Upper Elementary

Guiding Students to be Leaders in Change

“For parents who invest in a Montessori education beyond the earliest years, you are gifted with a child who goes into the world able to reach their highest potential—not only academically and eventually in their careers, but as human beings who are going to give back and make it a better world.”
Michelle Morrison, Head of School, Princeton Montessori School


Westmont’s Upper Elementary Montessori Program consists of grades 4-6.  The Upper Elementary Montessori curriculum is a three year program and exceeds the British Columbia required curriculum. At Westmont, we have small student to teacher ratios and the program is child-centered therefore children who are new to the Montessori style are integrated into the program with success. 

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Stories from Upper Elementary

Alan and Sarah share their views on Upper Elementary (Grades 4-6) and how a caring school community acts and feels at Westmont Montessori School in Victoria BC.

Juniper was rather unhappy at her previous school. Crispin suggested a change to Westmont Montessori School. What a difference a change in approach can make to re-ignite the love of learning.

The Montessori Elementary Model

Montessori instruction requires the active personal pursuit of many different experiences: physical, social, emotional and cognitive. The environment is carefully prepared so that the children can move independently from one area to another. Each room has a Practical Life, Sensorial, Language, Mathematics, Cultural and Art area. Freedom, independence, social development and academic learning are all important facets of the Montessori Method.

Montessori Method

Traditional Method

Emphasis is on cognitive and social development

Emphasis is on cognitive development

Teacher has unobtrusive role in classroom

Teacher is center of classroom as "controller"

Environment and method encourage self-discipline

Teacher is primary enforcer of discipline

Mainly individual instruction

Group and individual instruction

Mixed age grouping

Same age grouping

Grouping encourages children to teach and help each other

Most teaching is done by the teacher

Child chooses own work

Curriculum is structured for the child

Child discovers own concepts from self-teaching materials

 Child is guided to concepts by the teacher

Child works as long as he wishes on chosen project

Child is generally allotted specific time for work

Child sets own learning pace

Instruction pace is usually set by group norm

Child spots own errors from feedback of material

Errors usually are pointed out by the teacher

Child reinforces own learning by repetition of work and internal feelings of success

Learning is reinforced externally by repetition and rewards

Multi-sensory materials for physical exploration

Fewer materials for sensory development

10 Key Elements of Upper Elementary

The Upper Elementary Montessori program is based on the same fundamental building blocks as Lower Elementary.

Inspires students to become independent learners who appreciate and understand their world

Allows students to work at their own pace to practice and master goals, using an extensive selection of Montessori materials

Begins the move from concrete learning toward abstract understanding

Expects students to become increasingly responsible for their own learning

Integrates curriculum areas through the Montessori Great Stories

Individual and small group presentations are given by teachers

Students choose their work in the same manner they learned in the Early Primary program

Individualized work plans allow students to set goals, make appropriate choices, and use their time wisely

Includes exploration days with activities such as cooking, sewing, drama, art and cultural experiences

Specialty instruction in French, Art and Music

Increased focus on abstract understanding versus concrete learning

Greater understanding of the inter-relatedness of all curriculum areas using Montessori’s Great Lessons

The Upper Elementary Montessori program adds to the Lower Elementary the following:

Emphasizes the acquisition of community citizenship, virtues and leadership skills

A unique Marimba program in which students learn music appreciation, theory, and performance skills

Field trips, on-site learning garden and other outdoor experiences


Tuition and Fees

The following gives the fee structure for the Elementary program. Fees can be paid on an annual OR monthly basis. For full admissions details on the family bond, discounts available, withdrawal policy, please see our Admissions page.

Monthly Fees


Monthly Tuition Installments are paid July 2020 to June 2021


Other Monthly Fees

Capital Fee
(per Family)


Before and After School Care
(if used)

$$2.25 per 1/4 hour

School Supply