WMS Course Curriculum

Elementary Education

From a Current Elementary Parent:

“I need to list a number of factors that contributed to the decision to keep our son at Wheaton Montessori (for Elementary school).

  • Getting to know the elementary students and the way they treated the Primary students and the way they acted, their good manners, their enthusiasm.
  • Knowing that our son would be allowed to find his passions and pursue them and that he would be encouraged along the way.
  • Knowing he would be able to work ahead of the other students if he showed the aptitude and the desire
  • Knowing that his unique way of seeing the world would be encouraged and nourished
  • We wanted to continue the wonderful success and progress we had witnessed in the three years of primary school
  • The AMI accreditation gives us great confidence that the procedures in the classroom are tried-and-true
  • My son likes his school community and every day is a good day at his school.” –  David B., Wheaton Montessori School parent


The Wheaton Montessori School’s Elementary Curriculum continues the Primary Curriculum’s focus on inspiring our children to learn to be self-directed and independent, while deepening communication skills, collaboration, and problem-solving. The environment and materials in the Elementary classrooms focus on structured, meaningful activities that are developmentally-appropriate for these students.

A Day in the Life of an Elementary Student 

Much like in our Primary classrooms, Wheaton Montessori School Elementary students work in a classroom of mixed-age students, ranging in age from 6 through 12. Children can find peers with whom to collaborate and cooperate on lessons, projects, and research.

Lessons are typically presented to individuals or small groups of students by the classroom teacher; the child is then encouraged to freely choose to repeat the work and explore the lesson as often as necessary for mastery. The scope of lessons and meaningful work in the Elementary classroom is broad, focusing on the child’s entire universe in the child’s relationship with it. Rather than working on specific subjects in isolation, Elementary students work in longer, uninterrupted cycles of integrated subject matter and learning, developmentally-appropriate for the elementary-aged mind.

Along with their work in the classroom, Elementary students also spend time in self-directed exploration out in their surrounding world, known as “going-outs” in Montessori curriculum. Trips to the library, museums, aquariums, and studios are common for this age group. We take advantage of the wealth of opportunities in Wheaton and Glen Ellyn, visiting the Cosley Zoo, Lincoln Marsh, and Willowbrook Wildlife Center.

“The Big Trip” 

Once a year, our upper elementary students attend a larger “going-out.” Past trips have included a week at the Teton Science Center in Jackson Hole, MarineLab in Key Largo, Nature Bridge at Olympic National Park, and the Catalina Island Science Institute.

Praise for Our Elementary Team

From the parents of a current elementary student:

“We were incredibly impressed with Tracy [Fortun] and Emily [Searcy]. They are experienced, perceptive, insightful, professional, very well-educated, and committed to what they do. There was also strong camaraderie and a teamwork vibe throughout all of the staff we met. It all adds up to a clear sense of long-term stability and common ground. We knew that our kid would be in the best of hands.”