Academics

Montessori Early School

The Grosse Pointe Academy’s Montessori Early School program builds the foundation for an advanced understanding of language, mathematics, reasoning, and critical thinking at a young age. As the longest-running Montessori program in Michigan, our instructors cultivate a powerful desire to learn that fosters creativity, independence, and perseverance in every student.

Within the Academy’s Early School, children begin their education journey guided by eight essential Montessori principles:

  • Movement enhances thinking and learning
  • Children thrive when they have choice and control
  • Children learn better when they’re interested in what they are learning
  • Tying rewards to learning negatively impacts motivation over time
  • Children should learn with and from each other
  • Children learn better by doing, rather than via instruction alone
  • Teachers set boundaries, but allow freedom within those boundaries
  • An orderly environment is beneficial to children

Our Early School students graduate with an uncommon cognitive and emotional foundation that provides an unprecedented long-term academic and social advantage as they continue their education.

Early School Enrollment Options

  • Three Day Program (MWF mornings – ages 2.5 – 3)
  • Three Day Plus Three Program (MWF mornings & afternoons – ages 2.5 – 3)
  • Half Day Program (M-F mornings – ages 2.5 – 4)
  • Half Day Plus Two Program (M-F mornings & T/Th afternoons – ages 2.5 – 4)
  • Half Day Plus Three Program (M-F mornings & MWF afternoons – ages 2.5 – 4)
  • Full Day (M-F mornings and afternoons – ages 2.5 – 4)
  • Young 5s (M-F mornings and afternoons – 5-year-olds)
  • Kindergarten (M-F mornings and afternoons – 5-year-olds)

Before and After Care programs are available. Before Care begins at 7:30 a.m. and After Care runs until 5:00 p.m.