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Essential classes at Riverbend begin in the toddler community and continue through middle school.  The faculty includes essentialists in Art, Music, PE, World Language, and Technology/Design.  Essential classes are scheduled outside of the Montessori work cycle, so as not to compromise the School’s commitment to Montessori education.  That being said, for the past several years, there has been significant motivation on the part of the faculty to connect essential classes to the core curriculum.  This process has taken years, and is now gaining traction.  The special classes at Riverbend serve to complement the Montessori curriculum and offer students a broad range of opportunities for exploration, joyful learning, and success.