Independence, Exploration, Responsibility, & Compassion

Elementary students have mastered basic physical independence instilled in the Children’s House classroom. This independence is transformed into self-guided work during the Montessori three-hour work cycle. Our students come to create, understand, structure, and interrelate their learning goals—to work both independently and collaboratively—and to persist in difficult thinking and abstract creative work.



Elementary students at NPM show a strong passion for reading. We strive to build confident readers by presenting materials that spark the children’s natural interest. You may often find a child researching the answer to question they presented.


Our approach to science education enables students to ask and answer questions in a way that is empowering. It instills a sense of intrigue and enables students to develop understanding and then form further questions based both on the knowledge they already have and the insight they wish to gain in the future.


The ideas of number concepts, place value, numerals, and related quantities are reinforced and expanded upon within the Elementary program. Newfound purposes for familiar math materials provide children with the means to consider number concepts, mathematical operations, and more complex functions, helping to expand advanced mathematical knowledge and understanding.

Cultural Studies

Cultural studies are interdisciplinary and integrate zoology, botany, geography, geology, physical and life sciences, and anthropology. Through these lessons, children explore the interconnectedness of all living things. The studies of history, physical and political world geography, civics, economics, peace and justice, the arts, world language, and physical education are introduced throughout this three year cycle.

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child” -Maria Montessori.

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