Our Focus Is On Childrens' Education

"Montessori Is a self-paced, personalized, hands-on experience in a multi-age grouping in a beautiful environment equipped with developmentally appropriate materials where cooperation not competition, is the rule. Love and respect for others and the environment are practiced on a day-to-day basis."  - Dr. Ijya Tulloss

Upper Elementary:  Grades 4-6


Children aged 9-12, move from concrete representation to abstract thinking as they seek to bring order to the various disconnected facts and ideas they encounter in the world.  The Montessori Elementary curriculum is individually paced and challenges children academically while honoring their emotional growth and sense of self. Children are encouraged to be contributing members of a respectful community; they learn to question, think critically, and take responsibility for their own learning—skills that will support them in later education and in life.

Upper Elementary students join together to form peer groups outside the family. They become more extroverted and want to be with other children and be like them. Upper Elementary students want to be together in organized activities.

Upper Elementary students continually question what is right and what is wrong. Their interest in understanding abstract thought extends to the development of moral sense. This process of discovering their moral sense involves questioning adults about their responses to particular situations

Upper Elementary students are given the universe as a context for further study solve the problem of teaching isolated bits and pieces of knowledge with no way of relating one to the other. The purpose of Montessori's stories called the Great Lessons, is to introduce the universe to children and inspire them to search for the connections between all things.

Upper Elementary students independently select work and choose their collaboration with peers or the teacher. Children are given a means to keep track of their own activities and are accountable for them. In Upper Elementary, children are given a journal to record their daily activities.

Upper Elementary students take total responsibility for their environment. It is the reason that inspires their interest in maintaining order and cleanliness in the environment. At the end of the day, there is time devoted to restoring the environment for the next day.

Co-Curricular and Outings


Elementary co-curricular programs include:

  • Studio Arts
  • Musical Theater
  • Physical Education
  • Annual School Musical

Physical Education consists of partnerships with The First Tee of Canton and Myers Lake YMCA to offer sessions of golf, tennis, swimming, and more.

At CMS, Upper Elementary students have experiences off campus, which include:

  • Stan Hwyett Hall and Gardens
  • Museums at University Circle and Little Italy in Cleveland
  • Cuyahoga Valley National Park
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad
  • Cuyahoga Valley Environmental Education Center (a 3 day/2 night trip)