“Little children, from the moment they are weaned, are making their way toward independence.”
The I.C. or the Infant Community is a Prepared Environment for children from 14 months to below 3 years old. The learning areas are Practical Life, Psycho-Sensory Motor Development, Language and Music. Student : Staff ratio is 12 children to 2 adults (1 Montessori Guide + 1 Assist). Two (2) hours per session.
“Plainly, the environment must be a living one, directed by a higher intelligence, arranged by an adult who is prepared for his mission.”
The Casa Program is delivered in a Prepared Environment for children between 3 and 6 years old. The Learning Areas are Practical Life, Sensory Development. Mathematics, and Language. Student : Staff Ratio is 25 children to 2 adults (1 Montessori Guide + 1 Assistant). The first two years in Casa are half‐day programs in 3‐hour sessions; on the child’s third year in Casa (the year prior to moving up to Elementary), the sessions become two 3‐hour sessions, morning and afternoon, with supervised lunch.
"Education between the ages of six to twelve is not a direct continuation of that which has gone before, though it is built upon that basis.
Psychologically there is a decided change in personality, … nature has made this a period for the acquisition of culture, just as the former was for the absorption of the environment."
The Montessori Elementary Program is a Prepared Environment for two (2) mixed-age group levels: Level 1 for ages 6 to 9 years old (Grades 1 to 3) and Level 2 for ages 9-12 (Grades 4 to 6). For smaller student population, a trained Montessori guide handles all levels.
Classes are whole days in blocks of three hours : 8am-11am and 12pm-3pm. Physical Education is conducted after class hours. There are nine (9) Learning Areas : Math, Geometry, English, Filipino, Geography, Biology, History, Music, and the Arts.
Student : Staff ratio for Level 1 is 32 children to 2 adults (1 Montessori Guide + 1 Assist) and for Level 2, 35 children to 2 adults (1 Montessori Guide + 1 Assist).
"Therefore work on the land is an introduction both to nature and to civilization and gives a limitless field for scientific and historic studies.
If the produce can be used commercially this brings in the fundamental mechanism of society, that of production and exchange, on which economic life is based.
This means that there is an opportunity to learn both academically and through actual experience what are the elements of social life. We have called these children the "Erdkinder" because they are learning about civilization through its origin in agriculture. They are the ‘land-children.’ "
After the Levels 1 and 2 in the Elementary Program, there are also two levels in the Adolescent Program : Level 3 for Grades 7 to 9 and Level 4 for Grades 10 to 12.
Student : Faculty Staff Ratio is 15 : 1