Our Elementary students are more than prepared to succeed at the next academic level; they are prepared to make a difference in the world.
Our Elementary program is designed for the needs of first through third grade children. However, our Montessori classroom is very different—and superior to—traditional classrooms. Our curriculum is academically advanced, and all children feel success because lessons are indivdualized and learning is personal. Growth, rather than competition inspires active learning and engagement.
Our Teachers Make the Difference
The most distinguishing characteristic of Evergreen School is the quality and expertise of our faculty. Our teachers are committed to the Montessori philosophy. They believe in the capability and dignity of each child. Our primary goal is to foster and enhance each child’s natural sense of joy and wonder. Each classroom is characterized by collaboration, kindness and a strong sense of purpose.
- An intimate, caring classroom community.
- A stimulating curriculum that encourages exploration and deep learning.
- A solid foundation in core academic skills.
- A calm, organized place to learn and grow.
- Two experienced co-teachers work one-on-one and in small groups with each student.
- Students progress at their own pace.
- World cultures and geography, art, and history are woven throughout the curriculum.
The Elementary Difference
- Our teachers are guides, not lecturers.
- Children benefit from active learning and hands-on experiences.
- There’s not a one-size-fits all curriculum that leaves some children bored and others frustrated.
- The classroom is full of hands-on materials– not worksheets.
- Children solve problems and think, instead of memorize isolated facts with little context.
A Comprehensive Curriculum (read more)
- What to Expect in the Elementary Classroom
- The Elementary Math Difference
- What Parents Ask (Elementary FAQs)
A Classroom Community
The mixed age classroom has academic and social benefits. First, children learn with and from each other. Older children model good work habits and produce exemplar work for the younger students to emulate. Second, instead of competing with each other, students grow into a community, and practice social skills every day.
Living our Values
One reason why our Elementary classroom is so peaceful is because of the strong leadership of older children. They work with the teachers to set the tone in the class; they take responsibility to make sure everyone is treated with kindness. When conflict occurs, older children are well equipped to act as problem solvers and mediators—and teachers are nearby to guide or intervene as well. This kind of dynamic can’t happen in a single-graded class.
When your child graduates from Elementary, he/she will be:
- Academically prepared to succeed in any independent, public, religious 4th grade.
- A confident and enthusiastic learner
- A capable leader
- Caring and emotionally attuned to the feelings of others
Children who complete the three-year cycle in the Elementary class make easy transitions to public and private fourth grades. Click to read more about Life after Evergreen and the schools our graduates attend.
Learn about Montessori Elementary from the American Montessori Society