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“The teacher, when she begins work in our schools, must have a kind of faith that the child will reveal himself through work.”

-Maria Montessori

Upper Elementary

Ages 9-12 (Grades 4-6)

The Montessori curriculum emphasizes hands-on, experiential learning.The Upper Elementary program at Amherst Montessori School provides the educational environment that engages the child’s natural curiosity, and fosters each child’s sense of themselves and the community.  At ages 6-12, children have entered what Montessori termed the "second plane of development." In this second plane they are developing a sense of themselves as part of a social group. Through their interactions, they learn collaboration, accountability, and adaptability while constructing an internal set of moral values. With imagination and reason, they are driven to learn by their own questions about how and why the world works the way it does.

At Amherst Montessori School, our students are encouraged to take risks and pursue learning while exploring new ways to investigate, research and share their experiences with their peers and teachers.  We provide a rich curriculum in language, math, sciences, and history, individualized for each child so that he or she may continue to work at his or her own pace with time to pursue interests that are unique to them.  Our small class size fosters social problem-solving and full participation from all members in creating our community.  Here your child’s voice is heard and respected by teachers and peers alike, for each voice contributes to the wealth of our community.

The Elementary workday incorporates a traditional three-hour work cycle in the morning. Afternoons are dedicated to special study in Spanish, art, music, and physical education.

The Upper Elementary program is Monday - Friday, 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. with after care available every day.

Learning Outside the Classroom: "Going Out" Program & Field Trips

Upper Elementary students learn about historic trades during a field trip to Historic Deerfield.At Amherst Montessori School our belief is that the classroom serves as the center but not the boundary for the child's education. When exploration of a curriculum topic demands additional resources outside of the classroom, the children will utilize the offerings of our greater community and "go out" of the classroom to seek answers.

The “going out” program at Amherst Montessori School empowers children to be comfortable navigating the world. Small groups of children work together to schedule the outing, arrange for their own transportation and supervision, and prepare themselves for the experience. “Going out" supports the development of valuable life skills such as communication and organization. A great sense of self-pride, responsibility, and independence is fostered when children successfully go out of the classroom to expand their learning and complete their work.

Exploring and utilizing the world outside the classroom are integral components of the Amherst Montessori School Elementary experience. Our students "go out" to the public library, to museums, to local businesses and they consult with experts when needed.

Field trips also take place as a large group and are often organized in partnership with the guide and the children. Amherst Montessori School elementary students attend plays and concerts; visit museums, local farms and gardens, and outdoor centers. In addition to arts and cultural experiences, the children will spend time outside to engage directly with the natural world.