Elementary Program (6 - 12 years)

The elementary-aged child is a highly social individual with a strong imagination who is eager to explore his or her world and the human experience within it. Dr. Montessori designed the Elementary program to nurture these characteristics.


The elementary curriculum consists of a series of lessons that open up the different areas of study to the child: the story of the universe (geography), the coming of human beings and their accomplishments (history), the coming of life (biology), and the development of language and numbers. The Montessori Elementary program is based on the developmental needs common to this age group, but it is highly individualized to facilitate growth and nurture the child’s curiosity. It offers an open-ended approach to learning so that children, with the guidance of adults, are allowed to creatively explore topics of interest to them.

Through these lessons, the students discover that geography is the story of the earth and its origins and that biology is the study of life. They investigate history as the story of human beings through time. The study of language helps them understand how humans communicate, not only in spoken and written word, but through art and music as well. Through the study of mathematics and science, they explore how human beings translate their ideas into inventions. Often these explorations take the child beyond the confines of the classroom for further investigation.

The Montessori Method is a research-based curriculum that encourages children to follow up on materials introduced by the guide and to conduct research on subjects that are chosen by the children. Through this research, they explore various facets of the chosen subject, either individually or in small collaborative groups. Because the classrooms are multi-age, peer learning and mentoring opportunities are encouraged, developing community through collaboration.

The Montessori curriculum also includes specialized materials in language, arithmetic, algebra, and geometry that help to round out the topics the children research on their own. These materials are progressive and lead the children through at an individualized pace.

The Montessori Elementary program gives children the opportunity to set their own goals, budget their time, and appraise the results of their own work so that they become self-starters who work from genuine interest and enthusiasm for their work. The noncompetitive environment emphasizes respect for the individual and cooperation with the group.

Evaluation of a student’s progress is partially inherent in the materials and also made through student/guide conferences, written evaluations given to parents at conferences, and standardized testing. The guides at White Bear Montessori also monitor and evaluate children’s progress according to the academic standards defined by the State of Minnesota but within the context of the highly individualized learning environment of a Montessori classroom.

Program Details:

Age Range: 6-12 years

Weekly Schedule: M-F 8:30am - 3:30pm

Enrichment Center Availability:

     Before School: 7:30am - 8:30am
     After School: 3:30pm - 5:30pm


quotesPaying for school was never in our plan, but leaving WBMS before both our two children are through the 6th grade is something we would never consider now.


The Collaborative Environment

The elementary age child is naturally drawn to working in a group and challenging herself.

2019 - 2020 Tuition and Fees

Tuition for the upcoming year are published in January of the year prior. 

Download the full Statement of Tuition and Fees for this program. 



8:30 - 3:30 M-F

5 Days/week

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Before and After School Care:

Care is available as either a contracted or drop-in option. Contracts are available in the office. Please see office staff for more information.

  • Children's House and Elementary Care is available as a contractual option at a monthly rate based on $8.00 per hour. Drop-in care may be available (subject to space availability) with approval from the Before and After Care School Guide at a rate of $8.50 per hour. Care is available 7:30-8:30a.m. and 3:30-5:30p.m. in the Enrichment Center. 


Program Fees and Discounts:

In addition to tuition, please plan for the following fees and discounts:

  • Application Fee: $50 New Applicants Only (one per family) 
    This is a one-time Application Fee per family and is non-refundable. This is for new applicants and should be attached to the application form. Families enrolling in the Parent/Infant Program are exempt from this fee.

  • Annual Enrollment Fee: $400 per student 
    An Annual Enrollment Fee of $400 is required with a completed Enrollment Contract. This fee is non-refundable and does not apply to the Parent/Infant Class. 

  • Snack Fee: $160.00 per student
    This fee covers snack that is provided in the classrooms each day. This fee will be added to your first invoice.

  • Field Trip Fee: $65.00 per Kindergarten and Elementary student only
    This one-time fee covers the cost of field trips that Kindergarten and Elementary children go on during the year. Permission slips will be sent out prior to each field trip for parents to sign. This fee will be added to your first invoice.
  • Community Enrichment Fee: $100 per family    This annual fee covers the cost of two tickets per family to the annual spring community event, childcare for parent education nights, and community events including our Ice Cream Social and Hoedown. This fee will be included in your  first  invoice.
  • School Supply Fee: $25 
    Elementary Students only 

  • Sibling Discount: 
    For each family with more than one child attending WBMS, a 5% sibling discount will be applied to the child with the highest tuition. Only one discount per family will be applied.