Toddler Community

Our Toddler Community is a uniquely beautiful and special area of our campus, serving children ages 18 months through 3 years. When your toddler joins this community, she's immediately welcomed into a beautiful, calm, and peaceful environment that is designed with her in mind. Every detail, from the natural light, low orderly shelving, and child-sized furniture is prepared to create a sense of serenity and warmth.

The Toddler classroom is set up much like a home, with distinct areas that are designated for preparing and eating food, changing clothes, toileting, working, and enjoying personal activities. This offers each Toddler the opportunity to grow in independence, language development, care of self, and learning how to live in a community.

During this stage of development, children are eager to grow in independence in self-care (eating, dressing, toileting) and in caring for their surroundings (washing, sweeping). We give them the opportunity to explore these interests under the guidance of a specially-trained teacher, who helps them develop their motor skills, hand/eye coordination, and other important skills through the use of thoughtful, beautiful material. We also focus on language development through songs, books, pictures, and conversations with one another. 

primary community

Our Primary Community is the educational home to children ages 3-6, including our Kindergarteners. This mixed-age classroom provides the opportunity for younger children to learn from their older peers who have already mastered certain concepts, and for older children to share their knowledge with their younger friends. It also mimics the natural collaboration that occurs in households with multiple children.

In the Montessori Primary community, everything is designed with the child in mind. Peaceful, neutral colors create a sense of calm and support focus by eliminating distracting stimuli. Tables and chairs, dishes and glasses, shelving, and materials are all appropriately sized and accessible to the child. Here, children are encouraged to do their work on floor tables or work mats, which allow for freedom of movement and define the student’s workspace while reinforcing Montessori's principle of "freedom within limits".

In the Primary classroom, children master abstract concepts by handling concrete materials that are designed to help them learn through visual, auditory, and tactile presentations. The Montessori-trained teacher guides each child individually through self-directed learning and development. Children choose their work from among self-correcting materials displayed on open shelves in the classroom, which is divided into six areas: Practical Life, Sensorial, Mathematics, Language, Cultural and The Atrium (this is the center for the teaching of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd). Within this carefully prepared environment, children are allowed to master concepts at their own pace and develop a joy for learning.

One of the most important lessons that our young friends learn and implement immediately is that of giving respect and showing courtesy to others. These basic ideas shape the culture of the classroom and contribute to the peaceful environment that is so noticeable as the children work together.

lower elementary

We are pleased to offer an amazing educational experience to children in our Lower Elementary community (grades 1-3).

This multi-aged classroom is an ideal setting to introduce the philosophy of the “Cosmic Education” as described by Maria Montessori, which utilizes The Great Lessons. At their essence, The Great Lessons are stories that present broad themes from natural and human history and spark curiosity, wonder, and a desire to learn more within the child. This approach emphasizes the interconnectedness of many things that children observe and learn, such as Math, Language, Zoology, Botany, Science, Geometry, and World Cultures. The Great Lessons deliver an overview, and the children explore the disciplines in depth. Because of the unifying thread of the Great Lessons, no subject is studied in isolation from the others.

Students build on the concrete ideas established within their Primary years, but begin to explore more abstract ideas within their educational interests in order to master concepts. Instead of compartmentalizing learning by focusing on one classroom subject at a time, our Lower Elementary friends are encouraged to explore all aspects of a subject of interest. There is no cap on learning in our Lower Elementary classroom, and our students constantly amaze us at their dedicated pursuit of knowledge!

While our Lower Elementary students learn to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the natural world and the historic accomplishments of humanity, they develop a sense of their own individual responsibility and potential to enhance their natural and cultural environments. When coupled with our Catechesis of the Good Shepherd curriculum for spiritual development, our students begin to understand the value of their faith, families, and community.

In addition to this rich classroom curriculum, our Lower Elementary students also enjoy exposure to art, music, field trips, volunteer work and community-wide leadership.

upper elementary

At Holy Trinity Montessori, grades 4-6 join together to form our Upper Elementary community. In this classroom, students continue to experience their academic, social, and moral development in a beautifully designed environment filled with captivating and purposeful materials. Our curriculum allows every child to move through each subject area at a pace that supports his or her mastery of the topic, which builds confidence and self-esteem. Although children are in a more advanced stage of growth, they still experience the wonder, joy, and sense of accomplishment that accompany new discoveries and concepts.

In our Upper Elementary classroom, you'll find in-depth research, consistent engagement, work that reflects the transition in which concrete concepts reach abstract fruition, experiential learning, challenging projects, industry and creativity, deep and meaningful relationships, respect and courtesy, and a love for learning. Our focus is to measure each child's personal progress rather than preparing her for a test. By learning the "why" and not just the "how," the child receives an educational foundation that prepares her for the more rigorous and demanding work ahead in the middle and high school years.

Upper Elementary students also learn how to navigate the social changes that accompany this stage of development. Within the carefully established environment of respect, grace, and courtesy of their classroom community, children learn how to develop critical interpersonal and leadership skills.

Beyond academics, our Upper Elementary friends enjoy a wide variety of well-rounded activities that support their physical, emotional, spiritual, and social health and growth.

adolescent community

(middle school)

Adolescence is defined as the period when a child transitions from childhood to young adulthood. Beginning at age 12 or 13, the young adolescent’s work is to create personal mission and vision. As we know, "to be a successful adult, you must be learning from adults.” This period is a time of “valorization,” where the student should be valued and “seen” within their classroom community throughout all aspects of their educational journey.

As the student enters and engages in the 2-year cycle of the Montessori Adolescent Community, his or her experiences support not only the academic process, but social, emotional, and physical growth as well. As students are held to a high level of accountability, they develop a great sense of responsibility and from within this process comes much freedom.

Middle School ushers in a new level of independence, which is encouraged in the Montessori environment through work cycle, choices, and planning. Within this overview, the student has open time to collaborate on both self-initiated and instructor-initiated projects and lessons. Large group presentations also are included for community building and learning.

The following curriculum areas are offered in the Montessori middle school:

Social sciences, science, geography, language arts, mathematics, micro-economies, practical life experiences, fine arts, humanities, and farming/outdoors.

Service programs are also a big component of the Montessori middle school experience. These include “going out” experiences such as working in a soup kitchen, farming as a community venture, mentorships in the workplace, and more. These experiences provide the adolescent a combined vocational and liberal arts curriculum with a particular emphasis on economic enterprise. Traveling as a community is valuable for the extended independence of the adolescent as each one begins to grow and separate from their daily environment and parents/families.

At Holy Trinity Montessori, our Adolescent Community experiences a space that is second to none. Students enjoy a beautifully prepared classroom, a full kitchen, garden beds, a farm element (chickens and goats), and thirty-eight acres of land to explore, including hiking trails, a creek, and a student-created maker space.