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6 -12 years old


It only takes one visit to our Montessori elementary classrooms to realize that something magical and quite different is happening. There’s an active hum about the class and the children move about freely, carrying brightly-colored materials from shelves to tables or work rugs on the floor. You'll find groups of two or four children making music with Montessori bars, others are curled up with a book, and some students are preparing food in the kitchen, or setting up a science experiment in the corner. There, you will find teachers working closely with the students on the floor figuring out long multiplication with a Montessori checkerboard. Or another teacher seated with a group of four children, working on Chinese characters. Our classroom is built to support the continued development of each child and their interests.



The Elementary school program at AIM offers authentic, bi-lingual (Chinese/English or Japanese/English) Montessori programs 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:

  1. The gift of sustained bilingualism—Our school immerses children in Japanese and Chinese culture, to support the ability to understand, speak, read, and write.

  2. Supportive and accelerated, individualized academics—Starting in first grade, students systematically learn the writing process, often writing original, multi-page stories in their first year. They also enjoy daily, sustained silent reading time along with arithmetic into the millions.

  3. Ensure your child remains an eager, internally-motivated learner—We believe in giving children choices within limits, supporting autonomy and a mastery orientation. No "one-size-fits-all" standards, no mandatory standardized tests, and no motivation by grades, stickers, or other distractors.

  4. 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 to use their time wisely, set priorities, and be organized.

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