Elementary Education (Ages 6-12)

The AIS approach to elementary education unites the best aspects of constructivist educational philosophy with Montessori pedagogy and recent research on the benefits of subject-specific academic rigor.

AIS Elementary Core Commitments:

  1. Respect for the individual child

  2. The conviction that the urge to work, to challenge oneself, is an essential human quality

  3. Setting high academic goals, and providing children with a clear path to achieving those goals

  4. honing learning strategies, unique to each child, that will allow students to thrive at AIS and beyond

As students master aspects of their studies, the members of the faculty guide them to natural increases in academic breadth and complexity.

History & Social Sciences:

  • Understanding the past, participating in the present, welcoming the future

  • History of the Cosmos

  • Western and non-Western history and culture

  • Geography

  • Timeline of civilizations

  • American government and comparative government


  • Phonics

  • Grammar

  • Handwriting

  • Literature, theatre performance

  • Composition/effective and intellectually solid argument

  • Research skills/critical thinking, developing and presenting research papers

Physical & Life Sciences:

  • Research methods

  • Observation and record-keeping in experimental settings

  • Development of a hypothesis based on research; testing of hypothesis and presentation of results

  • Use of the outdoor classroom as a natural laboratory

  • Physical Sciences: Geology, Chemistry, Physics

  • Life Sciences: Botany, Biology

Math & Technology:

  • Mastery of elemental arithmetic as a strong foundation for higher level mathematical challenges

  • Fractions

  • Geometry

  • Algebra

  • Opportunity to accelerate studies or to take additional time to achieve mastery of particular concepts

  • Computer Literacy skills


  • Spanish

  • Fine Arts

  • Harp

  • Piano

Once we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight, or any experience that reveals the human spirit.
— E.E. Cummings