Our Programs

EARLY YEARS PROGRAM

Ages 18 months–3 years
8:30-11:30 AM
5:1 student-teacher ratio*
3-, and 5-day options

The Early Years program was designed, in part, to help prepare young children to transition successfully to the 3-to-6 program. Since its inception, however, Early Years has developed a unique identity within our school. Montessori philosophy and concepts are introduced in a relaxed atmosphere. Young children are stimulated by activities that challenge, engage, and promote self-esteem and independence. Additionally, toilet training is supported as each child is ready and interested in a no-pressure environment.



3-TO-6 MORNING PROGRAM

Ages 3 to 6
8:30–11:30 AM
10:1 student-teacher ratio*
Monday through Friday

The integrated approach of Habitat’s Montessori 3-to-6 program encourages children to be self-confident, resourceful, and productive members of society. Being part of a mixed age group allows children opportunities to work together and learn from each other—older children acting as role models and leaders while younger children feel comfortable looking to peers for help or guidance. Each child learns to cooperate with children of different ages; to respect and celebrate one another; and to take care of themselves, others, and the environment.

Children move freely and purposefully about the classroom, letting their natural curiosity lead their academic choices— including reading, writing, math, science, history, geography, zoology, language, botany, and practical life. In addition, our three- to six-year-old students enjoy enrichment offerings such as Spanish, music, library, yoga, and international studies.



3-TO-6 AFTERNOON PROGRAM

Ages 3 to 6
11:30 AM–1:30 PM and 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
10:1 student-teacher ratio*
Monday through Thursday

A continuation of their morning work, students in the 3-to-6 classrooms can begin to extend their partial days into full days with afternoon options concluding at 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM.



BRIDGE TO ELEMENTARY

Age 6 / third year 3-to-6 students
11:30 AM–1:30 PM and 11:30 AM–3:00 PM
10:1 student-teacher ratio*
Monday through Friday

For the 2017-2018 school year, ACH is excited to introduce a pilot program, “Bridge to Elementary,” where third-year students in our 3-to-6 program who plan to continue to Habitat’s elementary programming can spend time in the Elementary I classroom in the afternoon, as preparation to transition to that room the following year. While children will not see differences in their curriculum here, we believe immersive blocks of time in their next classroom will ease the transition to a new style of instruction and social atmosphere.



ELEMENTARY I PROGRAM

Ages 6 to 9
8:30 AM–3:00 PM
12:1 student-teacher ratio*

The Habitat elementary program specifically meets the needs of each child and is aligned with Indiana State Standards. Habitat’s small classroom environment provides individualized instruction tailored to meet each student’s academic needs. Children are in a mixed-age grouping to foster leadership, peer-teaching, and spontaneous group interaction. Students learn to be successful and excel in ways that are meaningful and natural to them.

The teacher has the dual role of acting as a catalyst through teacher-initiated activities and as a nurturer of the child’s self-discovery.



ELEMENTARY II PROGRAM

Ages 9 to 12
8:30 AM–3:00 PM
12:1 student-teacher ratio*

Like our Elementary I program, Elementary II specifically meets the needs of each child and aligns fully with Indiana State Standards. The small classroom size at Habitat truly enables our teachers to meet unique, specific student needs as they develop and flourish both academically and socially.


"This program has allowed us to truly follow our child. After our oldest daughter graduated, we were not ready to let go of the growth we had seen in the Montessori classroom. Two years later, we have now witnessed the same, incredible growth in our youngest daughter and know we made the best choice for our children." –Sarah H.


* All ratios indicate maximums.


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