1st through 6th Grade
Students in our Elementary program are divided into Lower Elementary (ages 6 to 9) and Upper Elementary (ages 9 to 12). Lower Elementary capitalizes on children’s innate inquisitiveness. The focus is not on memorizing facts but rather on understanding concepts and how to learn. Teachers serve as expert guides as children delve deeper into math, science, literature and language, and history and geography. Children also continue with explorations in Spanish, art, music and physical education.
Upper Elementary’s global curriculum expands students’ awareness of their place in society and the world. A discovery-based approach hones their research, reasoning and communication skills. Executive functioning skills such as time management, organization and setting reasonable goals are priorities.
Teachers respect each child’s individuality. They look at them as people, not "kids."
The outcomes of the Elementary program are independence in action and thought, a sense of moral and social justice, curiosity and an abiding confidence and love of learning.
- 1. Meet our co-curricular teachers
- 2. Learn about a student’s weekly schedule
- 3. Learn about a day in the life of the elementary student
- 4. Learn about programming beyond the classroom
- 5. Learn about programming on days when school is not in session
- 6. Learn about how our students extend our learning to the outdoors
- 7. Learn about learning experiences away from our campus
Before & After-School Care
Our relaxed and friendly Before & After-School programs serve students from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m., and from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m. Our staff includes trained educators who offer special activities such as arts and crafts, and indoor and outdoor games. Older children can also study or do homework during this time.
Mid-Day Clubs are offered to Children’s House students (ages 3 to 5) beginning at 11:30 a.m., the end of their academic morning. They include sports, cooking, ballet, drama and more.
Students aged 6 to 12 can stay after school with their friends and participate in a variety of clubs from 3:15 to 6:00 p.m.
Clubs are taught by members of our staff as well as community members, educational institutions and local businesses, such as the Akron Zoo, Asian Sun, Jump Start Sports and Great Lakes Science Center. Students often discover a new passion or develop skills and talents in new areas.
There are multiple sessions during the academic year, with new and exciting age-appropriate options each time. Private lessons in piano, violin, viola, brass, and woodwind instruments are also available through our HMS Conservatory of Music.
View our Winter Clubs brochure
“School’s Out” Program
Our “School’s Out” program offers all-day care (7:15 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.) on school vacation days for students in Children’s House through Upper Elementary. Join us for outdoor fun, sports, games, arts and crafts, and fun with friends.
Summertime is a time for children to explore, create and discover at Hudson Montessori School. Our programs are staffed by talented and dedicated camp counselors, most of whom are HMS faculty, staff or alumni. In our Enrichment Camps, you can pick individual sessions to explore new possibilities and broaden your child’s horizons. In Create-Your-Day, you can design your daily or weekly schedule with as much flexibility and creativity as you need. We also offer Activity and Movement Camps that help build athletic and physical skills in a fun and supportive environment.
Our outdoor environment offers an extension of the classroom learning environment, allowing students to grow through experimentation and reflection. Special areas include a rain garden, large fenced-in pond, raised planting beds, weather station, shade garden, sunflower-shaped maze, literature garden and woodland study paths.
Elementary students use the HMS campus and beyond as a learning opportunity.
Past field trips have included visiting Holden Arboretum, Cleveland Natural History Museum, Cleveland Museum of Art, Playhouse Square, Severance Hall, Cleveland Zoo, Hale Farm, Hoover Price Planetarium. Additionally, students also plan and coordinate “going outs”.A “going out” is a less formal field trip and usually involves three to five students visiting a local resource with an adult.The “going out” helps the children further understand a topic they are investigating at HMS or give back to our local community. For example, students might study global hunger and visit a local food pantry to understand local efforts to address a global problem.HMS elementary students in 3rd-6th grade visit Nature’s Classroom every year for an overnight adventure that builds bonds, an understanding of the world around them, and many memories.Lastly, our 6th grade students plan and do a trip around the state of Ohio in the spring to correspond with an in-depth study they do of Ohio history.