In the Lower School community of 6 to 12 year olds, the school day is 8:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The individual child is given as much freedom as the child can manage and as much structure as he or she requires. The Montessori uninterrupted 3 hour morning work cycle is, as in the Primary class, critical to the success of this dynamic learning environment. A sunny, 2400 square foot room with space for floor work as well as table work, soft music, and busy minds is intriguing to all who visit. Spanish, music, drama, visual arts, and organic gardens add to the rich, math and language intensive academic curriculum. The 6 to 12 year old moves, in his or her own time, from concrete to abstraction and satisfies an inherent interest in life's "big picture" through work with botany, zoology, geology, and physical and cultural geography.
Counterpane is dedicated to the purest Montessori education and engages only teachers trained by Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) or the American Montessori Society (AMS) at the primary and elementary level. Counterpane is philosophically aligned with the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES), and is accredited by the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC). Counterpane's campus is on 14 wooded acres with organic gardens and farm animals.