First grade students are six years old by September 1, 2016. This cutoff date is different from the recent past, and is a change that California made to its public school student population due to the Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010 . If you believe your child is ready for first grade, but does not meet the cutoff, please let us know.
We believe Montessori is for all children. In a Montessori classroom, children learn at their own pace with lessons specifically designed to target whatever skill they are currently practicing. Children learn mostly in small groups or individually with a teacher who is trained in Montessori philosophy and use of the materials. Children learn without being worried that they are “ahead” or “behind” others because they are always taught at their own level. Because we cannot yet invite interested families to observe one of our classrooms, we encourage you to do some research about Elementary Montessori and/or observe in an Elementary Montessori classroom before placing your child on our wait list.
Much like the real world, children in a Montessori classroom learn from and teach others. Younger children have role models and older children can teach when they know, which reinforces the skill and builds confidence and leadership. Younger children become the role models and are able to continue building the learning community.
The short answer is no. Because Montessori does such a good job of helping your child develop a love of learning and the ability to focus, make choices, solve problems, and work well both individually and cooperatively with others, Montessori children can thrive in any school and perform well on standardized tests.