Overview: Why AIM Elementary?
The Montessori Elementary private school program at AIM offers an authentic, bi-lingual (Chinese/English or Japanese/English) Montessori program in mixed-age lower elementary (1st – 3rd grade) and upper elementary (4th – 6th grade) communities.
The top five benefits of AIM’s language immersion Montessori program:
- Give your child the gift of sustained bilingualism—the ability to understand, speak, read and write in either Chinese or Japanese. Our school immerses children in Japanese and Chinese culture, surrounding them with language—so they actually enjoy becoming capable communicators in several languages.
- Support accelerated, individualized academics—especially important for children from a strong Montessori background, who often don’t advance much academically for several years in traditional elementary programs. Starting in first grade, students systematically learn the writing process, often writing original, multi-page stories in their first year; they enjoy daily, sustained silent reading time; they progress to arithmetic into the millions and benefit from unparalleled Montessori math program.
- Ensure your child remains an eager, internally-motivated learner: We believe in giving children choices within limits, in supporting autonomy and a mastery-orientation—no "one-size-fits-all" standards, no mandatory standardized tests, no motivation by grades, stickers or other distractors.
- Equip your child with all-important executive function skills: We don’t teach blind obedience or compliance with adult-set expectations. Instead, our students set their own weekly work plans jointly with teachers, and learn, over time, to use their time wisely, set priorities, and be organized—the exact skills needed for later success in school and life.
Nurture your child’s empathy and social skills: In contrast to traditional schooling, our program enables our social six- to twelve-year-olds to regularly work with friends, interact freely with mixed-age peers, and learn how to resolve inevitable peer conflicts in a kind, mature way.
|Ages Served:||1st – 3rd (lower elementary mixed-age classrooms)
4th – 6th (upper elementary mixed-age classroom)
|Schedules:||8:30 am – 4 pm
Extended care available 8 am – 6 pm
|Programs Offered:||10 months; summer camp is also available|
|Staffing:||Three Montessori-trained head teachers for up to 50 students. Additional specialist teachers for yoga, karate, music, and additional language support in the afternoons.|
|Languages Offered:||Mandarin Chinese/English, or Japanese/English.|
|Teacher Qualifications:||AMS or AMI Montessori training for head teachers All teachers are native speakers of the languages they teach in, and speak only in their native language with the students|
|Schedule:||Montessori work period from 8:30 to 11:30 am each day.
Afternoons include writing process, silent reading, focused work in Chinese or Japanese, yoga, karate, music.
|Admission Criteria:||Must speak Chinese or Japanese at a conversational level.
Preference given to children with prior Montessori experience (but not required if otherwise a good fit).
To enter first grade, children must at a minimum be strong phonetic readers in English, and understand the concepts of multi-digit addition and subtraction, with the help of materials.