Lower Elementary

The Lower Elementary Curriculum

Children in the Downtown Montessori Academy Lower Elementary program enjoy multi-age classes (grades one, two, and three) and a three-year cycle of study. With a low student/teacher ratio and with the help of assistants, a teacher can give patient attention to each student, and can determine a student’s learning style and interests. Students learn abstract concepts by working with Montessori materials, and the Lower Elementary lessons require self discipline and enhance the student’s ability to concentrate.

Students have opportunities to mix with their peers from other classes at certain times throughout the day. The school day allows for blocks of concentrated work (individually, in pairs or, in small groups) in the Montessori Curriculum which includes five areas of study: Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Math and Culture (science, history, geography, art, music). Downtown Montessori Academy utilizes the Macmillan Reading Program and has established separate reading and language classes based on a child’s reading and writing ability.

Lower Elementary students also participate in physical education and in the Urban Ecology Center’s Neighborhood Environmental Education Program (NEEP).

Lower Elementary School Day

All Lower Elementary programs are five days per week. School day hours are:

Before School Care (optional) 7:00 AM – 8:45 AM
Classes Begin 8:45 AM
Dismissal 3:30 PM
After School Care (optional) 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
After School Programs (optional) 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM


Lower Elementary Enrichment

  • Urban Ecology Center
  • Demo Night
  • After School Programs (Brownies, Girl Scouts, Violin, Lego Club, Woodworking, Spanish Club)