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Middle School Program

Ages 12-15 / 7th Grade — 9th Grade

Based in Maria Montessori’s unique vision for the holistic development of the adolescent, Montessori Academy’s adolescent program is dedicated to providing students, ages 12-15, with a challenging, integrated curriculum in an environment that supports personal, academic, and social development.  We provide adolescents with opportunities for the development of individual personality and intellect and opportunities for genuine social experience.

Montessori Academy’s 11-acre campus provides a rich environment for adolescent work and study.  Our growing garden, resident animals, nature trail, buildings and grounds offer a picturesque and serene setting while also providing a safe and nurturing environment that allows for exploration, study and work.  Through study on our land, classroom work and social interaction, adolescents make meaningful contributions to our community, helping them to develop a sense of social responsibility and economic independence.

Adolescents are undergoing a major transition from childhood to adulthood.  They are experiencing great physical and mental change and are beginning to take on adult roles, responsibilities and relationships.  They are considering big questions such as: Who am I?  Where do I fit?  Who am I in relation to my community?  My country?  My world?  What contribution can I make?  They desire intellectual stimulation, creative expression, independence, opportunity to make meaningful contributions and validation of self.

We offer the adolescent a rigorous curriculum in language, science, math, arts and humanities.  We provide ample opportunity for creative expression and physical activity.  We incorporate foreign language study into our daily routine, in addition to daily foreign language lessons.  Through a variety of business endeavors such as selling produce from our garden, eggs from our chickens and lunch meals on given days, adolescents learn money management and financial responsibility.   Classroom work is closely integrated with field study, goings out, visiting experts, work on our land and a range of other experiences.

The routine of the students includes regularly scheduled blocks of work time, assigned and assessed homework and formal testing of conceptual understanding, however, the approach is thoroughly Montessori.  The final goal is not a letter grade or diploma, but rather the development of the intellect, creativity, and independence.  Teachers guide and direct students while allowing for independent research, thought, and work.  Students are prepared for the transition to high school and college. They learn to think independently and creatively, problem solve, interact with others and take on social responsibility.