My daughter has been attending Sunstone for the past four years, and we couldn’t be happier with the school, teachers, and community. She is getting a very well-rounded education, and is able to do work at her own pace, some of which is two to three grade levels more advanced than her actual grade level. Most importantly, she loves her school and is never bored. We highly recommend Sunstone. –Sunstone Parent
Nuts and Bolts
2021-22 School Year
Ages 6-12 Years
September – June
8:30am – 3:00pm
Drop-off begins at 8:10am
Extended available before school (7:30-8:10am) and after school (3:00-5:30pm)
Spring Break Care, Winter Break Care, and Summer Program
Maria Montessori observed a change in children around the age of six, and developed the Elementary curriculum specifically for children between the ages of six and twelve years old.
Elementary children use their newly developing powers of reason and imagination to explore not only the world they can experience directly, but further, to explore everything that is too small, too big, too long ago, or too abstract to observe. Elementary children ask big questions such as: “How did it begin? Why? Where is it leading? What is its purpose?”
Inspired by the evocative ‘Great Lessons’ from their Guide, students choose and carry out work independently and cooperatively, learning to balance freedom and responsibility as they track their work, set goals, follow their interests, and engage in explorations both inside and outside the classroom.
The scope of the Elementary classroom is literally the entire universe, and Montessori students regularly find that their interests and work take them far beyond the public school curriculum.
After a brief group gathering at 8:30, the child’s day begins with a three-hour, uninterrupted work period. This morning work period supports the child’s ability to sustain focus for prolonged time periods.
A child can choose to work on one large project like a research project or a huge math problem, or may choose to engage in several smaller projects. After one-hour of lunch and recess, the afternoon is spent on extended work, lesson time and activities such as PE or a second language. Dismissal begins at 3:00pm.
The children are allowed to move freely in and around the environment which is specially designed to meet their needs. They learn to set their own goals, budget their time, choose their workmates, and evaluate their own progress.
Students may pursue topics which interest them through either small group or individual research.
Meanwhile, the trained Montessori guide moves through the environment, assisting the students in their independent projects and giving small group lessons based on observation of each student’s needs and interests.
Inside the Montessori Elementary Program
Lower and Upper Elementary
Our Elementary Program is a 10-month Montessori program from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm, five days a week, on an academic calendar year with winter, spring, and summer breaks, as well as in-service days and conference days. Morning drop-off begins at 8:10. Before-school (7:30-8:10am) and after-school care (3:00-5:30pm) are available on a monthly contracted basis. We also offer spring and winter break care and summer programs on a weekly contracted basis.
We have two levels within our Elementary Program:
Lower Elementary, Ages 6-9 years
- We have two mixed-age Lower Elementary classrooms serving children ages 6 to 9. Each classroom has approximately 25 thriving children and is staffed by an AMI trained Guide and an Assistant.
- Typically a majority of our openings for new children are for 6 year-olds (the equivalent of first graders). There are occasional openings for 7 and/or 8 year-olds (second and third grade) as well.
Upper Elementary, Ages 9-12 years
- We have one mixed-age Upper Elementary classroom serving children ages 9 to 12. It has approximately 30 thriving children and is staffed by one AMI trained Guide and an Assistant.
- Our Upper Elementary spaces are filled primarily by Lower Elementary students moving up, but we are able to enroll several new students each year. We give preference to children with prior Montessori education, however, this is not required.
SCHEDULE A VIRTUAL VISIT
We are enrolling and although we are not able to schedule tours in-person right now, we would love to meet you, discuss your interests, and share Sunstone with you. Please schedule a virtual visit with Cathy Newman, Head of School, to learn more about what we have to offer and ask any questions you may have.
We look forward to sharing Sunstone with you!