our toddler village early learning environment is built for exploration and practical life skills; with a playground just their size, a garden area, and dedicated outdoor workspaces for each classroom. Learn more here.
Primary and Kindergarten
MSD Preschool and Kindergarten programs focus on helping students to make thoughtful choices, develop concentration, and engage in caring and purposeful interaction with their environment. Learn more here.
Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3
The MSD Lower Elementary program offers students a rich curriculum based on individual understanding that is challenging, collaborative, and interwoven with real world application. Learn more here.
Ages 9-11, Grades 4-5
MSD’s Upper Elementary program expands the rich curriculum to focus on confidence and achievement, reinforcing the importance of responsibility, service, ownership of knowledge, and integrity. Learn more here.
Ages 11-14, Grades 6-8
We have designed every facet of our Middle School curriculum with smart, compassionate emphasis on social-emotional growth; strong, core academics; and a global education at the forefront. Learn more here.
MSD’s Specials program enriches the already robust Montessori curriculum and school culture, providing students a more rounded education. Specials classes are in addition to regular classroom studies and include physical education, music and theater, art, Spanish, library sciences, and handcraft. Our Urban Farm program is also part of our Specials program. Learn more here.