Elementary (1st-5th Grades)
LOWER ELEMENTARY (1st– 3rd GRADE)
We have three mixed age classrooms serving the grades 1-3. Students use hands-on materials to engage in all curricular subjects. In addition to traditional academic subjects our curriculum includes peace education, cosmic education, grace and courtesy lessons, art, Spanish and Physical Education. At this plane of development children ages 6-9 are developing their social mores and their independence from adults. Students learn to manage freedom and self-discipline in an environment that is prepared for them by the Montessori teacher. They are able to move freely around the classroom and choose works from all curricular areas. Students are also able to work on special interest projects throughout the year. These students truly begin to take their education seriously, while learning time management, presentation skills and continuing their love of learning. We utilize the MAPS assessment tool and Transparent Classroom to investigate the alignment of Colorado State Standards with our Montessori curriculum to ensure our students academic success. Wednesday afternoon is an expressive/creative arts enrichment program that offers four 8-week sessions per year.
UPPER ELEMENTARY (4th – 5th GRADE)
We currently have one classroom at the Upper Elementary level, with the plan to open a second next fall. This classroom includes students aged 9-11, in grades 4th-5th. The Upper Elementary classroom is an extension of the Lower Elementary classroom. Students continue to study language, grammar, math, geometry, science and biology and they begin their study of human history. Hands-on materials are still utilized in the Upper Elementary classroom; however, students at this age are beginning to move toward abstraction and are supported in that move by the materials and the guides. Students also continue their studies in the non-academic areas, including peace education, cosmic education, grace and courtesy lessons, art, Spanish and physical education. In peace education, students at this age are learning how to lead conflict resolution conversations independently, encouraging their development as active, capable, mediators. Students at this age are also beginning to grapple with the question, “Who am I?” Through our cosmic education curriculum and practical life curriculum, students are led to confront this question, and they begin to define who they want to be as they form their identities. We continue to utilize the MAPS assessment tool and Transparent Classroom to refine students academic progress and success as we prepare them for the transition into middle school. Wednesday afternoon is an expressive/creative arts enrichment program that offers four 8-week sessions per year.
27285 Brandon Circle Steamboat Springs, CO 80488
PO BOX 883141
Steamboat Springs, CO 80488