General Studies Curriculum

CMCH General Studies is based on the Montessori philosophy while ensuring it is always meeting or surpassing the GSE (Georgia Standards of Excellence).  For more information on the GSE click here.

How many schools would be willing to have a third-party conduct formative assessment, 3 times a year, with the results handed to parents together with the school report cards?

How many schools have the tools to measure not only whether your child mastered their grade level standards but also to tell you what their maximum potential really is?

How many schools will use formative assessment to continually fine-tune the curriculum to meet your child’s potential?

How many schools have the tools to measure not only proficiency but to measure your child’s academic growth as well?

How many schools would be willing to have their student’s measure up, 3 times a year, against their peers across the state and across the entire US?

How many schools will give you an ongoing growth chart for your child that begins from the time they enter the school until the time they graduate?

All the above will be fully implemented at CMCH by August 2016. We want our parents and teachers to have the most cutting-edge educational tools in order to ensure each child is given the best chance to reach their fullest potential.

Furthermore, we believe and implement the core concepts of Montessori education.

The core concepts of Montessori education that we implement include the following:

* Multi-age classrooms

* Differentiated instruction

* Research-based learning

* Hands-on discovery experiences

* Learning through choices

Challenging a child’s mind and creating an interest in learning are the two guiding principles of our curriculum.  We are committed to providing an enjoyable school experience that incorporates the “whole” child by meeting his/her cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual needs.  The curriculum is centered on research and inquiry-based learning, multi-sensory materials in the younger grades, and collaborative learning.

More specifically:

  • Language Arts:

Our language Arts program focuses on the use of language to communicate effectively through speech and writing.  We use a comprehensive literacy program which includes spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, grammar, and writing skills.

We provide instructional lessons and many daily opportunities for students to engage in oral reading, listening, writing, and speaking experiences.

  • Math:

The Montessori math program is highlighted by the visual and concrete manipulatives that give our students the foundational understanding of math concepts. The use of concrete materials in the lower grades allows the place value, decimal system, and the four basic math operations become crystal clear concepts. We teach our students to think mathematically and our ultimate goal is for MATH to MAKE SENSE!

  • Science:

The scientific process includes observation, classification, hypothesis, experimentation, analysis, and application.  Our science program includes Life Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. We emphasize student engagement through hands-on experiments and projects.

  • Social Studies:

The Social Studies curriculum brings wonder and excitement to every student. We open the child’s eyes to our big world and help each child grasp an understanding of how the past influences the present and the future. Our curriculum incorporates many disciplines of social studies, including geography and map skills, economics, history, and political science.

  • Enrichment Programs

As an additional means to engage and develop the “whole” child, our school provides a full menu of enrichment programs. These include PE classes, Engineering as well as art and gardening and interpersonal relations. As Howard Gardner proposed the in his theory of ‘multiple intelligence’, students need to have opportunities to use and demonstrate intelligence not just by being “good at math” but by being good at art, PE etc.