About George Watts
The mission of George Watts Montessori is to prepare our students to be responsible, productive students who have a sense of personal fulfillment and a feeling of love and respect for others. The most important goals for each child are to develop confidence for learning, maintain the desire to learn and obtain the knowledge and skills to support growth. George Watts became a Montessori Magnet school in August 2004. We are the second public Montessori school within the Durham Public Schools System.
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We have six multi-aged Primary classrooms (pre-k/k). These classrooms have a full time teacher and teaching assistant. Students work in all areas of the classroom: math, language, sensorial, science, social studies/geography and practical life. Primary students work with many Montessori materials and begin learning classroom Independence.
Lower Elementary Classrooms
We have nine multi-aged Lower Elementary classrooms (grades 1-3). These classrooms have a full time teacher and teaching assistant. Students will continue working with Montessori materials, but also begin to move towards abstraction in many areas. Lower Elementary students are independent workers, following a weekly workplan. Students work independently, as well as with their peers.
Upper Elementary Classroom
We have five multi-aged Upper Elementary classrooms (grades 4-5). Each classroom has a full time teacher. Students are working abstractly in many areas at this point, but still have an opportunity to explore Montessori materials.
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North Carolina Standard Course of Study
The state of North Carolina has adopted new standards for the 18-19 academic school year. Listed below are links to the North Carolina Standard Course of Study in the areas of Language Arts, Math, and Science. If you are interested in a more in-depth description of standards, please click on the links below, which will take you to the NCDPI webpage for those standards.