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Montessori School for Elementary Students in Chevy Chase, MD

Benefits of Montessori Schools for Elementary Students

Oneness-Family School uses highly resourced, multi-age classrooms to stimulate the minds, spirits, and physical health of students from ages six to eleven. In our Montessori program, students in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade are placed in the Peace Arbor classroom. Students in 4th and 5th grade move to the Peace Academy classroom. Multi-age groupings allow students to both learn from and help guide their classmates in a collaborative and respectful manner. In both classrooms, there is a strong emphasis on cultivating community, finding one’s own voice, and contributing to a peaceful and sustainable world. Individualized learning, allowing students to learn as much and as rapidly as they want and are prepared for, leads to mastery of each topic or skill before moving on to the next.

Children progress from concrete to abstract learning throughout their Elementary experience with Oneness-Family School. Using hands-on materials and technology, they build lasting layers of increasingly complex knowledge. Our cross-curricular Montessori school program combines math, science, reading, writing, expressive art, foreign languages, yoga, and athletics with social and emotional learning to support character development and an understanding of global societies.

Curriculum

Arbor (grades 1-3) students are ready for complex subject matter and learn about the evolution of life on Earth and the animal and plant kingdoms. In reading, writing, spelling, math, and foreign language lessons, students are grouped according to ability level, while science, geography, and history classes are taught on a 3-year cycle of themes to the entire classroom, with assignments adjusted for ability level. Arbor students begin to develop internal organizational skills by making daily work plans in consultation with teachers that include lessons they need to attend, independent assignments, and special projects chosen for personal academic interest.

Building on this foundation, Academy students in Grades 4 and 5 study and contemplate the origins of the universe, early human history and beliefs, and basic scientific principles governing life on Earth. In math, literature, spelling-vocabulary, writing, and foreign languages, students are grouped according to skill level, with no limit to how fast they can progress. History, geography, and science themes at the Academy level include ancient civilizations, matter and molecules, electromagnetism, the characteristics of sound and light, and human body systems. Wherever possible, students are encouraged to pursue a topic of personal interest as it relates to the overall curriculum theme.

Assessment

Our Montessori school children take the Stanford 10 Achievement Test. Our Grade 3, 4, and 5 children continuously place in the 90th percentile or higher in this assessment test which is given to schools across the entire US.

Athletics & Fitness

The goals of wellness, physical conditioning, and sportsmanship lead our Elementary school students to experience the full range of benefits that fitness and athletics bring to life. Our program includes weekly yoga, basic team sports, and creative movement.

At the Grades 1-3 Peace Arbor level, sports are introduced with a special emphasis on developing strength, flexibility, and coordination. Students learn the basic skills of kickball, volleyball, basketball, soccer, and other sports.

In the fourth and fifth grade Peace Academy, students play competitively on floating assignment, mixed-gender teams, developing leadership and strategy skills that utilize the talents of all teammates as a unit. They use the social-emotional skills learned in the Self-Discovery aspect of the school's curriculum to practice good sportsmanship in victory and defeat.

Our Elementary school students discover the joys and stresses of competition within the framework of everyone’s doing their best. They develop mind-body awareness and personal well-being through yoga and movement classes.

After-school sports programs include basketball, soccer, tennis, squash, and running, offered in mixed-gender groups according to age level.

Personal Growth

Elementary school years span a major period of social development in children, one tended carefully by OFS teachers and staff to foster each student's unique sense of belonging in the classroom, school, and wider communities of city, nation, and the world. Students' social-emotional skills are strengthened and their perspectives enhanced during nature studies, museum and outdoor trips, and academic and arts presentations, which also help them develop self-confidence and an appreciation for the lives and talents of others.

The Peace Arbor and Peace Academy (Grades 1-5) participate in the Friday all-school community meeting and the special birthday ceremony for all ages that occurs each month at the meeting. First grade marks the beginning of each student's full participation in the annual Science Fair where students up through Middle School choose and conduct an age-appropriate experiment and present the findings to student and adult audiences. Field trips enhance current classroom studies and familiarize students with public centers of knowledge and their roles in the civic life of society. Music, art, and drama connect to study topics, and students prepare artistic works to present on United Nations Day and at the Festival of Lights. Camping trips and outdoor adventure programs deepen bonds of trust among students and teachers and cultivate experiences of personal growth for everyone.

Global Citizens

Knowledge, understanding, and action are foundations of global citizenship and our life as an international peace academy.

The Grades 1-3 curriculum focuses on a different continent each year, enabling the students to learn widely about its people, history, geography, flora and fauna, and gifts and challenges as a whole. The Grades 4-5 curriculum concentrates on the history of humanity and ancient civilizations, giving students perspective on human behavior and progress toward global understanding. Together, these years of study build a basic understanding of different societies' contributions to the world and instill a sense of connection between the students and the places they study, highlighted by the diverse international representation within the OFS student body.

Governance is an important dimension of citizenship represented by the OFS Student Government. Third-grade students qualify to join the Student Government and fourth and fifth graders are eligible to become officers. They help shape the participatory life of the school, suggesting ways to create a stronger community through celebrations and acting on shared concerns.

Students look after the life of the classroom and learn to act on their care for the school, their community, and the world. Daily “jobs” include caring for class pets and keeping the classroom materials clean and organized. They participate in community service projects to help victims of natural disasters, support local homeless shelters, and raise funds to build wells in the drought-stricken Azawak region of Niger, among other projects.

Peace Arbor students learn about the United Nations and world religions as part of their 3-year curriculum. They visit embassies and diverse places of worship in conjunction with these studies. In the Peace Academy, students learn about non-governmental organizations that work to effect positive change in the world and the challenges of climate change, poverty, and pollution. These areas of the Elementary curriculum build global awareness, one of the school’s key objectives.

Learning Cycles

Each elementary student at Oneness-Family School keeps a portfolio of the year’s best work and takes part in regular self-assessments and peer assessments. They study math, science, reading, writing, expressive art, foreign languages, yoga, and athletics with social and emotional learning.

Self-Discovery

Our Montessori school curriculum helps Elementary students find their voice by encouraging them to work with topics that interest them personally. Students figure out concepts on their own, while guided by teachers, and learn about their place in the small and large communities they inhabit.

Teacher-Student Ratios

The Peace Arbor program for 1st through 3rd grade provides a 1 to 12 ratio of teachers to students. The Peace Academy program for 4th and 5th grade provides a 1 to 9 ratio of teachers to students.

Elementary School Curriculum

Grades 1-3 Arbor students are ready for complex subject matter and learn about the evolution of life on Earth and the animal and plant kingdoms. For reading, writing,...

Elementary School Assessment

OFS students in Grades 3, 4, and 5 consistently score at the 90th percentile and above in the Stanford 10 Achievement Test administered annually. The Stanford 10 is a...

Elementary School Athletics & Fitness

The goals of wellness, physical conditioning, and sportsmanship lead our Elementary school students to experience the full range of benefits that fitness and athletics bring...

Personal Growth

Elementary school years span a major period of social development in children, one tended carefully by OFS teachers and staff to foster each student's unique sense of...

Elementary School Global Citizens

Knowledge, understanding, and action are foundations of global citizenship and our life as an international peace academy. The Grades 1-3 curriculum focuses on a different...

Learning Cycles

Montessori Middle School education ties abstract concepts together with the information learned across subjects so that students develop systematic and strategic, big-picture...

Self-Discovery

From the "silent moment" to community performances, activities foster inner happiness and creative expression in our Preschool-K students. Little Stars (ages 2-3) and...

Preschool Kindergarten Teacher-Student Ratios

The Peace Arbor program for 1st through 3rd grade provides a 1 to 10 ratio of teachers to students. The Peace Academy program for 4th and 5th grade provides a 1 to 9 ratio of...

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