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Elementary (K-5)

Our elementary school program is primarily Montessori based, complimented with traditional teaching methods. This tandem approach allows for all the benefits of a Montessori education, while also preparing children for their post Rising Star education. The curriculum design encourages the development of independence, self-motivation, and skills that enhance each child’s individual abilities and talents.

Starting in Kindergarten, children establish and refine their academic skills in reading and comprehension, writing, critical thinking, geography, life science and mathematics. Homework is introduced, as a way of reinforcing continuity between home and school, while also developing important long-term study habits. Developing writing skills and self-discipline of completing projects is also a focus of this program.

Children are also provided opportunities to develop social skills like patience, empathy and respect, which help them deal with social and emotional issues. The children hold class meetings to discuss and solve problems together. They resolve issues of social exclusion, work out game rules that make everyone feel safe and included, and learn how to speak honestly and openly to best handle conflicts that arise.

Rising Star Sings

Program time: 5 days per week, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM*

*Extended Care Available

Morning/Afternoon Classroom Design

Mornings start with a group meeting, which includes announcements, calendar and review of the day’s activities. The children then proceed into an extended work period. The focus of class in the morning is to continue building language arts and math skills. As children progress in their language arts skills, they are placed in reading groups. Small group lessons in math take place while other children working independently on journaling, handwriting, computer and other activities. Special presentations and individual lessons are also given. During this time children may also participate in Writer’s Workshop, which helps them to develop their writing skills. An individual recording contract is maintained to track and account for tasks completed during this time.

In the afternoon, the focus shifts to primarily enrichment studies. There are Cultural study presentations in Science, Geography, Zoology, or Biology and specific follow-up activities carried over from the morning work period.


A child in his earliest years, when he is only two or a little more, is capable of tremendous achievements simply through his unconscious power of absorption, though he is himself still immobile. After the age of three he is able to acquire a great number of concepts through his own efforts in exploring his surroundings. In this period he lays hold of things through his own activity and assimilates them into his mind.

~ Dr. Maria Montessori, The Discovery of the Child

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