Early Childhood

Our Early Childhood program (Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, and First Grade) is rooted in the Montessori philosophy of education, which was developed more than 100 years ago by Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). The Italian physician, educator, and innovator rigorously and systematically studied the ways children naturally learn — from infancy into adulthood. Based on this deep understanding of human development, her holistic approach values the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive dimensions of a child.

| Early Childhood Program

At the core of the method is Dr. Montessori’s finding that children are naturally eager to learn and capable of initiating learning in a supportive, thoughtfully prepared learning environment. The Montessori classroom includes multiage groupings that foster peer learning, uninterrupted blocks of work time, and guided choice of work — using specially designed Montessori materials — that inspire and excite children to learn. Classroom areas include practical life, sensorial, math, science, language, and cultural studies.

Our low student-to-teacher ratios enable us to provide a premier Montessori experience to our Early Childhood students. Our Toddler ratio is 4 students to 1 teacher. In Preschool through Sixth Grade, the ratio is 8:1. These are real ratios, numbers you will see directly reflected in our classrooms.

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