"Ages six to twelve: It is a period of growth unaccompanied by other change. The child is calm and happy. Mentally, he is in a state of health, strength and assured stability.  - Maria Montessori

Lower Elementary Program (ages 6 – 9 years)

    • To enter Lower Elementary, the child must be 6 years by September 1st
    • We have one Lower Elementary classroom, The Maple Room
    • Lower Elementary students attend school 5 days a week, from 8:30 to 3:00
    • There are 24 to 29 students in the class
    • Two trained Montessori teachers direct the class and are supported by two trained assistant teachers
    • Spanish, Music, and P.E. teachers complete the staff
    • Enrichment is available before and after class

Upper Elementary Program (ages 9 – 12 years)

    • Children enter at the 4th grade level
    • We have one Upper Elementary classroom, The Sequoia Room
    • Upper Elementary students attend school 5 days a week, from 8:30 to 3:00
    • There are typically 20-25 students in the class
    • Two trained Montessori teachers direct the class, supported by one trained teacher.
    • Spanish, Music, Art and P.E. teachers complete the staff
    • Enrichment is available before and after class

The Elementary student is ripe for the bigger concepts, more abstract thinking, and greater connection of ideas that this plane of development invites. The role of the teacher is to strike the imagination...and bring the child into this new world of learning.

The Elementary Program offers individualized instruction and discussion-oriented lessons, covering math, language, botany, zoology, geography and history.  Children develop a solid mastery of material in these core areas.  Physical education, fine arts, music and Spanish are also important aspects of the curriculum.

The development of concentration and time management empowers each child with a sense of responsibility for his own learning.  The multi-age classrooms (1st through 3rd and 4th through 6th) allow students to serve as tutors and role models for one another, reinforcing both academic and social skills.

The sense of community and self-esteem flourish as students care for their environment and work together to establish rules to solve group and individual problems.  These experiences are all stepping stones toward developing an understanding of and responsibility toward the local and world communities.  Upon graduation from the Elementary Program, Sunrise students easily make the transition to middle school.  Proudly, confidently, they step out into the world with the skills and desire to learn, make good choices and contribute positively throughout their lives.