The Three Planes of Development

Montessori saw the child developing across three "Planes of Development"

  1. The first plane encompasses the child from birth to age 6. Our Toddler and Preprimary programs work with children in this first plane of development.
  2. The child moves in the second plane of development from roughly age 6 to 12. At Carmel these children are found in the Primary/Elementary classroom. 
  3. The third plane of development is the period of adolescence from age 12-18. Carmel has one of very, very few Erdkinder programs in the country--that is, a Montessori adolescent program or high school based on Maria Montessori's own school and curricular design for children of these ages.