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The Lower/Upper Elementary Program

Each year there will be students who progress academically, physically, socially and/or mentally to the point that they would benefit by moving to a level that offers more challenging opportunities to match their development. Readiness criteria differs from level to level and program placements are not determined solely by academic ability or age.


The Lower/Upper Elementary Program

6 years through 12 years of age

The Elementary Program is a multi-age learning environment for children 6 to 9 years old or the equivalent of first through third grade and upper elementary students 9 to 12 years old, or the equivalent of fourth through fifth grade. The elementary classroom is a warm community that has materials that invite exploration and research. 

The Director, Assistant Director and/or Lead teacher will conduct an interview for each student/family seeking to enroll in CHI Montessori to determine the appropriate placement along with other requirements.

Maria Montessori summed up the 6 to 12 classroom in this way:

“The elementary child has reached a new level of development. Before he was interested in things: working with [their] hands, learning their names. Now he is interested mainly in the how and why...the problem of cause and effect.”

Children learn to face challenges with confidence, and begin to find their own place in the world.

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