Program Structure

Schedule:

• Early arrival: 8:00 am (special arrangements can be made for earlier times)
• School day begins: 8:30 am
• Half day dismissal: 11:30 am
• Full day dismissal: 3:30 pm
• Extended day dismissal: up to 6:00 pm
• All students attend school Monday through Friday

Beginners

A single-age class for children 2.8 – 3 years old
• Limited to 15 children with two teachers
• Half day and full day options are available
for this five day program

A gentle transition from home to school, the Beginners class is designed to foster confidence, independence, and social development. The introduction of many elements of the Montessori philosophy aids the children in their transition to the Early Program.

Early Program

• Mixed-age classes of 3 and 4 year old children
• Children are in the same class for two years
• Half day for first year 3 - 4 year olds with an optional extended day Discovery
Program
• Full day for second year 4 year olds

Early Program provides a Montessori environment that creates a strong foundation for successful academic learning as well as social and emotional development.

Discovery

• An extended day option for children in the Beginners class, as well as children who attend Early Program for a half day
• From 11:30 am – 3:30 pm
• Limited to 16 children with three teachers

The Discovery Program allows children to explore materials and activities as well as build social skills. The classroom follows the same structure and routine as Beginners and Early Program, so there is consistency throughout a child’s day.

Kindergarten

Single-grade classes for children who are 5 years old by September 1st
• Children from a wide range of preschool programs begin the school at this level

Continuing with a Montessori based classroom, children enjoy a structured academic day with a balance of core curriculum and specialist subjects. Group violin lessons and technology begin at this level.

Lower Level

• First and second graders are members of the same class
• Children belong to the same classroom community for two years—once as first graders and then as second graders

Children work in small, flexible academic groups, which allows their teachers to adapt the program to each child. The composition of the groups is adjusted as the children progress. The first and second graders are together in the classroom during the most social times of the school day. The second graders act as role models to the first graders, which is a dynamic benefit to children of both grades. While first and second graders collaborate on some academic pursuits, they spend many academic periods, including mathematics, language arts, and several specialist classes separated.

Middle Level

• Single age classes for third and fourth grades respectively

Children focus on time management, work-study skills, and long-term projects. Students make the transition from learning to read, to reading to learn. As in Lower Level, the students of Middle Level enjoy individualized instruction and small, flexible work groups. Latin class is introduced at this level.

Upper Level

A single age class for fifth grade students

Upper Level is a challenging academic environment in which children receive thorough preparation for middle school. The class focuses on study skills, time management, planning, and prioritizing. Students continue to be challenged through a comprehensive curriculum, which includes exploring academic texts, taking tests, extensive expository writing, and strengthening their vocabulary through the study of Latin. Field trips to New York City museums enrich their study of ancient history. The Upper Level students, who are the leaders of the school, enjoy many privileges and responsibilities that come with that important leadership role.

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