The Montessori curriculum is an integrated, holistic approach that is designed to help each child reach his or her full potential. At Renaissance, studies are integrated not only in terms of subject matter but in terms of moral learning and Catholic faith formation.
Elementary Program Tuition
Monday through Friday (8:15am – 3:00pm)
For ages 6½ to 12 years old
The elementary program provides a full expression of the Montessori principles of self-directed, individualized learning in a truly integrated curriculum.
By building on basic skills acquired through the manipulation of specially prepared materials, the elementary
child moves from the concrete to abstract reasoning.
Dr. Maria Montessori developed an educational process that begins with using manipulatives (hands-on materials that demonstrate a learning concept) and progresses to representational materials (pictures), finally to abstract thinking. This process is based on the child’s own developmental phases. These beautiful concrete materials are used throughout the entire curriculum including math, reading, grammar, writing, spelling, geography, history, and natural and physical science. The multi-sensory materials are sequential and self-correcting which cultivates independence, builds self-esteem and creates self-directed learners.
The elementary program offers individualized instruction, which means that the child may work and be helped on an individual basis. Individualized learning establishes more exclusive contact between the child, the teacher, and the work. The Montessori method of teaching takes each child where he is, and encourages him to develop at his own pace using the materials described above. No child feels pressure to conform or feels he or she is performing better than or worse than their peers, because the children all understand they are each working at their own pace. Grades, as understood in a traditional school, are not given out. The children compare their work to their work goals, and works to improve from there. This environment encourages children to love learning for its own sake.
Interpersonal skills become increasingly important as students move through the elementary program. Our elementary program operates from the understanding that an important challenge at this developmental stage is for children to discover their places in a group and within society as a whole. Thus, many of the activities at the elementary level take place in a group, with children sharing, working, and exploring materials together. The Montessori method offers many opportunities during the day for both individual and group learning activities. Children learn to interact with each other in a natural social environment, free of artificial competition. They discover that it is desirable to work together, to help each other out, and the result is they learn more than they otherwise would in a traditional, competitive environment. Because students are naturally curious and interested in learning, every effort is made to encourage this through a non-competitive atmosphere.
Dr. Montessori identified stages of development in 3-year increments for children from birth through 24 years of age. Montessori classes are structured around these natural stages of development rather than traditional grade level structuring. This affords each student the opportunity to work on different levels of difficulty depending on the individual’s skills and interests; rather than being restricted by artificial grade level barriers. Children remain in the same class for three years at a time. This creates trust in the teachers and the classroom environment, encourages a sense of community, encourages long-term friendships, and essentially frees children from many social concerns so that they can focus on their academic development.”
Sibling discount: 2nd child 10%, 3rd child 15%, 4th child 30%, 5th child 50%, 6th child 75%. Financial aid also is available!
RMS does not offer any extended care.