"The training of the teacher is something far more than learning ideas. It includes training of character. It is a preparation of the spirit".
The Upper Elementary class consists of students in years 4-6 of their Montessori elementary education. Building on skills honed during Lower Elementary, students further their explorations in all subject areas, working on projects, group exercises, and individual studies. During the three-year cycle, students are exposed to a rich curriculum comprised of the following subject areas. Not all subjects are taught every year. Instead, students enjoy a cyclical program with each year highlighting various science and social studies focus areas, while doing Language Arts and Mathematics throughout.
In addition to our core curriculum, music and art appreciation and creation are also offered in various ways. Additionally, P.E. (known to JSM as Wellness Education) is an exciting part of our program. Students learn the fundamentals of outdoor education, running, skiing, ice skating, and much more. Upper elementary takes a two-night backpacking adventure at year's end to culminate their studies! Finally, students are encouraged to participate in various humanitarian projects, dialogue and discuss matters of philosophy and critical thought, and grow in social and moral development. Much emphasis is placed on being the best version of ourselves and developing and practicing empathy.
A typical workday consists of time to complete "dailies" as well as attend and participate in various presentations, group projects, and occasional excursions or visits with experts. Students share tasks to clean and maintain the classroom and tend to the resident "teacher's assistant" Lola the dog, who keeps watch and provides an opportunity for a quick snuggle. Upper Elementary students also help with the Primary and Lower Elementary classroom from time-to-time.
"...your mindfulness and thoughtfulness of everyone in the classroom is simply amazing".
- JSM Parent
"We see the proof everyday in our energetic son, who can't wait to get to school every morning, and is so excited and overjoyed about learning."
- JSM Parent
"We LOVE Joyful Scholars Montessori - thank you for all of the hard work and time you put into making JSM such a wonderful place to go to school."
- JSM Parent
Joyful Scholars is the only preschool through elementary school in the valley that provides a traditional Montessori education. In addition, it's the only private school with a focus on bilingual instruction. Students enjoy a low teacher-student ratio, project-based learning, individual instruction, and a host of exceptional learning activities.
Registration for the 2017/2018 school year will be open to the public on March 15th. However, observations can be scheduled now!
Parents and teachers have recently begun conversations about adding a junior high option by the school year 2018-2019! Check back here for more details.