Gladwyne Montessori's Elementary program is an integral part of our students’ academic journey. As a direct continuation of all of the skills a child develops in Primary, the new classroom community provides a new environment in which to explore and be inspired. The three-year development process seen in Primary will begin again, yet with a new sense of confidence and curiosity.
Within the classroom, children have the freedom to walk, stand, get a drink, use the bathroom, all at will, at any time they deem necessary for their own bodies. Teachers do not control the timing of their activities, nor the activity itself, preparing them for the reality of the unpredictable nature of life. Instead, the teacher presents an individualized overview plan based on the curriculum and designed according to observation and record-keeping of each child. This individualized learning allows students to learn at their own pace and receive lessons specific to their learning style. To ensure that every child completes the full curriculum by the end of the year, teachers spend considerable one on one time with each student. This flexibility and individuality cannot be found in any other school on the Main Line for elementary-aged learners.
Through our elementary program’s curriculum, our students advance academically well beyond their same-aged peers at our neighboring schools. Students who complete our program gain an impressive depth of understanding and mastery across all subjects which makes our students extraordinary contributors at all schools who are fortunate to receive them once they complete our program.
Additionally, our students are able to excel without the pressures of an externally driven competitive environment. As a result, our students gain a strong appreciation for holding themselves accountable for extraordinary effort and work. This intrinsic motivation yields a healthy, happy, emotionally mature child who possesses a profound desire to excel in a way that is rarely found elsewhere.
“Imagination does not become great until human beings, given the courage and strength, use it to create.”