By providing single grade Elementary classes, our teachers are able to provide a focused curriculum to your child, without the confusion of delivering two grades of curriculum at once. Your child is in an environment where they are surrounded by peers of the same age whom are learning the same curriculum. Their socialization and interaction with classmates increases.
Time spent each day in a classroom is optimizied. For example, in a single Grade Three class, the teacher would teach Grade Three math concepts. In a multi-grade classroom of Grade Two and Three, the teacher would need to decide to teach Grade Two or Three concepts, or bits of both.
While this may be advantageous for the younger grade to learn advanced curriculum, some students may struggle without having first learned the prerequisite material. The older grade may be at a disadvantage for having to review material at a grade level lower.
In any given classroom children will exhibit a range of difference in ages, interests, abilities, and achievement. In a multi-grade classroom, the potential differences along all of these dimensions is much greater.
Ultimately, a single grade classroom ensures that your child is taught the appropriate currculum, at the approiate time, with the upmost attention and support from their teacher.
In the multi-grade classroom, more time must be spent in organizing and planning for instruction. This is required if the teacher wants to meet the individual needs of students and successfully monitor student progress.
Please note: Our Montessori Preschool classrooms include students who are three, four, and five years of age. The Montessori philosophy and method of teaching fosters a loving, independent environment tailored to the individual needs and development of each student. Mixed ages at this stage provides an abundance of opportunities for learning, helping to create a sense of community where everyone contributes to and takes responsibility for the functioning and maintenance of the environment (classroom). The older children provide leadership and guidance, and act as models for the younger children; they benefit by helping the younger children, reinforcing skills and knowledge previously learned, and gain satisfaction and self-worth by helping others.