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Elementary School

Three students writing while lying on the carpet

At Oneness-Family School, elementary students learn in highly resourced, multi-age classrooms grouping students in grades 1-3 and 4-5 together. Lessons progress from concrete to abstract learning, using hands-on Montessori materials and technology to build lasting layers of increasingly complex knowledge.

Our cross-curricular Montessori program combines math, science, reading, writing, expressive art, foreign languages, yoga, and athletics with social and emotional learning. In language arts and math, elementary students work in groups according to ability level, regardless of age or grade, and are assessed regularly for both academic progress and social-emotional development. Each student keeps a portfolio of the year's best work and takes part in regular self-assessments and peer assessments. All are encouraged to express their unique personalities through art, music, and movement.

In our lower and upper elementary programs 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 immerse themselves in their area of interest, facilitates mastery of essential academic skills.

Key Program Components

Elementary Program Faculty

Karen Donovan

Karen Donovan

Head of Lower School
Robin Socol

Robin Socol

Lower Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-3)
Kelly Bristow

Kelly Bristow

Lower Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-3)
Shelby Alston

Shelby Alston

Lower Elementary Teacher (Grades 1-3)
Josh Cleveland

Josh Cleveland

Upper Elementary Teacher (Grades 4-5)
Lisa Pawley

Lisa Pawley

Upper Elementary Teacher (Grades 4-5)