Q&A

Isn’t Montessori education only for preschoolers?

Because of the emphasis that Montessori education places on independent learning in a supportive atmosphere, the approach continues to have value at each stage of a child’s development.

Today, Montessori education is offered at all grade levels. In addition to a handful of elementary Montessori schools, Denver Public Schools also has the Denver Montessori Junior/Senior High School for middle school and high students.

How many students are usually in a Montessori class?

The size of a Montessori classroom values the lessons of community. At Gilpin Montessori, are classrooms typically have 25-30 students. The idea is that older students are proud to act as role models; younger students feel supported and gain confidence about the challenges ahead.

What curriculum do Gilpin Montessori teachers follow?

We teach the same basic skills as traditional schools and offer a rigorous academic program. The approach is the difference because it is integrated and you might learn science, history, geography and language through one topic.

Our younger students learn through sensory-motor activities working with materials that develop their cognitive powers – seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and movement.

Because learning is a continuum, Montessori classrooms present early concepts of place, value, composition, geometry, algebra and advance subjects that stimulate a child’s interest and are built upon each successive year.

Highly sequential language and math activities build on previous knowledge while expanding a child’s individual progress. Specifically designed hands-on learning materials help your child learn by doing and seeing and hearing all at the same time.

In elementary years, Montessori learning materials help students organize their thinking and an interdisciplinary curriculum takes thinking from the abstract to the concrete. For example, while studying a map of Africa, students may learn about the art, history and inventions of several countries in Africa. That may lead to Egypt and the study of pyramids which introduces concepts of geometry. This way students can become fully immersed in a topic.

Teachers set-up classrooms to encourage independence, freedom within limits and a sense of order.

How does grading work at Gilpin Montessori?

Report cards address the Common Core Standards. Students do not receive letter grades. Teachers report if students are proficient in a standard, moving toward proficiency or just beginning to work on the standard.

Do students at Gilpin Montessori take standardized tests?

We are mandated to administer the same tests as all Denver Public Schools.