The Middle School Program (grades 7 and 8)
The Montessori Environment: Middle School 12 to 15 years
In the Middle School, students have opportunities to positively contribute in a small community, to develop their own interests and passions through hands-on work and study, and to grow in independence by negotiating a careful balance between freedom and responsibility.
The Middle School curriculum challenges students to learn through inquiry and project work in collaborative settings. While students can work at their own pace, faculty members also engage with students through observation, lessons, and evaluations that help them work to their full potential. When students graduate, they are ready to enter highschool with key skills to support their success, including: self-advocacy, self-management, and an awareness of how to engage and pursue their emerging interests.
Students actively shape the life of the community by developing a code of civility at the beginning of the year, processing concerns in weekly council meetings, and supporting each other, aided by an Advisor, in mixed-age advisory groups. The Middle School provides a sense of belonging where students feel safe to develop their voice and can process many issues that may arise during adolescence.
We aim to create an environment that provides the needed support and the developmental opportunities to help young teens navigate early adolescence with efficacy. In addition to each student having an assigned advisor as a primary point of contact, all of our faculty members are trained to provide the needed modeling and guidance that is most helpful to students of this age.
Our middle school is fully Accredited for Grades 7-8 by the Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).