Ages 6 to 12 years

“Our care of the child should be governed, not by the desire to make him learn things, but by the endeavor always to keep burning within him that light which is called intelligence.”

Maria Montessori

Elementary children love a good story. Understanding this, Dr. Montessori created a story-based curriculum that inspires students through imagination, wonder and investigation.

The Great Stories introduce each area of the Montessori Elementary curriculum – science, history, math, language, geography, social studies, art and music. Subjects are combined in an interdisciplinary web of study and students are encouraged to explore topics that capture their imaginations.

Elementary students at CMS are grouped into a Lower Elementary class of 6 to 9 year olds and an Upper Elementary class of 9 to 12 year olds. The mixture of ages provides younger students with peer learning opportunities while older students develop leadership skills and responsibility.

Elementary Guides give primarily small group lessons, introducing concepts that students follow up on with independent research and classwork.

The Elementary program includes opportunities for students to expand their world view and access to information and experiences. “Going-out” trips are planned in conjunction with student research topics and take advantage of our local resources.

Third year students in Lower Elementary go on one overnight camping trip. Upper Elementary students take part in two overnight trips each year.


The best way to learn about our Elementary program is to see it in action.

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