A Typical Day – Academics

Toddler (New for 2015-2016)

The toddler classroom provides a safe, intimate, nurturing class where students ages 18 months- 3 years can thrive . It is designed for the physical, academic and emotional growth of the toddler and to help him feel successful and autonomous. The environment is purposefully designed for exploration. The toddler curriculum helps form the building blocks for future learning and growth.

Dr. Montessori was a pioneer in supporting early education, believing that children made the most connections and learned the easiest in the first three years of life.  Children at this age absorb an immense amount of knowledge and are forming the building blocks to future learning.

The toddler classroom is carefully prepared with Montessori lessons and materials designed specifically for the toddlers’ early exploration of the world.  The classroom environment stimulates students’ intellectual curiosities while encouraging their autonomy and independence.
8:30- 11:30 am – Morning Half Day
8:30-2:00 Full Day

The Early Childhood Program

The Early Childhood Classroom is designed for the 3-6 year old student and is divided into the following curricular areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, and Language Arts. The materials in each area are vibrant and carefully displayed in a deliberate sequence and order.  The lessons attract students’ attention and allow them to practice order, coordination, concentration, and independence. The multi age classroom allows for the older children to teach and mentor the younger students. It’s a natural progression of socialization that provides beautiful leadership possibilities.  The younger students learn seamlessly with their older peers.

The child arrives in their classroom between 8:25-8:40. They greet their teacher at the door and is able to organize their belongings in their cubby. The student is encouraged to get a book or work on a quiet lesson as they wait for other classmates to arrive.

“Circle Time” is a community meeting for our younger students, where specific concepts are being enforced with multi-sensorial approach. Music, drama, rhymes are used to practice classroom concepts. Students are then dismissed to work on lessons. They are presented new lessons either individually or in small groups, or encouraged to practice previous ones.

There is a mid-morning break for snack and recess. Children practice lessons in grace and courtesy skills for snack, and lunch and are encouraged to play, socialize, imagine, build and have fun during recess. The Pre K 3 students are either dismissed to their parents at 11:30am or stay at school for extra programming.  Lunch is in the classroom in the mid-day. The Pre K4 and Pre K 5 continue to work on lessons in the afternoon. There is a midafternoon recess and dismissal for PreK4 is 2pm and the Kindergarten students are dismissed at 3pm.

Sacred Studies and Music, are taught weekly to all early childhood students to enhance our curriculum. Everyone goes to our chapel service Wednesday at 9am.  Kindergarten students, specifically, are introduced to Marine Biology, Computer Class, and Movement Classes. The teachers teach Art and Spanish in the classroom.

The Elementary Program

The Lower Elementary teaches students ages 6-9(Grades 1-3), while the Upper Elementary teaches the 9-12 year old students (Grades 4-6).

The children arrive in their classes between 8:15 and 8:25. They greet their teachers, organize their belongings for the day, and usually begin with a creative writing activity. Upon completion, the class usually meets for a community meeting and are ready to start with their lessons by 9am or 9:30. The morning hours have been purposefully designed to allow for a 2-3 hour period of uninterrupted time for lessons. A highly trained and credentialed teacher guides each child to lessons that will specifically strengthen the skill or concepts the student is currently working on.

The elementary classroom is divided into Language Arts, Mathematics and the Cultural Areas, this incorporates Geography, History, Arts and Science. Snack, lunch and recess provide for nice breaks to socialize and refresh mid-day. The afternoon hours are mostly dedicated to co-curricular subjects taught by specialists, these include Art, Choir, Music, Sacred Studies, Marine Biology, Physical Education, Computers and Spanish.

Sacred Studies and Music, are taught weekly to all early childhood students to enhance our curriculum. Everyone goes to our chapel service Wednesday at 9am.  Kindergarten students, specifically, are introduced to Marine Biology, Computer Class, and Movement Classes. The teachers teach Art and Spanish in the classroom.