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Upper Elementary

Our Upper Elementary Program


By the time the students arrive in Upper Elementary (Grades 4th, 5th, and 6th), they are prepared to research, write, and present orally. Reading is used as a tool and literary genres are studied in depth. Writing is used as a means of communicating individual thought and creativity. Math and science are taken to a more advanced level. (The dissection of a frog is a favorite day in this class!)

History and world cultures are studied and relevant connections are made to current events. Proper ‘netiquette’, digital literacy, and internet safety are emphasized as students learn to utilize more online resources in their research. Upper Elementary Students travel to The Outdoor School at Camp Champions each year to further develop independence, peer cohesion, and nature/science skills. Team building activities strengthen the individual and group. Students spend two nights and three days at this wonderful camp outside of Marble Falls.

Fourth graders study Texas government and have traveled to Austin to view firsthand the way our government and government officials conduct the business of Texas. All students learned debate strategies and techniques for stating opinions, asserting views, and making persuasive arguments.

Fifth and sixth graders research global issues, such as water availability, education, world health problems, and nuclear proliferation as they prepare to represent their assigned country at the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) in New York City during the spring semester. This four day conference is great preparation for life in the 21st century, as students work together as delegates to develop solutions to problems facing their world today. Students will continue to advance their reading, math, science, history, language, writing, geography, music, and art skills.

Upper elementary students continue to advance their reading, math, science, history, language, writing, geography, music, and art skills and express their ideas using multimedia presentation formats.

Meet Our Upper Elementary Teacher

Upper Elementary Teacher

Kristen Roberts


Born and raised in the beautiful state of Colorado Kristen graduated from Wesley College in Dover, Delaware, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, with a concentration in English Language Arts and Special Education (K-12). Kristen completed her student teaching in a fourth grade classroom and served as a special education paraprofessional and taught 3rd grade her first year out of college. After teaching 7th grade ELA at a small charter school in Delaware, Kristen and her fiancé’ moved to San Antonio where she taught 7th grade in a charter school. She is currently training to receive her Upper Elementary Montessori diploma. Kristen enjoys traveling, being outdoors, reading, and avidly following her Colorado sports teams; (GO BRONCOS!) In her spare time, she likes to go kayaking or playing with her dog Macey! “I am thrilled to make the transition to SACDMS this school year!”

Upper Elementary School Supply List

Special Programs

  • Barnyard – MariaMontessori believed with knowledge comes respect. Our barnyard offers an intimate experience for observation and care taking. The Upper Elementary children enjoy feeding the goats, or hens, and providing them fresh water. Mutual respect naturally develops between the animals and the children.
  • Butterfly Garden & Garden Boxes – On campus we maintain a butterfly garden and each class has its own garden box that the children plant and water. The students enjoy completing the work cycle, learning about the environment, and understanding this ecosystem.
  • Fine Arts Performances – Our Fine Arts program provides children with the foundation for knowledge and appreciation of the master artists and composers as well as opportunities for self-expression. Throughout the year, parents/guardians are invited to enjoy performances given by the children.
  • Computer & Internet Use – Montessori materials are designed to help students refine motor skills; develop thinking and problem solving skills, as well as increase vocabulary and understanding of other concepts. As a result, computers are introduced in Elementary. Permission slips signed by parents are required before students are allowed to utilize the computers. Commitment agreements are required by the student and parents in order to maintain the highest standard of use.
  • Outdoor School – In the Fall, some students in the Upper Elementary class travel to Camp Champions for a three-day/two-night excursion. Camp Champions is located just west of Marble Falls, Texas. Benefits include: self-discovery, self-management away from home, peer relationships, bonding relationship building and participation in nature studies.
  • Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) – In April, some students in the Upper Elementary class develop leadership skills by participating in the MMUN held in New York City. Enrolled students commit to one hour after school, two days a week to prepare and practice for the conference. During the conference, students role-play as diplomats of a specified country and debate real world issues. Diplomats have the opportunity to vote in the General Assembly Hall of the United Nations Building. This entire experience helps students develop skills in research, writing, networking, communication skills, and public speaking. The students return from this four-day excursion displaying knowledge, growth, maturity, and pride.

Child Care Assistance Programs – We are a Provider for the following:

  • CCS, Child Care Services: The Child Care Services (CCS) division of the City of San Antonio partners with Alamo Area Development Cooperation (AADC) to provide child care and provider management services for Bexar County, and 11 surrounding areas including: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson.
  • NACCRA: Child Care Aware of America is our nation’s leading voice for child care. We work with state and local Child Care Resource and Referral agencies (CCR&Rs) and other community partners to ensure that all families have access to quality, affordable child care.
  • GSA: Child Care Subsidies for Federal Employees. Child care subsidy programs provide financial assistance to eligible families to assist with child care costs.

Upper Elementary Tuition

First Child Second Child
Annual $9,800 Annual $9,300
Semi-Annual $4,900 Semi-Annual $4,650
10 Month Aug-May $990 10 Month Aug – May $940
12 Month Jun-May $825 12 Month Jun – May $785

*Please Note: 10 & 12 month tuition schedules are paid per month. Application and registration fees are non-negotiable and non-refundable.

Early Bird & After School Enrichment

Activities include building and construction activities, games of strategy, and cooperative play. If your Primary student finds school a difficult adjustment, consider this program for a smooth transition into the Montessori classroom at 9:30 a.m.

Early Birds Daily Rate M-F M, W, F T/Th
7:30 – 8:00 $5 $95 $55 $35
7:30 – 9:30 $15 $300 $180 $120
8:00 – 9:30 $10 $160 $93 $69
8:30 – 9:30 $7 $110 $69 $49


After School Enrichment Daily Rate M-F M, W, F T/Th
2:30 – 4:00 $12 $180 $104 $77
2:30 – 5:30 $15 $225 $154 $110

Admissions & Enrollment Process for New Students


Students will be accepted if the following criteria are met:

  1. The school is confident the student’s needs can be met at SACDMS.
  2. Evidence is present that the school and family are a suitable fit for the SACDMS community.
  3. The school, the parents, and the student commit to share equally in the educational  process.


At San Antonio Country Day Montessori School, we accept applications regardless of race, color, creed, religion, or national origin. Formal registration for the following Fall/Spring terms begins in February, with registration ongoing until class sizes are realized. Waiting lists are maintained and when openings become available parents/guardians will be called in order taken.

Before admission, an enrollment contract complete with registration fee, Physician’s Statement, current shot record, and automatic tuition payment authorization must be on file in the Admission’s Office.

Please Note: Application and registration fees are non-negotiable and non-refundable.