It’s official: Garden City is expanding through grade 5 this fall. Manda Davis will lead our Upper Elementary and she is so well prepared for this position! She is a Montessori student herself, and has training and experience at both the Primary and Elementary 1 levels. In addition to her work in Montessori, Manda has a masters in Curriculum and Teaching from the University of Montana, and as begun work on a doctorate from Columbia University. Over the course of next year she will complete requirements for American Montessori Society Elementary 2 Certification.
In the coming months we’ll prepare a beautiful classroom space for 10 students. With 8 spots spoken for already, we are able to enroll just 2 additional students. This is an incredible opportunity for your child to become fully prepared for middle school via an outstanding Montessori education. The Montessori Elementary 2 curriculum is specifically designed to meet the developmental needs of children ages 9-12. While the work in Elementary 1, ages 6-9, is extensively supported by the Montessori manipulative materials, students in the upper elementary transition to more abstract thinking, utilizing books and other resources to conduct independent research projects which naturally incorporate language, math, and scientific reasoning.
Children at this stage of development have enormous potential for intellectual, social, and emotional growth. The Elementary 2 program offers a comprehensive approach to meeting the academic needs of this age group while providing an abundance of opportunities to explore and understand the community through field trips and various outreach activities. Confidence and a strong self-esteem are defining marks of Montessori education this level. We look forward to learning alongside our upper elementary students as we launch this exciting new program.