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Claudia C'deBaca

Claudia C'deBaca, 


Every age is a time of discovery, and the elementary years bring their own challenges and triumphs. I enjoy this window of development for many reasons. I love the children's growing sense of independence partnered with their readiness to try new things. Their curiosity motivates them to take on greater challenges as they learn about themselves and the world. 

Carriga Camp

Carriga Camp,


There is so much to love about the elementary age, but I think their burgeoning imagination is my favorite aspect of their learning. As a guide, my work is to spark their sense of wonder about the world, and to guide their understanding of their place within it, all of which helps their imagination to grow. Having the opportunity to ignite their sense of wonder is my favorite part of teaching.

Leah Graby

Leah Graby, 


The elementary child is drawn to collaborative learning, challenging work, and finding their ways to contribute to their larger community. One of my favorite parts of being a guide is observing their process and progress from their early childhood foundation to their elementary classroom. As students develop skills for working and tools for navigating their social world, they discover their own joy for learning.

Student outside holding a stick.

Lower Elementary

Ages 6-9


Student and Guide working inside the classroom.

Upper Elementary

Ages 9-12

A Day in the Life of a Lower Elementary Student

A Day in the Life of a Lower Elementary Student

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Students studying a map of Australia.

Work cycle

The three-hour work cycle is the foundation of each morning in the Montessori classroom, and it is no exception for Elementary. Students work independently through various parts of the curriculum with one-on-one or small group lessons with a guide scheduled throughout the day.

Students doing Language work with a Guide inside the classroom.
Student outside practicing archery.


Abintra's campus sits nestled atop a hill surrounded by 11 wooded acres in West Nashville. Students visit our multiple gardens and walk the labyrinth with care. Venture further into our woods and you'll find forts carefully crafted out of sticks by Elementary students, hiking trails shaded by tall trees, and a fully-stocked archery range. Our apiary provides a hands-on beekeeping experience. 

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