Lower & Upper Elementary


Spark Your Childs Curiosity, Creativity, and Intelligence

A child's emerging powers of reasoning and imagination, aided by advanced learning techniques, lead them into abstract thinking during this period of development.

For children aged 6 to 12 years of age, the Elementary Program (divided into Lower and Upper) offers far more than the usual goals of skill development and knowledge acquisition. Here, we cater to the development of the whole child by introducing a sense of stewardship and community into the curriculum.

Your Child Learns About the World - Not Their Environment

The Montessori Elementary curriculum is carefully structured and sequenced. Teachers use an online tracking system. This allows teachers to maintain educational objectives of the course of study for each area or subject within the classroom, and keep a record of which skills each child has accomplished. Each student’s progress is recorded individually.

Coming to Sea Pines Montessori Academy has been a wonderful experience for my son. From 18 months to 3rd grade, not only did he learn a lot academically, but he grew as a person and as a friend as well. The teaching standards at SPMA is high, and all the teachers bring their personal touch and style to each class. The staff is very pleasant and respectful, not only to the adults but especially to the children who attend the school. It is a wonderful environment full of many areas of exploration, experimentation, and learning. It is amazing to watch him come home with new and exciting information and express his love of learning. Not only did he learn the "basics", math, language, reading, history, and science, he learned important skills relating to learning such as the importance of organization, prioritization, and responsibility.

He learned to work well both independently and within a group to be a strong leader. In addition, he has also benefited from many lessons on life, friendship, and compassion. He learned respect for himself, respect for his community, and respect for the world. He learned how to treat others with kindness and learned how to solve conflicts that arise between friends fairly and peacefully. While parents give their children roots and wings to grow into adulthood, SPMA provides educational foundation children can build their future studies on. My son wakes up everyday looking forward to his day at school. I would definitely recommend this school to everyone.

My son wakes up every day looking forward to his day at school. I would definitely recommend this school to everyone.

Because Montessori Elementary Programs do not compare students against an arbitrary standard or the performance of their classmates, familiar letter grades are not used. There is a year-end summary for each Elementary student. Student narratives, a written report of each child’s curriculum activities and progress, are sent home in February. Conferences are scheduled two times during the year for every family.

We are an accredited school, and credits transfer even though there is no "traditional" grading scale. ​

After-school extended care is available. ​

Athletics, music, arts, and daily fitness are important parts of the curriculum.

The Montessori Learning Environment

School begins at 8:00am and ends at 3:00pm. In the elementary classroom, mornings are devoted to self-directed, independent learning and small group lessons. Children know what their teacher expects of them and, with self-discipline, return to their most recent lessons in progress. Teachers move about the room to assist and reinforce learning as students follow their natural pace of development.

The Experience

Students may work independently, in collaboration with others, or be taught in small groups. Afternoons involve silent reading, classroom lessons in broad subject areas, and enrichment subjects.

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The SPMA Lower Elmentary Program

Ages 6-9 Years


Children Resarching Their Own Questions

A Starting Point for an Inquisitive Mind

Our Lower Elementary Program is for first, second, and third graders. A multi-age classroom, the students work together and separately.

At this age, the child's emerging powers of reasoning and imagination, aided by advanced learning techniques, lead them from concrete to abstract thinking.

This research is not limited to the classroom, but also includes participation in field trips.

The Lower Elementary Room is where we develop reading, writing, and math skills that become the stepping stones to the core curriculum of science, history, geography, literature, music, art, foreign language, physical education, and practical life lessons.


Reading, Word Study, Spelling, Grammar, Literature, Handwriting, and Creative Writing


Linear Counting, the Four Operations, Decimal System, Geometry, Algebra, and Discrete Mathematics


Botany, Zoology, Chemistry, and Physical Science


History, Social Studies, and Geography are explored.

Life Skills

Sweeping, washing and other similar chores which are helpful at home


Including Computer, Spanish, Music, Suzuki Violin & Piano, Art, Physical Education, Tennis and Golf

Homework begins at a light pace for students in the Elementary, with expectations growing progressively as students advance through the school. Homework allows students to practice and reinforce skills introduced in the classroom. It also aids in self-discipline through the process of completing assignments independently.

Students are expected to give homework their full and careful attention and to do assignments on their own.
Part of our objective is to have them learn how to assume this responsibility for themselves.

3rd Grade By the Numbers

Children are capable of so much more than traditional schools think.
3rd-grade SPMA students perform at least two grade levels ahead in every subject.


3rd Grade Performance Levels

SPMA provides the right social structure and academic supplies students need to thrive. We encourage hands-on, communicative learning.

Oral Expression

Language Arts



Sea Pines Montessori Academy provides a challenging lower elementary environment that utilizes both cooperative learning and independent study in a social atmosphere.

The SPMA Upper Elmentary Program

Ages 9-12 Years


Building on a Strong Foundation

Building an Independent & Self-Reliant Course of Study

Upper Elementary students continue their studies from the Lower Elementary Classroom and build upon that concrete foundation. This is often referred to as a spiral curriculum and is based on the belief that children can understand complex subjects when the information is presented properly and revisited often.

Concepts are revisited in more detailed studies, and students approach adolescence as motivated, confident, and responsible learners. The environment encourages the cultivation of personalities, with each student experiencing a balance of social interaction, academic preparation, and a growing awareness of the world around them.

Language Arts

The language arts curriculum meets the student’s individual level in reading, grammar and word study, creative writing, handwriting, and spelling.


The focus of the upper elementary mathematic curriculum is metacognition. Children revisit traditional elementary mathematic concepts introduced in the concrete in lower elementary. Students are encouraged to put language to mathematical processes through personal discovery. By recognizing and documenting these patterns and relationships, students internalize mathematical concepts with a much deeper level of understanding than the traditional classroom allow. The study of geometry increases and takes on more advanced concepts.


Students engage in detailed scientific study. Starting with the macroscopic study of the universe, they move sequentially to the microscopic study of cells. Students take an active role in study through participation in scientific experimentation utilizing the scientific method. Scientific studies include Astronomy, Geology, Physics, Biology, and Chemistry.

Word Study

Students use the basic grammar and word study skills introduced in the early elementary level and continue with detailed studies of such concepts as homophones, antonyms, pronouns, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections. Students not only identify parts of speech but symbolize the function in a sentence (similar to sentence diagramming.)


Children parallel language arts instruction with small group “book clubs” based on classic and contemporary fiction. Students encounter ‘real world’ examples of language studies to foster a love of literature.

Computer Skills

Vital to 21st-century communication, most children are familiar with computer functions through the games they have at home. However, most children have not used more than a phone or tablet. We build on that knowledge, incorporating the basics of word processing and keyboarding. At school, we focus on how the computer serves the learner as a tool, for writing, reading, and research.

Creative Writing

Students explore and experiment with multiple genres of writing including fiction, nonfiction, reference, biography, essay, and poetry. The Sea Pines Montessori Academy writing curriculum is based on the 6+1 Traits of writing. All students take part in a weekly “Writer’s Workshop.”


Yes, we teach it! The students continue to perfect their cursive handwriting and are also introduced to the history of writing tied to the civilizations of humans.


Each student has an individualized spelling list each week with a quiz on Friday. This allows each child to progress at the optimal pace.

Cultural Studies

One of the foundations of the cosmic curriculum is the interconnectedness of all life. The cultural curriculum is based on this concept. Children base historical and cultural studies on the fundamental needs of humans to first explore commonalities across cultures. Detailed studies follow to highlight characteristics unique to each culture through time and place. In deference to national standards, the Upper Elementary curriculum includes a detailed study of American History.

Life Skills

Children of elementary age are “societal explorers.” They are finding their place outside of the family. One of the unique characteristics of the Montessori classroom is its sense of community. Each student has an active role in the classroom as a whole, as well as in his/her own learning path. It is a cooperative environment that encourages time management, problem-solving, and critical thinking.


Exercise is crucial to a student's mental and physical well-being. Many of our students also play sports and participate in community organizations (soccer, ballet, and more).

6th Grade By the Numbers

Students who continue their Montessori education perform at least two grade levels ahead in every subject. Oral expression (how they communicate) is off the charts.


6th Graders Performance Levels

But it's not just about grades. Oral Expression skills are high due to the safe social community and open classroom format. As students progress to the Middle School Program, you can see that a Montessori education at the Elementary levels sets the groundwork for future success.

Oral Expression

Language Arts



Sea Pines Montessori Academy provides a challenging upper elementary environment that utilizes both cooperative learning and independent study in a social atmosphere.