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Upper Elementary

9 - 12 Years

The Upper Elementary Program at FMS offers students ages 9 to 12 a customized learning experience. The Upper elementary is designed to have smaller class sizes with a maximum teacher-to-student ratio of 1:8, allowing for many opportunities for individualized attention and to foster self-paced learning.

Our goal is for the students to reach their fullest potential in all areas, so they can move forward with confidence in who they are and in their individual abilities — especially as they advance into their next level of academia successfully. The elementary curriculum integrates history, geography, math, geometry, algebra, the sciences, language and literature which allows the children to see the interconnectedness of all subjects. The students receive lessons from their teachers and are then tasked to complete follow-up activities that synthesize their learning. Depending on the assignment, the follow-up work may be done individually or collaboratively with their peers. Cooperative work in groups is an important part of the Montessori philosophy. It is in these groups that students have opportunities for lively discussions, problem solving and decision making while learning how to work with others. Skills important for success in school and beyond.

In Montessori, we explore the academic areas a little differently — and at times, go more in-depth — compared to a more traditional scholastic environment. For example, Montessori places more emphasis on Science and Math during the elementary years. It would not be unusual to have an Upper Elementary student creating an Imaginary Island, complete with biomes, flora & fauna, and cartography including special land and water forms, learning about the Pythagorean Theorem or the Advanced Decanomial Sequence (based on the European math model), finding the square root of a number without use of materials, in addition to their regular standards of Science and Math.

In addition to our regular classroom lessons, here at Fountainhead we also offer students time to explore the expertise of specialists in their language choice of either Spanish or Mandarin; spend time exploring the world of visual Art; sing and move while learning about music notation, dynamics, and theory concepts in Music; learn all about botany while digging, planting and exploring in the Garden; work out while learning about different sports with our P.E. teacher; and spend time conducting experiments in the Science lab, all as part of our regular class day!

Three very important stages of development occur in the elementary years: The transition of the child’s mind from concrete to abstract reasoning, the birth of a moral sense, and an intensified interest to explore the natural and social environments of their world. The emotional aspects of the elementary students play an important role in their development. We help the students understand how to work, fit in and be a part of a community in a positive and productive way. At this level, we do not shy away from difficulties or issues; instead, we work through them in a healthy manner. Character lessons and team building creates an ever-changing and engaging environment. Each year, we create a group Mission Statement, and discuss and make the rules of the classroom. Emphasis is placed on the classroom as the students’ community—therefore, they must play an integral role in how it should be experienced.

The best way to learn about Montessori and learning about Fountainhead Montessori School’s Upper Elementary Program is to come spend some time at our state of the art school. We offer a flexible tour schedule where you will get a chance to visit each classroom and level. Seeing the children work in their environments is priceless! The Montessori environment is alive with movement and filled with materials that are appealing and designed to meet the developmental needs of each child. We invite you to schedule a tour today!

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Upper Elementary Daily Schedule

  • 8:30 AM

    Arrival/Head to Class

  • 8:35 - 8:45 AM

    Yoga

  • 8:45 - 9:00 AM

    Library

  • 9:00 - 11:45 AM

    General group and individual lessons (grammar, word study, math, cultural, etc.). Each child will have their own work plan with their assignments for the week. Some assignments will be follow-up work and some will be individual lessons that will be given. Students have the flexibility to organize their work time as they would like.

  • 11:45 - 12:00 PM

    Daily Typing

  • 12:00 - 1:00 PM

    Lunch and Recess

  • 1:00 - 3:25 PM

    Afternoon Enrichments – See Daily Enrichment Schedule

  • 3:30 PM

    Dismissal

Daily Enrichment Schedule

  • Monday Yoga, Garden, and Physical Education
  • Tuesday Yoga, Music, and Spanish/Mandarin Immersion
  • Wednesday Yoga, Science (Sequoia and Distance Learning), and Spanish/Mandarin Immersion
  • Thursday Yoga, Literature Group, and Spanish/Mandarin Immersion
  • Friday Yoga, Art, and Spanish/Mandarin Immersion

Is Montessori right for my child?

Observe a class and see if Fountainhead is the best placement for your family. By observing a class, you will get a feel for the environment and curriculum. Feel free to observe multiple classrooms to make sure you have the best fit possible for your child.

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