Barrie’s Upper Elementary program includes children in Grades 4 and 5 (accredited with non-traditional Montessori age groupings). Our Upper Elementary classrooms are two-year communities of nine to eleven year old children. This multiple year rotation allows teachers to develop a deep understanding of each student and creates the opportunity to provide a comprehensive, individualized education for each child. The multi-age setting develops nurturing, leadership and mentoring skills in children and promotes a strong sense of community between peers and classroom teachers.
At this age, students become increasingly aware of the environment beyond the classroom. We provide opportunities for these students to apply their skills in meaningful ways in school and with the larger community. Ethical choices emerge as a central issue: teachers model and encourage thoughtful citizenship, compassion, and leadership.
Students continue to refine the skills of goal setting, time management, and organization using a variety of resources. Special classes include art, Spanish, physical education, health, intramurals, library science, and music.