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Lower School

Grades K–5 Bring your enthusiasm & your boots!

Enthusiasm is a supernatural serenity.
Henry David Thoreau

Children show up with enthusiasm; it is their natural state. And it’s our job as teachers, to channel their buoyancy into enduring habits of mind, body, and spirit. When children come to school knowing that every day will be a new adventure without limits, they make it so.

Montgomery School is a safe place to grow up. As children start to gain a sense of self and a more acute awareness of others, they are supported in their personal expressions of who they are and who they are becoming. We don’t expect children to be “finished products.” We have created a learning environment specifically for where children are developmentally, and their growth—intellectual, social, and physical—is a thoughtful and lovingly guided process.

A typical day (there’s really no such thing) starts at 8:30 with morning greetings and handshakes and ends at 3:15 with cheerful “see you tomorrows.” In between, whether tromping through the woods in a science class, on the classroom floor writing a story with a friend, in the art studio sculpting a self-portrait, or on the athletic field mastering a new soccer drill, lower schoolers are constantly finding ways to apply their new knowledge.

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Highlights

  • Singapore Math
    (PreK - 5th Grade)
  • Six Traits of Writing
    (1st - 5th grade)
  • Jr. Great Books
    (3rd - 5th grade)
  • Fundations
    (Pre-K - 2nd grade)

A Day in
Lower School

8:15 - Arrival
8:30 - Morning Meeting or Chapel
9:00 - Special area subject (Music, Gym, Art, French, Library, Science, or Guidance lesson)
9:45 - Math or Language Arts (students are taught in ability based groups in fifth grade with the two fifth grade teachers)
10:30 - Foreign Language
11:15 - Lunch
11:45 - Recess
12:00 - Math or  Language Arts
12:45 - Special area subject (Music, Gym, Art, French, Library, Science, or Guidance lesson)
1:30 - Snack break
1:45 - Social Studies/ Character Lesson/ Writing Exercise
2:00 - Social Studies/ Character Lesson/ Writing Exercise
2:45 - Pack up, review homework
3:15 - Dismissal