Students in the upper elementary classroom engage in self-directed inquiry, research and problem solving. Students move away from using concrete materials as they build greater abstract understanding of concepts. The Upper Elementary Montessori learning environment reflects activities that provide deeper educational experiences in the areas of mathematics (including geometry and algebra), science and technology, great literature, history, functional and political world geography, civics, economics, anthropology, and areas of art, music, foreign language, physical education and computer technology.
Teachers provide lessons that promote student inquiry and discussion. Students have opportunities to plan, monitor and assess their own work, thereby further developing their independence and responsibility for their own actions. Students build skills in time management, organization, and setting reasonable, responsible goals.