Our Elementary School Classroom
North End Montessori School’s private elementary school campus in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire currently includes first through fourth grade education for children.
Each academic program incorporates innovative teaching practices that honor the developing mind of each individual child. Our teachers facilitate child-directed activities with Montessori methods that emphasize reading, writing, grammar, geography, culture, science, physical education, art, music, mathematics and technology.
Our learning campus currently hosts a student body ranging from toddler childcare programs to students in grades one through four.
Class sizes are typically less than 24 students with two teachers, which is a ratio of one teacher per twelve students.
Our Innovative Teaching Practices
North End Montessori School inspires many educators to study the Montessori method in an effort to get their credentialing. Our school’s multi-aged teachers include a wide range of school administrators, lead teachers plus interns. Many of our teacher assistants are so enthusiastic about Montessori training methods that they pursue further training and earn Montessori certification.
Our school is also proud to be a designated host site for Child Care Aware of America (CCA). We regularly provide professional development workshops and continuing education to early childhood educators and members of the NH Montessori Association when they host trainings on our campus.
Our Unique Education Plans and Supportive Materials
Our spacious classrooms are impeccably clean and thoughtfully organized to support school programs. Specialized Montessori materials are part of our prepared environment that supports 21st century skills at each critical stage of child development.
Our indirect and direct teaching methods and supportive materials are designed to keep learning activities engaging and lively, to instill within each child a lifetime love of learning. In addition to the core curriculum, we offer field trips, enrichment programs, and ski programs.
An Affordable Private School Montessori Education
Unlike other private schools, our straightforward and inclusive classroom tuition represents an unbeatable value. Students benefit from our dedicated academic program and before and after school care.
Elementary School Rates and Schedule
Our elementary school curriculum is certified by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education. Our well-rounded program empowers students to easily transition to traditional models of education.
During the academic year, elementary school students are required by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education to participate in a five day program. Our elementary school rates and schedule are below:
5-Day Elementary School Program
Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. – $205/wk
Monday – Friday, 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. – $225/wk (includes before & after care)
Parents will be notified in advance about expenses not covered by tuition with the option to participate. Additional expenses may include field trips, and enrichment programs directed by outside resources. Families provide snacks and lunch for their student(s).
We encourage involvement of parents and welcome any classroom instruction questions or concerns. Please inquire about our flexible tuition programs and space availability.
We invite you to begin by contacting us to schedule a tour. When you decide to enroll, please complete the enrollment forms. Class sizes are limited due to the individual attention we provide, so early enrollment is encouraged. School administrators will receive your forms and contact you.
Our Lower Elementary School Curriculum
Our lower elementary school curriculum for first through fourth grades incorporates the key elements below. This overview is not a literal or complete scope and sequence of the full elementary curriculum.
We balance the daily activities of our robust curriculum with choice activities and group opportunities that promote the growth and wellbeing of each individual child.
Math & Geometry
- Concept and process in operations of addition and subtraction
- Introduction to fractions
- Skip counting (powers of numbers, memorization)
- Addition of coins, making change from notes
- Concept and process in operations of multiplication and division
- Equivalence of unlike fractions, addition of unlike fractions
- Basic concepts (point, line, surface, and solid)
- Names of geometric solids
- Study of angles (whole, straight, right, acute, obtuse, and convex/reflex angles formed by a transversal)
- Names of plane figures, including triangles and polygons
- Study of quadrilaterals (parallelogram, trapezoid, rhombus, rectangle, square)
- Study of polygons (pentagon through decagon)
- Word study (classifying compound words, alpha order, syllabication, suffixes, prefixes, antonyms, synonyms, homophones, homonyms, homographs, and guide words)
- Mechanics (periods and capitals, quotation marks, commas, and apostrophes)
- Phonics (short and long vowels, consonant digraphs, blends, vowels, and digraphs)
- History of writing
- Writing process
- Print handwriting
- Cursive handwriting
- Spelling tests
- Spelling rules (silent “e,” doubling final consonant, drop the “e,” and plural endings)
- Mechanics of writing
- Introduction to sentence structure: “asking” vs “telling” sentences and concept of a sentence as a complete thought
- Function of the noun family (article, adjective, and noun)
- Function of verbs, prepositions, adverbs, conjunctions, pronouns, interjections and the four types of sentences (declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory)
- Study of style (analyzing simple texts for frequency of parts of speech)
- Sentence analysis (simple sentences with predicate subject and object, indirect object, and adverbial extensions)
- Parts of five classes of vertebrates (fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and the animals
- First knowledge of animals and plants
- Parts of “plants” (seaweed, moss, ferns, pine trees, flowering plants, fungi)
- Body functions of animals / “plant” (movement, anchorage, protection, support, nutrition, circulation, reproduction, dispersal)
- Beginning research into animals/ “plants” of choice
- Parts of a flower/leaf/root
- Advanced botany nomenclature (e.g. types of leaf margins, types of fruits, etc.)
- Taxonomy (classification of animals/plants according to a five kingdom model)
- Research and guided report writing
- Concepts of time (noticing changes in seasons)
- Graphing child’s family ages
- Passage of years (making a personal timeline of child’s life)
- History of names of days of the week and months of year
- Telling time on analog clocks
- Study of fundamental human needs of various cultures
- Roman numerals
- The Gregorian calendar and BC/AD or CE/BCE timeline
- The “Clock of the Eras”
- The Timeline of Life (detailed research into the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic and Neozoic Eras)
- History of maps (puzzle mapping; and compass directions)
- Land and water forms and physical geography
- Work of water
- Parts of a river
- Sun and earth
- Pin maps (political boundaries of continents)
- Beginning basic research on countries of choice
- Nature of the elements
- Composition of the earth
- Parts / formation of mountains
FAQs about Elementary School at North End Montessori
Are enrichment programs offered at North End Montessori School?
Our well-rounded program for preschool through fourth grade also includes enrichment programs. Examples include culinary arts, fine arts, theater, music, horticulture, foreign language, animal care, field trips, and ski programs.
At what age do children enter Elementary School at North End Montessori School?
Children ages 6 years and up are eligible to enroll in North End Montessori School’s Elementary School. If your child is enrolled in our Preschool & Kindergarten Program, his or her teachers will discuss the best timing for this key transition in their youth development journey.
What is the student-teacher ratio at North End Montessori School?
There is a 12:1 student-teacher ratio for Elementary school at North End Montessori School. Optimal teacher to child ratios help ensure individual attention and an inclusive classroom.
Is North End Montessori School a Fun School for Elementary Students?
North End Montessori School is considered a fun school, often more than traditional or public elementary schools! At North End Montessori School, students do not passively absorb knowledge from their teacher. Instead, they are encouraged to explore their world. The Montessori teacher’s role is to observe and provide guidance when appropriate and to intervene when the child is ready to move on to a higher level. Children play and enjoy physical education classes on spacious playgrounds at our learning community in downtown Manchester, NH. A variety of fun educational enrichment activities are also offered each season.
Do you have Emergency Situation Protocols and Emergency Response Plans?
Child safety is a major focus and priority at North End Montessori School. Our Emergency Response Plan keeps children safe as we follow local and state child safety requirements. We practice mandated protocols such as fire drill evacuations, secure campus, and shelter in place procedures. As part of our education to children, we provide age-appropriate support to help them transition to and from safety drills.
How are Elementary School Classrooms at North End Montessori School Organized?
Our classrooms are multi-aged. Student work individually, in small groups, and in teacher directed lessons. In each classroom, children work on different concepts at their level of ability. Older students are encouraged to serve as role models and helpers for younger children, thereby creating opportunities to reinforce self-esteem, confidence and leadership.
Is North End Montessori School Licensed by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education?
North End Montessori School is licensed by the State of New Hampshire Department of Education. Our school is also a member school of the American Montessori Society (AMS). Our Head teachers on our main campus are AMS certified. Professional development continues throughout the year for all staff through workshops and classes that support their professional growth. Our faculty also engages in training through active membership in educational organizations such as the American Montessori Society, the North American Montessori Teachers Association, The National Association for Education of Young Children, and the New Hampshire Montessori Association.