The Upper Elementary Program at Summit is comprised of fourth, fifth, and sixth grades, combined in a multiage classroom. As students progress, the most senior of them become classroom leaders, continuing a cycle of peer mentoring and cooperation. All Upper Elementary students are considered school leaders and stewards, routinely engaging in activities such as car line greeting and recycling collection that support the entire Summit community. Students on the Upper Elementary level engage in individual work as well as collaborative activity in both small and larger groups. Mathematics, Language Arts, and Cultural Studies (History, Geography, Botany, Zoology, and Physical Science) represent the major areas of study, with Music, Visual Arts, Spanish and Physical Education integrated as important areas of special interest.
The beauty of Summit’s Upper Elementary lies in our warm classroom environment, our personalized approach to education and our low student: teacher ratios. As with all class levels, students find inspiration and encouragement within our walls. The students receive a comprehensive, progressive education and are encouraged to embrace their strengths and areas of interest as well as to master key skills in all academic domains.
The sixth year in the Summit Elementary Program is considered to be each student’s capstone year. As such, it includes some special opportunities including participating in the Montessori Model United Nations in New York City. This initiative to illustrate conflict and promote world peace is an advanced and in-depth popular program that students usually do not participate in until secondary school. Summit sixth-graders attended for the first time in 2007, and this is now part of the Upper Elementary curriculum each year. In addition, each sixth grade student conducts a year-long research project (Senior Project) based on an area of interest; each student presents a summary of his or her project to the entire school community at year’s end.
The graduation of sixth grade students leads to continuation at public and private middle and secondary schools. In any case, these students are well prepared to think, to speak, to write, to respect each other and the environment. Each graduate offers a graduation speech to the community, reflecting on his or her time at Summit and the personal meaning gained from these years. We are proud that our alumni are indeed lifelong learners, for that is Summit’s core Mission.
“It is the spirit of the child that can determine the course of human progress and lead it perhaps even to a higher form of civilization.”
-Dr. Maria Montessori
A residential outdoor environmental education program where students and teachers spend three days living and working together.
- Sixth graders travel to New York City to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN), a program that illustrates conflict and promotes world peace.
- Development and presentation of a year-long Senior Research Project.
- Planning and implementation of a micro economy to raise funds for a special “Senior Day” trip.
- Senior speeches at graduation.
- Opportunities for leadership within the school.
- Development of the “Practical Life” skills of interviewing in and applying to middle schools.