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The Primary 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 Primary Program

3 years to 6 years of age

This program is for children 3 years of age and potty-trained up to 6 years of age, which includes children that may not be ready for kindergarten. The Primary program is under the direction of a lead teacher, trained in the Pan-American Montessori Society (PAMS) program. The teacher along with their assistant encourages each child to work with materials at their own pace and of their own choosing to accomplish the goals established by both the child and the guide together. The child in this program has reached a stage in which repetition and manipulation of the environment is critical to the development of concentration, coordination, independence, and a sense of order. The child learns skills for everyday living, sorting, grading, classifying – all of which lead to a development of skills in writing and reading, and the formation of the mathematical mind.

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