Our primary classroom is in session Monday through Friday, from 8:30am to 3:30pm. Children may be dropped off between 8:15am and 8:30am, and attend 5 days a week. In 2019-20, we will offer aftercare. For three year-olds, there is an optional early pickup at 1pm. The primary classroom has 18 children, a Lead Guide, and an Assistant Guide, with an adult to child ratio of 1:9. Children do not need to have completed toilet learning to attend.
The primary classroom fees for 2019-20 are:
$18,880.00 8:30am to 3:30pm
$17,380.00 8:30am to 1:00pm
In the primary classroom, children enjoy a three-hour morning work period, choosing activities of interest independently. District Montessori provides snack foods each day; children take turns preparing the snack for the community, and each child is free to eat snack as desired during the morning work period. We take a walk and have an outdoor play period together; later, we eat lunch, practicing our table manners, etiquette, and the art of conversation. Younger children have a naptime / rest period after lunch, while older children have another chance to work with the Montessori materials during the afternoon work period.
As in our toddler classroom, the Lead and Assistant Teachers (called Guides) work to provide a joyful and supportive environment, give children individual and group lessons, allow the children freedom to explore, and help to build a peaceful community.
We are pleased to offer a no-commitment program for parents in terms of volunteering. Our Lead and Assistant Guides are happy to assist and support the children in the classroom. We also welcome parents to observe the classroom and to volunteer when we need help with special activities and field trips.