Elementary Program

Wilmington Montessori School's Elementary Program consists of classes separated into two levels: ages 6-9 (first through third grade) and 9-12 (fourth through sixth grade). 

Our curriculum supports all children, nurturing their gifts and supporting their challenges, and builds upon a child's early childhood experience as the basis for academic learning.

Our Rigorous Academic Program

Wilmington Montessori School's elementary curriculum incorporates best practices from the most current educational research into tried and true Montessori techniques. The program supports the development of 21st-century skills including the use of integrated technology, ensuring that students are well-prepared for their future.

The program continues to focus on the development of the whole child with an increased emphasis on academics. Mixed-age groupings and the wide range in levels of materials available to the children provide a challenge for the most able student, opportunities for review as needed and the flexibility to support a variety of learning styles. Students may work independently, in pairs or in small groups, as the task requires. This individualized approach is designed to meet each child's academic needs while developing organization and concentration skills. Students are accountable for managing their time and learning to use their time and classroom resources wisely. 

Language Arts

The elementary program's language arts curriculum encourages students to write and read for both pleasure and communication. Students grow to appreciate and understand a variety of genres.

Areas of skills taught with developmentally appropriate emphasis include phonics and decoding, reading comprehension, vocabulary development and critical thinking, reading for research and writing in a variety of styles including personal narrative, memoir, persuasive essay, research, journalism and poetry.


Through the Montessori Method, math concepts are explored concretely through hands-on materials, progressing to abstract thinking and learning. Elementary students become independent problem-solvers who can explain and justify their mathematical thinking. This may be achieved through developing increased knowing of complex operations, patterns, pre-algebra, measurement, geometry and probability.

Our Homework Policy

Homework is an important part of the school experience for children in the Elementary Program. Parents should expect some homework every night for children in these grades. There will occasionally be projects that will be due over a period of time that students need to plan for and complete.


Montessori classrooms focus assessment at the classroom level. Reading, writing and math continuums help teachers track children's progress in these areas. Teachers use daily observations and interactions with children supported with classroom embedded assessment tools used across the school community to inform instruction and communicate with parents about children's progress on a regular basis. Conferences are held twice a year and narrative progress reports are prepared in January and at the close of the year.

Beginning in the third grade, students participate annually in Educational Record Bureau (ERB) testing. These results help the school to evaluate the program as a whole, and also provide additional information about individual students' learning needs. For additional information about assessments in the Elementary Program, please contact Assistant Head of School Laurie Orsic.

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