Why Montessori Elementary at LePort?

Montessori Elementary is a great environment for most children! We invite you to schedule a tour or observation—and you’ll instantly see just how different Montessori is, and why our students love it here!

“The secret of good teaching is to regard the child’s intelligence as a fertile field in which seeds may be sown, to grow under the heat of flaming imagination. Our aim therefore is not merely to make the child understand, and still less to force him to memorize, but so to touch his imagination as to enthuse him to his inmost core. We do not want complacent pupils, but eager ones.”

— Dr. Maria Montessori 

Some reasons families choose LePort Montessori Elementary

Individualized attention with low student-teacher ratios. With a 1:12 (Lower Elementary) or 1:15 (Upper Elementary) or better teacher-to-student ratio, our teachers are able to get to know each child well.

Outstanding foundational skills in language arts and math, developed with engaging, hands-on materials that progress from concrete to abstract, and enable children to learn joyfully and to truly understand and master skills.

Learning tailored to optimally challenge each child at his/her ability level. Montessori teachers rarely teach to the whole class. Instead, they give lessons to small groups based on ability, readiness, and interest. This means that each child is constantly challenged at just the right level. A 2nd grader who is advanced in math may join a group of 3rd graders; if she struggles with reading, she may also join a group of 1st graders in literature circles. Because all instruction is individualized, and with a three-year age mix (1st – 3rd grade, and 4th – 6th are in one mixed-age community), children don’t compare themselves against others as much, and instead focus on their own personal goals and development.

A rich curriculum beyond the literacy and math focus dictated by standardized testing. Montessori offers a rich curriculum in science, geography, cultural subjects, and history, with art and music integrated into the life of the classroom community, starting in the lower elementary years, when some other schools spend the vast majority of teaching time focused on the basic literacy and math skills measured by standardized tests. Enrichment opportunities include field trips and child-led Going Outs for the older children.

Family and child-friendly schedules and limited homework. Our students have five instructional hours per day (three in the morning, two in the afternoon). Lessons and practice happen at school, so homework can be limited without sacrificing academic progress.

A community of like-minded families. Our schools reflect their neighborhoods, with families of many ethnicities, religious beliefs, and countries of origin. Yet parents find that within their Montessori community, they are able to connect with people who share similar parenting styles, and who all value the investment of a great education for their children. Regular community events at school, frequent communications between teachers and parents, and an open door policy inviting parents to observe in class contribute to the community feel.

Joyful learning, motivated by interest, not rewards. Montessori children learn because they enjoy learning—because they delight in new knowledge, or love mastering new skills, or get motivated by seeing older children in class do challenging work. We don’t do letter grades, and we only conduct formal assessments twice yearly for students in third grade and beyond—which helps keep motivation where it needs to be, within the child. Just observe any Montessori elementary class, and you’ll see children engaged, on task—without extrinsic incentives like grades or sticker charts that may work in the near-term but that all too often lead to the “will this be on the test” attitude by middle school.

A continuation of authentic Montessori into the elementary years. Many parents whose children are graduating from a Montessori Primary program choose LePort to be able to continue seamlessly with what works for their child into the elementary years, instead of switching to traditional schooling.

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