In her research, Maria Montessori observed that the child possesses a natural spirituality and that from the earliest age, seeks religious experience in its most essential element. For this reason, Milwaukee Montessori School offers a special after-school program called The Atrium.

The Atrium curriculum was designed to enrich that relationship by creating an environment with beautifully prepared materials that foster a child’s religious life, community, and worship through the study of scripture and liturgy. This optional religious curriculum has been used in many Montessori schools throughout the world, including at MMS for the last 15 years.

Parent Testimonials

“My children gained so much from their Atrium experience at MMS. Atrium provided the perfect spiritual bridge for our children. I was particularly impressed with the respectful and graceful way they learned about such key tenets as the liturgical calendar, parables, and prayer as well as important biblical figures. The materials that are used in lessons are beautiful and the Montessori set up of the Atrium classroom provided a comfortable and familiar environment. Every week, my children were excited to share with me what they had learned in Atrium. They drew connections to lessons they had learned in the previous weeks and their interest was piqued in the historical relevance of the people and places that were highlighted.”

“Our family loves Atrium and the teachers. Our son looks forward to the unique Montessori-based lessons each week.  The crafts he brings home provide a wonderful opportunity to discuss Christianity together as a family.”

2018 Program Details

  • Fee: $275 for 10-session program
  • Where: Miriam’s Corner
  • Children’s House Meeting Time: Tuesdays, beginning October 2 from 3:45 p.m. to 5 p.m. See full CH Atrium curriculum.
  • Lower Elementary Meeting Time: Wednesdays, beginning October 3rd from 3:45 pm to 5 p.m. See full LE Atrium curriculum.

Pick-up Time: All students that are going home will go to the patio where there will be a pick-up line from 5 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. All applicable fees will apply for students not picked up by 5:15 p.m. All other students will be taken to child care after class.

If you are paying for full-week/full-year after school childcare, we will earmark those child care funds for this program, and no additional payment will be necessary.