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St. Catherine’s Montessori is a unique learning environment where we partner with families to guide children to learn, grow, and explore as they discover the inner wisdom inherent in all human beings, develop self-confidence and a love of learning, connect to beauty and nature, and experience the presence of God. The journey that all children take at St. Catherine’s is made possible by contributions to the SCM Fund, which allows us to meet our annual operating needs.
Reaching 100% parent participation in the SCM Fund is important, as is reaching this year's $175,000 financial goal. St. Catherine's depends on every member of our community to make a meaningful annual gift. We ask that all families make gifts or pledges before December 31, 2019 and keep in mind that pledge balances are to be paid in full May 31, 2020. *Due to the impact of COVID-19, St. Catherine's is extending the pledge payment deadline by one month to June 30, 2020.
Last spring we showcased each of our Montessori programs to illustrate the journey our children take as they progress from Infant Community through High School. 

Part 1: Infant Community
In the Infant Community, our children aged 14 months to three years begin to develop their independence and sense of community. The children develop their language and fine motor skills, care for animals and their environment, cook, dress themselves, pray, dance, make art, and practice grace and courtesy.

Part 2: Primary
In the Primary community, the absorbent minds of our three- to six-year-olds begin to consciously soak up information about their environment, and the children start to make sense of and give meaning to their learning. The children develop concentration and coordination through practical life lessons; acquire writing and reading; learn to associate quantities with numerals; are introduced to other cultures through geography lessons; become familiar with the items found in Mass and take lessons in the Atrium; perfect their use of art tools; listen and move to a wide range of music; learn to match pitch and sequence the order of the scale; and care for their community garden and classroom pets and plants.

Part 3: Lower Elementary
At the Lower Elementary level the reasoning minds of the six- to eight-year-old develop, and the children become more social and assertive. They spend a lot of time exploring the “why” of things, and enjoy deepening and broadening their understanding of concepts through group work, listening to stories, and using their imaginations to better grasp the complexity of the universe. The curriculum introduces students to the five “Great Stories”, which include the origin of the universe, the coming of life on earth, the coming of human beings, the story of oral and written communication, and the story of numbers – all of which are a springboard from which the children begin to explore and appreciate the excitement of learning. Additionally, the children move outside the classroom by “going out” into the larger environment to learn more about topics that interest them.
Part 4: Upper Elementary
The Upper Elementary students are increasingly aware of the gray areas of life, and interested in exploring their sense of justice inside the classroom and beyond. The students continue to ask "Why?" and want to know how rules and circumstances benefit themselves and others as they develop a basis for talking about politics and government. The curriculum allows our fourth- through sixth-grade students to make more detailed examinations of the five "Great Stories." Additionally, the students grow their independence and expand their movements outside the classroom with their "going out" activities and longer overnight field trips. 
Part 5: Adolescent Community
In the Adolescent Community the student experience is focused on study, work and community living! In the AC, the 7th- through 9th-graders learn to balance freedom and responsibility and develop their social and economic independence. Their wide-ranging curriculum gives every student a full and well-rounded education to help them fully understand the responsibility they have to mankind and our planet Earth. Students have the freedom to develop their studies according to their interests, therefore, in almost every area of the curriculum students are offered some choice. The adolescents also begin work on the farm at Japhet Creek where they explore environmental, urban planning and social justice issues by tending their crops and supporting their micro-economy.
Part 6: High School
We have entered the last leg of the St. Catherine’s Journey – the High School! Our students enter the 10th grade ready to take on more adult roles at school and beyond. Our aim is to educate their whole selves and guide their transition into adulthood by providing rigorous academic study, moral education, and spiritual inquiry. The High School program gives them the opportunity to pursue advanced courses at partnering institutions, internships, and independent study – experiences we consider integral to high school education as opposed to electives. St. Catherine’s students will graduate having pursued knowledge and experiences that represent who they are in the fullest sense, ready to walk their individual paths.

Part 7: The St. Catherine's Journey
At St. Catherine's Montessori children learn, grow, and explore as they develop self-confidence and a love of learning, connect to beauty and nature, and experience the presence of God. Every stage of their educational journey is dedicated to awakening in our students the awareness of their gifts and responsibilities as stewards of the global community.