Bluffview Montessori School is a public charter school that follows the teaching methods and philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori.
Children attend classes in mixed age learning environments. First through third grade students learn together in our Lower Elementary (E1) program. Our Upper Elementary (E2) program includes fourth through sixth grade students, and seventh and eighth grade students learn together in our Erdkinder program (junior high).
We also offer a fee-based preschool program known as Children’s House for children ages 33 months through 6 years. Kindergarten children enrolled in the charter school are included in the mixed age Children’s House environment.
Each classroom has a lead teacher and teaching assistant. Within the Montessori environment, teachers present lessons, but most of the student’s education is introduced on an individual level using manipulative Montessori materials. The curriculum is divided into five main areas: language arts, mathematics, geometry, cultural studies (science and history) and geography. These subjects are often integrated with one another. Art, music (instrumental and vocal), and physical education are taught by teachers certified in those specialty areas. Bluffview Montessori School also operates a library and media center, and provides special education and student health services.
The Children’s House preschool program includes practical life activities, sensorial (learning through the senses), language, math, cultural, and social activities. Children’s House students may enroll in a half-day (7:45- 10:45) or full day program (7:45 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.). In addition, the school offers an optional After School Program from 2:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.