Primary Program
4755 Prosperity Church Road
Charlotte, NC 28269

(704) 503-6000

Elementary and Secondary Programs
9026 Mallard Creek Road
Charlotte, NC 28262


Three Year Age Grouping

Maria Montessori based her philosophy and method on a deep understanding of and respect for children. According to Montessori, children are living in a process of self-realization and discovery. The central feature of the Montessori Method, which energizes all the others, is the 3-year multiage classroom structure, based on general cycles of child development. In a Montessori classroom, children get the opportunity to be the youngest, the middle child and the eldest. The 3-year grouping adds stability to a classroom by preserving the memory of classroom traditions and rituals among the two-thirds of the students who return for their 2nd or 3rd year. This multiage structure helps orient children’s minds toward an appreciation of diversity. 

The 3-year age grouping makes possible three important components which guide our daily work within the Montessori setting: Choice, Personal Connection, Collaborative Learning.


  • guided discovery                             
  • teacher as observer
  • experiential learning
  • integration of subjects
  • differentiated follow-up work
  • individual and group lessons

Personal Connection 

  • learning through the senses 
  • impressionistic lessons
  • imaginative learning
  • parent involvement
  •  freedom of movement
  • trust and familiarity

Collaborative Learning

  • peer teaching
  • peer mentoring
  • multi-age lessons
  • companionship
  • give and take
  • communication and cooperation
“The first duty of an education is to stir up life, but leave it free to develop.”
            ~ Dr. Maria Montessori


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