Hill Country Montessori School offers an authentic Montessori education enriched with Gifted/ Talented and STEM curriculum.
Small Classrooms and Certified Teachers
The Montessori classroom consists of a certified Montessori lead teacher and a teacher assistant. Our current student to teacher ratio is 8:1 with a 12:1 ratio as our max. The students are grouped in multi-age classrooms, generally a three-year age span:
Toddler: 18 months to 3 yrs
Primary: 3 yrs to 6 yrs
Lower Elementary: 6 yrs to 9 yrs
Upper Elementary: 9 yrs to 12 yrs
Middle School: 7th and 8th grades.
There are typically 16 – 24 students per class.
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educational benefit of multi-age classrooms.
Social Interaction and Independence
Children work in an environment encouraging social interaction and independence by his/her own efforts. Children are curious to answer the how and why of their environment. They have a need for abstraction, intellectual activity, and self-expression, and the teachers expertly guide them in this meaningful learning process.
Learning Flow from Concrete to Abstract
At HCMS, our program provides opportunities for children to explore concepts in a variety of ways: concrete, abstract, and real-life experiences. Practical life is expressed through organization of tasks benefiting the classroom community. The preparation of more complex practical activities is how children continue to bring order to their environment, such as planning a field trip, community service event, or a celebration meal.
Language is integrated into all aspects of the curriculum, specifically oral and written expression and reading. Language Arts becomes a major tool for research and oral presentations. Research projects incorporate the development of skills and the exploration of subject areas in multi-aged collaborative groups.
Montessori math provides a solid foundation for math concepts and application. Math and Geometry are approached so a natural connection to the environment is obvious. Concepts of Geometry and Algebra are introduced as natural, learning materials beginning in Primary classrooms.
Cultural (geographical) subjects are explored through group and individual studies and act as a means by which to integrate the entire curriculum. A natural connection between the past and present is examined through Zoology and Botany.
These environments satisfy the needs of the whole-child. Through this environment, social responsibility and cooperation with adults comes naturally. Children develop the ability to verbally express concerns and emotions. Through the study of core curricula, children develop a love of learning and become responsible individuals who are able to think critically and creatively.
The Montessori curriculum is a personalized pathway to academic and whole-child achievement. The “Roadmaps” offer an overview of the types of learning experiences a child may encounter during the course of time they spend in each level. Our desire is to help each child develop to their maximum potential, not to force or hold back achievement based on chronological age.
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curriculum plan for each level.
THE VALUE OF MULTIAGE CLASSROOMS
Toddler Roadmap: 18 Months to 3 Years
Primary Roadmap: 3 Years to 6 Years
Lower Elementary Roadmap: 6 Years to 9 Years
Upper Elementary Roadmap: 9 Years to 12 Years
Middle School Roadmap: 7th – 8th Grade