Our Program

"Our aim is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his innermost core." - Maria Montessori

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Imagine a classroom where each child works at his own pace, absorbing and mastering new concepts when he is ready for them.

Imagine a teacher who follows your child’s progress, and allows her to work on each concept for as long as she needs, and then ensures her personal mastery before introducing the next level.

Imagine spending quality time in the afternoon with your child, letting him spend his afternoon hours riding bikes and climbing trees, instead of caught in a homework power-struggle.

Imagine a classroom where children are motivated by feeling successful at having mastered each new skill, proudly telling themselves “I can do it!” Instead of only memorizing the information necessary to get an ‘A’.

Imagine the sense of personal contentment your son will have when he doesn’t have to be measured against the progress and better grades his peers are making, or feel bored waiting for everyone else to catch up.

Imagine a new life for your child and for your family.

Imagine your family at Saint Clare's.

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Hands-On. Explorative Learning. 

At Saint Clare's we are committed to providing an authentic Montessori experience rooted in the Catholic tradition and inspired by exploration of the natural world.  At the core of our program is a deep reverence for the child and his own unique journey of "becoming".  We believe as Maria Montessori did, that sparking interest and enthusiasm in a child are the key to unlocking a life long love of learning.  

Our days are structured with a wonderfully home-like rhythm.  We sing together as we work and pray, prepare shared meals together and enjoy the seasons with stories and saints' day festivals which breathe life into our days.

Our program provides the children with a rich learning environment which they are encouraged to move through freely.  Rather than sitting at solitary desks, children are encouraged to collaborate and given the freedom to explore and engage their environment, which they do with enthusiasm, without the promise of reward or threat of punishment.  The classic Montessori three hour work period allows each child to delve deeply into his work, learning and accomplishing much more than a teacher would normally require.

The Montessori combined age classroom enables students to work academically at their own unique developmental stage rather than in strict grade levels.  Our children learn to interact in a diverse mixed-age environment, providing invaluable opportunities for peer-to-peer learning and genuine leadership roles. 

 
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Primary (ages 3 - 6)

TK & kindergarten: Monday - friday, 8:30 am - 2:50 pm

3 - 5 day/week half day and full day programs available for pre-K students beginning fall 2019

The primary class, often called "the children's house," is an opportunity for children to discover their incredible capabilities.  Young children are incredibly sensorial and our hands-on materials are designed to satisfy their inner drive to touch everything!  The classroom environment is calm and peaceful and allows freedom to explore, work individually as well as with classmates, and begin to understand the fundamentals of peace-making.  Integral to our program is time spent exploring outdoors, investigating the world and the wonders of imaginative play.  Through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, each child is able to explore her own unique relationship with our loving God, as well as grow in her personal development of the virtues of peace, patience, kindness, gentleness and self-control.

The children's house is comprised of five main areas of explorative learning: 

  • Sensorial - hands on experience making order with the five senses

  • Practical Life - care of self, care of the environment, grace & courtesy, gaining independence & concentration

  • Language Arts - the beginnings of phonetics, writing, grammar and composition

  • Mathematics - counting, arithmetic operations, geometry (shapes & planes), memory work, decimal system

  • Cultural Studies - geography, zoology, science, botany & Spanish

Mommy & Me Class

currently available for 3 and 4-year-olds.

A parent or guardian must be on site to participate. Contact us for more details.

 

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Elementary (ages 6 -12)

Monday - friday, 8:30 am - 2:50 pm 

An elementary child desires to know not just ‘what,’ but ‘how’ and ‘why,’ and is filled with curiosity about the world.  This is heightened by his ability to explore not only with his senses but also with his reasoning mind and imagination.  Each year, elementary students are introduced to a series of “Great Lessons” which introduce the six major subject areas:  mathematics, language, geography, biology, history, and geometry. These stories introduce fundamental concepts, while subsequent lessons invite the child to study each area in more detail, coming to understand the interconnectedness of the universe.

The elementary years are a time of great personal and social growth.  The child’s growth is aided through the Montessori concept of “going-outs” in which children plan trips into the community, building upon research begun in the classroom, coming to understand not only their place as members of their own families but also as part of a larger society.  During the elementary years, children enter a sensitive period for moral formation which is fostered both through social learning experiences in the classroom and also through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd.  A focus on service and stewardship, as well the incorporation of music, Spanish language, and art into the curriculum, and yearly theatre productions aid in the formation of the whole child: intellectually, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

If you have never experienced a Montessori elementary classroom at work, you are in for a treat.  In a word, it is 'magical'.  There is a low hum of activity and movement as students explore, work with incredible focus, collaborate, and move freely and purposefully about the classroom.