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Lower School


Two paths to the same destination

You know your child better than anyone else. And every day, you marvel at how fast they’re growing and changing. How can you give your child the most empowering education in these wondrous and crucial early years?

At Calhoun, we believe in providing each student every opportunity to learn in the ways that work best for them. Through our recent merger with Metropolitan Montessori School, we are now offering the choice of two tracks for children in preschool through 3rd grade: Open Inquiry and Montessori. Though the tracks differ in several aspects of their approach, they share much in common: above all, shaping independent, self-aware, compassionate, and proactive young learners and citizens. 

The two tracks join together through a carefully planned transition in 4th grade. Whichever track you choose, expert educators ensure your child is fully prepared to advance academically and personally. Your choice of tracks comes down to how your child, as an individual, can learn best at this stage of their development. Your child’s current and future teachers will work closely with you to help you make your decision—and, as you observe and assess your child’s progress together, you can always switch tracks. 

Regardless of your choice, once admitted, your child remains enrolled in Calhoun through 12th grade.

Lower School Tracks At a Glance

Similarities and differences between both lower school tracks


Lower School student

"Our goal is to foster students who are excited and self-directed learners, willing to take intellectual risks."

Steve Solnick, Head of School

Learn More

Explore the two tracks available for students in preschool through third grade: Open Inquiry or Montessori: MMS@Calhoun.



Learn more about the ongoing student experience at Calhoun in 4th and 5th grades.

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