What is Montessori?

Quick Facts about Montessori Classrooms

  • Multi-age classes (ideally a three year mix)
    • Levels
      • Children's House: three and four year olds, as well as Kindergarteners
      • Lower Elementary House: 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders
      • Upper Elementary House: 4th and 5th graders (ideally, this would include 6th graders too)
    • Stay with the same teacher for the entire three year span, whenever possible
    • Each year provides the student with a different developmental task (observe, engage, lead)
    • Enhance culture of community, caring and respect
  • Extended, uninterrupted work periods, ideally three hours long, allowing for increase in concentration, stamina and depth of work
  • Classrooms are divided into several "areas", with work placed on shelves from left to right, moving from most concrete to most abstract. (see "Areas of the Classroom" below)
  • Students are free to move about the room, choose a place to sit, work, etc. They are coached on how to make good choices that will support optimal learning, so they can grow into independent, self-sufficient learners.

  • In addition to state teacher certification expectations, teachers must be trainer in Montessori, a rigorous, lengthy training program.