Ages 12 to 15 years
The whole life of the adolescent should be organized in such a way that will allow him or her, when the time comes, to make a triumphal entry into the life of society, not entering it debilitated, isolated or humiliated, but with head high, sure of himself or herself. Success in life depends on self-confidence born of a true knowledge of one’s capacities.” Maria Montessori
The Montessori Adolescent program supports students through a challenging time in their development – as they move away from childhood and toward their adult self. Academic development is combined with opportunities for real world experiences and creative self-expression, in an accepting community of peers that treat one another with respect.
The program focuses on three primary areas – academic development, creative expression and real world experiences, which Montessori called “occupations”. Our focus on place-based learning engages students in subjects of humanities, sciences, and math by linking projects with student’s daily experiences. Students develop skills of self-expression through artistic enterprises but also through journaling and seminar participation.
Some of the unique features of our Montessori Adolescent program are:
- The inclusion of a STEM lab in the classroom – where students can engage with science concepts in practical real-world ways.
- Weekly participation in localized community service projects – provides students with opportunities to give back, follow their interests and develop leadership skills.
- Seminar discussion groups – give students skills and experience in expressing ideas and allow them to delve deeper into specific academic areas.
Students in the Montessori Adolescent Program embark on 2 “Odyssey” trips during the school year. Odyssey trips are student planned and reflect the interests & work of the community. Project-based short excursions are also a feature of the school day and are planned by students, with assistance and direction from the Adolescent Guide.