Alexandria is comprised of four classroom environments, pre-primary for 3-6 year olds, lower elementary for 6-9 year olds, upper elementary for 9-12 year olds, and the middle school for 12-14 year olds. Students remain in each environment for up to three years depending on their age and skill level at entry. Three-year age spans in a classroom is typical of Montessori schools and offers many advantages. Multi-age groupings allow the younger child to benefit from the knowledge and behavior of the older child. Older students benefit as well by developing leadership skills and serving as academic mentors. The older student reinforces their knowledge by assisting the younger student when needed.
Our curriculum reflects that of a traditional Montessori school. Lead teachers are trained in the Montessori method of education through an accredited American Montessori Society (AMS) or Association Montessori International (AMI) training program. The Montessori method of education emphasizes learning through all five senses, not just through listening, watching, or reading. Specially designed learning materials introduce children to basic academic concepts in a sensorial way. It is these materials that give the child a deep understanding of what is being learned. Children in Montessori classes learn at their own individual pace. Learning is an exciting process of discovery leading to concentration, motivation, self-discipline, and a love of life-long learning. Montessori represents an entirely different approach to education.
Our Montessori community is founded out of our respect for children and a devotion to educating children for a peaceful world. Our school is committed to Montessori's approach to education and operates on the principles of freedom within limits, respect for oneself, others, and for the environment. We welcome students from all ethnic, religious, cultural, and racial backgrounds. Maria Montessori believed it is through our knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of all people that we will achieve a peaceful world. Students of Alexandria also learn to be stewards of our environment.
The physical education program at Alexandria centers on our belief in lifelong learning. Students participate in physical fitness exercises, practice yoga and/or skate during the school year. These activities help to ensure that the students will enjoy an active lifestyle. Daily physical activity is also a big part of keeping our students healthy and fit. Students spend time each day outside playing team oriented games such as kickball and soccer or non-competitive active games.
The arts play a strong role in our school community. Students are involved in art and music classes on a weekly basis. Drama is an integral part of every student's education, whether related to a topic being studied in the classroom or as an art form in and of itself. Students attend Dayton Philharmonic concerts, Victoria Theatre presentations, The Dayton Art Institute exhibits and other area art venues throughout the school year. Students at Alexandria are involved in the Dayton area M.U.S.E Machine program each year.