The Primary division offers a core curriculum where every student acquires and applies a breadth of skills during a three-year learning cycle. This means that our Primary classrooms have a balanced mixture of 3-year-old preschool students, pre-K students, and kindergarten students. They learn through individual and small-group lessons given by a team of teachers: one lead teacher who is trained in early childhood development and the Montessori method and one highly qualified teaching assistant. The student to teacher ratio is 12:1 in the morning and 8:1 in the afternoon when the classroom is smaller, with only pre-K and kindergarten students.
Unlike conventional kindergarten programs, the Primary classroom positions kindergartners as the academic and social leaders in their community. They learn for mastery, and they look forward to giving their own lessons to younger students, which further solidifies their understanding of a particular subject or skill. Upon completing the kindergarten year at Greensboro Montessori School, most students transition to first grade in our Lower Elementary division.