Age: 6 – 12 Years

The Community Montessori Elementary level program was established in 2004 to meet the needs expressed by parents for quality Montessori education continuing through the elementary level. Our lower and upper elementary classes for students ages 6 to 12 years old extend and expand upon the Montessori Primary level experience. This full Montessori program offers a wide range of exciting, challenging, intellectual and social opportunities in a unique and special learning environment.

Students enter the lower elementary upon recommendation of their Primary Directress. Students are usually prepared to begin this work at age 6 or 7 years old, however, acceptance is based on the developmental level of the student and not necessarily on age.



Multi-level age groups continue in the Elementary level. Elementary level classrooms are grouped with students six to nine years of age and nine to twelve years of age. The curriculum provides a vision of the universe and everyone’s place in it through the interdisciplinary studies of science, geography, history, creative writing, math, geometry, art and drama. Montessori encourages independent work and individual responsibility as well as cooperative learning in an environment specifically prepared and with teachers especially prepared for this purpose.

Our Elementary class is a transitional one: the student, filled with concepts, will soon reason with them. They are passing from sensorial dependence to intellectual independence. The Elementary environment recognizes this and gradually reduces the support and structure, which were both useful and necessary to the Primary level student. There are specific curriculum areas, which are now approached from different aspects.


Work is done in a three-hour work cycle, where the children have ample time to engross themselves in work, thereby building valuable concentration skills. Children are shown classroom materials in the various areas of the classroom as they demonstrate that they are ready through one-on-one lessons with the Directress. Once a lesson has been shown, the child is welcome to do the work over and over again. Repetition is a recognized tool in mastering a skill.

Throughout the school year, parents have many opportunities to become informed about the Montessori approach to learning their child is experiencing. Through Parent Information Nights, Parent/Child Mornings, Parent/Directress Conferences and classroom observations, parents are informed and kept well abreast of the happenings in their child’s education at CMS.

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Traditional School Calendar

Community Montessori School is open from 7:30am-5:30pm weekdays.

Our classrooms are in session daily from 8:30am-3:00pm.
The school year normally starts mid-August and typically runs through the end of May.

Schedule of Day

Full-day and All-day (which include Before & After Care) programming options are Monday-Friday:
7:30am-8:30am – Before Care (for All-day students)

8:20am-8:35am – Morning drop-off via carline
3:00pm-3:15pm – Afternoon dismissal via carline
3:00pm-5:30pm – After Care (for All-day students)

2017 -2018 Elementary Program Tuition Rates

Full Day Program

  • 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
  • No before/after care
  • No summer program

All Day Program

  • 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • *Includes before/after care
  • No summer program

• A non-refundable fee of $400 is required with new contracts to reserve a space for your student.
• Tuition payments made in 10- or 12-month increments through online FACTS payment system.
• Siblings receive a 10 percent discount on the lowest tuition rate.

• All programs and fees are based on a five-day week.
• Half-day or full-year programs are not available for elementary students