Upper Elementary (4th and 5th grade)

LAMB has five Upper Elementary communities:

  • Accotick Purple, Accotick Green, Yaocomaco Blue, and Yaocomaco Yellow (Walter Reed facility)

  • A new community at our South Dakota facility which students will name in the near future. 

In Upper Elementary, students receive half of their instruction in Spanish and half in English. At Walter Reed, two communities share four teachers. Two teachers teach in Spanish to one community while the other two teach in English to the other community. Teachers then switch communities. At South Dakota, two bilingual teachers stay with the same community all day. One teacher teaches in Spanish while the other one teaches in English. 

Upper Elementary students build on the skills and content they mastered in the Lower Elementary curriculum. They internalize the concepts that the Montessori materials represented. With time, they shift to more abstract ideas and tasks and become less dependent on Montessori materials. Students regularly do projects, performances, and research papers. Upper Elementary students also have weekly art, music, technology, and physical education clases.

One major part of the Upper Elementary program is “going out.” We encourage students and teachers to plan small and large group trips in the Washington, D.C. area. These outings take advantage of the diverse resources in the area and bring classroom learning to life in vivid detail. Older students who plan trips are responsible for doing pre-trip research, planning logistics, and creating a post-trip presentation about what they learned that they share with the community. Upper Elementary communities also do overnight camping and field study experiences twice per year. We see these trips as a way for students to develop independence and leadership skills and bond as a community.



  • Class starts at 8:15 a.m. Students can enter the classroom 10 minutes before classroon starts.

  • Upper Elementary students have a work cycle in the morning. During this time of uninterrupted work, students engage in a combination of individual and small- and large-group work. Teachers observe the students and give them lessons, individually or in small groups. 

  • Students have lunch and recess after the morning work cycle.

  • Students have one more work cycle in the afternoon.

  • Class is dismissed at 3:15 p.m.

LAMB offers an after school program for a fee. The program, which runs from 3:15 p.m. until 6:00 p.m., is conducted in full Spanish immersion.