Elementary Education

Program Hours

8:45-3:15 Monday through Thursday and
8:45-2:30 Fridays.

What We Offer

Lower Elementary: Our first through third grade, multi-age classroom allows children to work at their development stage and enhance the appropriate academic, social and emotional awareness and skills through a Montessori model. Our low student to teacher ratio provides optimal support and creates individualization and maximal student progress and learning.

Upper Elementary: Our multi-age classroom setting for grades 4th-6th is sized just right: small enough to ensure that each student is approached as an individual in academics and large enough to allow for dynamic social learning experiences. The students are introduced to working on and practicing goal setting in the eight domains of our Learner Levels.

Multi-age Setting:

In our multi-age settings, students are given opportunities to move naturally between the roles of mentor and learner. Each afternoon, the oldest students of each multi-age grouping move to the group above in order spend a half day as leaders in the morning and then transition to the role of learners in the afternoons.

Assessment:

Our approach to individualized learning is informed by diagnostic, formative, and summative assessment, goal tracking, frequent one-on-one student/teacher advisory meetings, and review of data from online tools including the NWEA MAP tests given three times during the academic year. Qualitative and quantitative assessment data is shared with students and parents on an ongoing basis and during student-led, parent-teacher conferences that occur three times per year.

Place-based Learning:

We create real-world opportunities for our students; there is no better way to prepare for the real-world than in the real-world.  Through exposure to visiting artists and fitness/yoga instructors, partnerships with community non-profits and charities, our Snow Sports Program including Nordic and alpine skiing in our local environment and ski resort, our students are learning in context with their community.

Learner Levels and Student Goal Setting:

The Learner Levels foster self-regulation, initiative, and responsibility.  They include ongoing progress in the areas of Communication, Time Management, Goal Management, Self-understanding, Collaboration, Motivation, Use of Resources, and Focus and Concentration.

To support the development of student agency, students learn how to set meaningful goals and hold themselves accountable for their learning and personal development through our Learner Levels. Students meet with teachers during advisory each week for guidance in setting, meeting, and supporting personal goals.  Students learn to meaningfully reflect on questions such as, Did I reach this goal? Why or why not? How far did I get? What were my successes? What were my challenges? Will I change anything about how I did this next week?

 
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