Program of Studies

Our programs are divided into primary (ages 2 ½ to 6 years) and elementary (ages 6 to 12 years.)

Primary

Serving children ages 2 ½ to six years, each of our Primary classrooms is designed to meet the emerging developmental needs of pre-school-age children. While each classroom has a unique character, all are governed by the core goals of concentration, coordination, independence, and order. Sometimes known as “children’s houses” (after the original Casa Dei Bambini in Rome), each classroom is a home for children. Here a child will find a peaceful, orderly environment, rich in hands-on materials, where he or she can feel free to grow among his or her peers.

These bright, beautiful environments allow free movement and exploration during an extended morning work cycle. Older children experience mid-day special instruction in art, music, PE, and Computer Science, while also taking part in an afternoon work cycle and outside time.

Our 3-year-old children are phased in, giving each child their own start date, so the teacher is able to give full attention to that one child.  Start dates can be any day in September, depending on the child’s readiness.

Our 3- and 4-year-old children are dismissed daily at 11:45 a.m. We do not provide aftercare for these children.

Elementary

The MMS Elementary program is designed to meet the unique needs of children between the ages of six and 12. This “plane” of development is subdivided into two multi-age communities: Lower Elementary (ages 6-9) and Upper Elementary (ages 9-12). The classroom environments are places where the values of independence, cooperation, and self-discipline are emphasized and where education is seen as the ability to concentrate fully, to think critically, to express oneself articulately, explore joyfully, and work purposefully, both individually and as part of a peaceful, cohesive community.

The elementary study is grounded in five "great stories," which give the child a picture of the whole of their learning, then delve more deeply into the detail of mathematics, history, botany, zoology, geography and language arts.

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