Learning at MSD

Children’s House (Age 3—6)

Early Beginner Half Day

Age 3 by September 1, 2018

Suitable students: Early beginners who want to ease into their first schooling experience. Majority of our half day beginners request to switch to full day by the second semester.
Hours: 8:30—12:00
Before care hours: 7:30—8:30
Learning and development objectives: Acclimate to a formal schooling experience, develop practical life skills, gain independence and a healthy sense of self.

Early Beginner Full Day

Age 3 or 4 by September 1, 2018

Suitable students: Beginners who are ready for a full day school experience.
Hours: 8:30—3:30
Before care hours: 7:30—8:30
After care hours: 3:30—5:30
Learning and development objectives: Develop practical life skills, gain independence and a healthy sense of self.

Kindergarten

Age 5 by September 1, 2018

Suitable students: Although majority of Kindergarten attendees have matriculated from MSD’s Children’s House, having prior Montessori experience is not required for new applicants.
Hours: 8:30—3:30
Before care hours: 7:30—8:30
After care hours: 3:30—5:30
Learning and development objectives: Independence, confidence, leadership, develop a curiosity and building a strong foundation for academic life in Elementary

Elementary (Grade 1—6)

Two Learning Groups:

In order to keenly meet student development and learning needs, the Elementary division is organized into two learning groups: the Lower Elementary (Grade 1—3) and the Upper Elementary (Grade 4—6). Two Guides work in the Elementary division: one specializes in Lower Elementary and one specializes in Upper Elementary. Throughout the day, students experience learning within their age/grade groups and together as a whole Elementary group.

Tradition + Innovation:

We combine tradition and innovation to build a Montessori-inspired Elementary Room. We retain core practices of Montessori pedagogy to ensure learning is done according to how the young brains are built to process and retain knowledge. We incorporate contemporary elementary education features (i.e. technology, research projects, community time, etc.) to ensure that we meet our students’ educational needs of today. Students undergo an intentionally designed learning experience balanced between structure and freedom, direct group input and individual experiential learning, teacher structured learning goals and self directed projects.

Co-curricular Activities:

Spanish enrichment, outdoor education, environmental education, various field trips, museum visits and concert attending.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to learn.
  • Develop a positive relationship to learning.
  • Become strong readers, curious researchers, assertive hands-on experimenters, and resilient risk takers.
  • Possess the flexibility, reflectivity, open-mindedness and compassion to be able to socialize and interact with people from all walks of life.