The program is designed to foster a sense of responsibility within the student, not only in their involvement within the program itself, but also in their day-to-day interactions outside the school environment. The overall goal of the Elementary program is to develop autonomous, competent, and adaptive individuals who are capable of solving complex problems, independent of external assistance.
If applicants to the Elementary program are new to AMS, a copy of the child’s latest report card is required. New students may be admitted at any time during the school year pending the availability of space in the program. An interview with the principal is then conducted and an entrance test is administered for levels 3 to 8.
The ideal Elementary program applicant will have had a Casa background prior to enrolment in the Elementary program. Six-year-old students, who have attended a Montessori program for at least three years, have the advantage of knowing how to read and write, count, add, subtract, multiply and divide, and have also developed an interest in Science, Geography, and History.
In special circumstances, consideration will be given to those students who have not completed the full three years in a reputable Casa Montessori program, but exhibit an enthusiasm for learning and a willingness to accept instruction. These characteristics are identified by means of a consultation conducted by the school’s principal or the admissions secretary.
Our Elementary students are expected to work to the best of their abilities so that they may develop to their highest academic and personal potential. Various instructional methods will be used to encourage the student’s learning. Decisions regarding methods will be based upon the individual needs of the child. High achievement is the goal for all of our students. Thus, our community of teachers, parents, and students work together in the best interests of the child.
The “practical life” skills acquired by students at the Casa level often translate into the child developing a keen interest toward exploration, either through reading or active involvement in the school and all it has to offer.
AMS views these students as being role models whose actions influence the behaviours of their younger colleagues. Thus, students at AMS are given specialized resources and care and subsequently exhibit leadership qualities seldom witnessed in similar school environments.
AMS students in Grades 5 and 6 are provided with an enriched environment which offers unique opportunities for learning. Each student will have the advantage of being taught the core curricula by the homeroom teachers, enjoying and benefiting academically from each teacher’s area of expertise.
With their leadership and critical thinking skills now developed, students in Grades 7 and 8 go on to benefit from AMS’ rich and comprehensive standards-based Middle School program. Children in this program are aptly prepared for the demands placed on them at the high school and university levels. Our alumni, the oldest of whom are now approaching their 30s, are among some of the most respected members of society. We are, and always will be, very proud of our Middle School graduates.