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Elementary Program

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

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Nuts and Bolts

2022-23 School Year

Ages 6-12 Years

September – June

Drop-off: 8:00-8:30am

School Day: 8:30am – 3:00pm

Extended care is available 7:30-8:00am and 3:00-5:30pm.

Winter and Spring Break care and our Summer Program are also available.

Sunstone’s Amazing Lunch Program

Tuition and Fees


ENROLLMENT Availability

Enrollment is closed for the 2022-23 school year. Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year begins in October. Please check back then to schedule your tour. In the meantime we encourage you to browse our website and email admissions@sunstonemontessori.org, with any questions you may have.

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

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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 8:00. Extended care is available 7:30-8:00 am and 3:00-5:30 pm. 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 20 children and is staffed by an AMI trained Guide and an Assistant.
  • Typically the 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 25 thriving children and is staffed by one AMI trained Guide and an Assistant.
  • Our Upper Elementary is enrolled primarily by our Lower Elementary students moving up, but we are able to enroll a few new students each year. We give preference to children with prior Montessori education, however, this is not required.

Schedule a Tour

Enrollment is closed for the 2022-23 school year. Enrollment for the 2023-24 school year begins in October. Please check back then to schedule your tour. In the meantime we encourage you to browse our website and email admissions@sunstonemontessori.org, with any questions you may have.