In the Pre-Primary Montessori program, 3- and 4-year-old children engage in learning along many dimensions.

Whether exposed to Montessori in Stepping Stones, or new to Montessori and new to school, the program emphasizes Practical Life (self-control and negotiating the immediate environment) and Sensorial (experiencing through the senses in a structured fashion) as foundations for learning academic skills.

Through individual and small- group lessons of 3 to 4 children, our Pre-Primary Montessori program provides children the opportunity to learn arithmetic, writing and reading.

Under the guidance of credentialed Montessori teachers, each day each child chooses his own work – some may focus on letters and sounds, others on counting, others on practical life activities like sorting or pouring.

Through careful and comprehensive recordkeeping, teachers in the class know each child’s level of mastery in each learning area and provide each child with lessons that are appropriate and timely for that specific child.

The Montessori Method employs mixed-age classes, usually with at least a 3-year age span. Our Pre-Primary Montessori program is integrated with our Montessori Kindergarten program in such a class, exposing younger students who are ready for more complex and challenging lessons and skills.


Students in our Pre-Primary Montessori Program also benefit from weekly programs in Spanish and Art, taught by specialists.

Pre-Primary Phase-in

Most of our Pre-Primary Montessori students are new to school and new to Montessori. We employ a phase-in process that allows students new to the program to come to school for one week before returning students join them. This allows new students to acclimate to school in a smaller group and get to know the teachers and the school routines. It also gives our teachers a chance to get to know and more accurately assess new students with several days to observe and interact. The first day, new students come to the classroom with one parent, to facilitate separation and for new parents to meet one another.

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