Age 6 years
Our Kindergarten program further extends and amplifies the teachings of the Montessori Method to children who are preparing to transition into more mainstream educational systems.
The Stone Ridge Montessori Kindergarten Program is structured on a full-day academic framework. Students in this program will first participate in the Primary Montessori session, typically 9:00 – 11:30 am. Kindergarten students learn leadership skills as they mentor younger students in this mixed age group setting (ages 3 to 6).
Following a recess and lunch break, our Kindergartners begin their afternoon academic session. In this more intimate of settings, only our oldest and most advanced students will get time to further hone their skills in a class environment intended to prepare them for 1st Grade.
During this session, our students are provided increased one-on-one attention, our most challenging academic curriculum, and highest behavioral expectations and standards. Following a break for snack, students will transition from this afternoon Montessori class, to the Montessori Liberal Arts part of their day where they learn culture and art, as well as participate in community projects. This part of the curriculum is intended to ensure our students get a well-rounded and full educational experience.
The typical classroom progression has Montessori students work their way through the Toddler and Primary classes before entering the Kindergarten program. However, it is possible for a new enrollee to apply and secure a space in this program.
Not surprisingly, this last pre-grade school program results in dramatic growth in our students. Students at this level are routinely reading at grade school level, able to complete advanced math exercises including addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students develop strong social and emotional maturity.
Past students of Stone Ridge Montessori have developed a strong track record of impeccable performance at public and private grade school institutions across the Washington Metro area. As such, demand for the Stone Ridge Montessori Kindergarten program is extremely high, applicants are encouraged to apply three to six months in advance of desired start date.