Montessori programs conventionally start at age three with multi-aged groups of three, four, and five year old children. The elementary curriculum builds as the children move through the program one year at a time. At Fairview Glen the Montessori programs start at the optimal Preschool or Casa level and continue through the elementary years to the age of twelve. Multi- aged groupings are an essential part of Montessori education. They enhance the learning dynamic by reducing competition, maximizing curriculum options for each child, providing a family atmosphere that plays a vital role in socialization, and permitting older children to model advanced work for younger ones. Our programs group children as follows: